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Red Sox first lose Lester, then drop one to Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Joba Chamberlain pitched as if his place in the New York Yankees' postseason rotation was at stake.

Winless in eight starts since beating Boston on Aug. 6, Chamberlain responded with his first victory in 1½ months and led the Yankees over the Red Sox 9-5 Friday night.

Earlier this week in Anaheim, Calif., manager Joe Girardi and Yankees coaches met with the 23-year-old right-hander.

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"I wouldn't say that we read him the riot act. We just had a discussion that we knew he was capable of pitching better and that we need to see him pitch better," Girardi said.

Chamberlain (9-6), slated to be the Yankees' No. 4 starter in the AL championship series and World Series, had scuffled while the Yankees held down his pitch count and innings to keep him under his preset and undisclosed limits. He had gone 0-4 with 8.42 ERA in eight starts since beating Boston.

On Friday, he retired his first 11 batters before Victor Martinez's solo homer and allowed three runs and five hits in six innings, throwing 86 pitches. He struck out five and walked one.

"You've just got to be challenged," Chamberlain said. "There's a lot of people in this game that want your job and you know when it comes down to it you have to look like they're going to try to take money off your table and try to take away wins and a championship away from you."

Alex Rodriguez homered, drove in four runs and tied a career high with three steals as the Yankees, already assured of a playoff berth, lowered to three the magic number for their first AL East title since 2006.

Jon Lester (14-8), Boston's best starter during the second half of the season, crumpled to the mound in pain when struck near his right knee by Melky Cabrera's liner in the third inning. His head back and eyes closed, Lester was looked over by trainers from both teams. After about two minutes, Lester hobbled off with the assistance of Red Sox trainer Paul Lessard, and David Ortiz helped him down the dugout steps.

"When it first happened, it looked terrible. It sounded terrible," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said

X-rays were negative, and Boston said Lester had a bruised quadriceps.

"It hit off my knee going about mach seven," Lester said. "It hit me in a good spot, where it didn't do too much damage that, hopefully, I won't miss any time."

He allowed five runs and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings.

"I had good stuff tonight. It was one of those nights they made it seem like I didn't," Lester said.

New York has won seven of eight against Boston, including a four-game sweep at Yankee Stadium from Aug. 6-9, after starting the season 0-8 against the Red Sox.

Rodriguez's two-run homer in the third was New York's team-record 127th at new Yankee Stadium. New York hit 126 homers at old Yankee Stadium in both 2004 and 2005, according to STATS LLC.

The Yankees, who led 5-0 after three innings, also swiped seven bases in seven tries off Jason Varitek, their most steals since they had eight at Oakland on June 2, 1996.

"We wanted to be aggressive today, get runs early," Yankees captain Derek Jeter said. "Like I said in Anaheim, we're in the playoffs, but we haven't accomplished what we want."

Ortiz added a two-run drive off Chamberlain and had three RBI. Ortiz has 27 homers, all but one from June 6 on.

With New York 6½ games in front of the Red Sox, and Boston seven games ahead of Texas in the wild-card race, there is little drama in the three-game series. New York would clinch the division with a sweep, and Boston has a magic number of three for the wild card.

"If we're fortunate enough to keep playing, when this is over, nobody's going to care what happened," Francona said.

Notes

  • The Yankees plan to start A.J. Burnett, Chad Gaudin and Chamberlain against Kansas City next week. That would enable them to flip flop Burnett and Andy Pettitte, with Burnett following CC Sabathia and starting Game 2 of the playoffs.
  • Francona intended to start Varitek in two of three games over the weekend, but might start Martinez behind the plate when Daisuke Matsuzaka pitches Saturday.
  • A-Rod has 93 RBI.
  • Martinez extended his hitting streak to 24 games.
  • Panama President Ricardo Martinelli threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wearing a No. 42 jersey of Mariano Rivera, he bounced the pitch to the Yankees' Panamanian closer.
  • The crowd of 48,449 was just the sixth sellout in 76 games at new Yankee Stadium -- the others were on opening day and during the August sweep of the Red Sox.
 
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Alex Rodriguez serves up power with a homer, but he also ties a career high with three steals. (Getty Images)
Alex Rodriguez serves up power with a homer, but he also ties a career high with three steals. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
New York

A. Rodriguez
AB 3
R 3
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3100102 .302
    Joey Gathright, LF0000000 .278
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3100111 .299
    Chris Woodward, 2B0000000 .221
Victor Martinez, 1B4221011 .301
    Brian Anderson, CF0000000 .236
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4021001 .304
David Ortiz, DH4113001 .237
Jason Bay, LF4010021 .265
    Jed Lowrie, SS0000000 .158
J.D. Drew, RF3020000 .270
    Josh Reddick, RF0000000 .200
   a- Rocco Baldelli, PH0000100 .262
Jason Varitek, C4000024 .208
Alex Gonzalez, SS3000022 .239
    Casey Kotchman, 1B1000001 .273
Totals3358538  
a-walked for Reddick in the 9th
Batting
2B - J.D. Drew (29, Chamberlain)
HR - Victor Martinez (22, Chamberlain), David Ortiz (27, Chamberlain)
RBI - Victor Martinez (102), Kevin Youkilis (87), David Ortiz 3 (94)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (37), David Ortiz 2 (42)
SB - Dustin Pedroia (20, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Posada)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jacoby Ellsbury 1
DP - Pedroia-A. Gonzalez-Martinez
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (L,14-8) 2.1855331 3.52
Hunter Jones 1111100 8.10
Michael Bowden 2.1322230 7.84
Manny Delcarmen 1.1211220 4.37
Ramon Ramirez 1000100 3.02
WP - Michael Bowden (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 78-47, Hunter Jones 31-18, Michael Bowden 55-31, Manny Delcarmen 35-19, Ramon Ramirez 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 2-2, Hunter Jones 1-2, Michael Bowden 1-1, Manny Delcarmen 1-1, Ramon Ramirez 1-2
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 18, Hunter Jones 5, Michael Bowden 10, Manny Delcarmen 8, Ramon Ramirez 4
New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4221110 .330
Johnny Damon, LF3100205 .284
    Brett Gardner, CF0000000 .279
Mark Teixeira, 1B5121012 .293
Alex Rodriguez, 3B3334200 .288
Hideki Matsui, DH3120203 .280
Jorge Posada, C4022113 .286
    Freddy Guzman, PR0000000 .000
    Jose Molina, C0000000 .221
Robinson Cano, 2B5120003 .321
Nick Swisher, RF4000132 .248
Melky Cabrera, CF-LF5011022 .272
Totals36914998  
Batting
2B - Alex Rodriguez (17, Bowden), Robinson Cano (47, Lester)
HR - Alex Rodriguez (28, Lester)
RBI - Derek Jeter (65), Mark Teixeira (119), Alex Rodriguez 4 (93), Jorge Posada 2 (81), Melky Cabrera (66)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira (44), Alex Rodriguez (34)
SB - Derek Jeter 2 (30, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek), Johnny Damon (11, 2nd base off Bowden/Varitek), Alex Rodriguez 3 (14, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek, 3rd base off Lester/Varitek, 2nd base off Jones/Varitek), Robinson Cano (5, 2nd base off Lester/Varitek)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - Cano-Teixeira, Cano-Jeter-Teixeira
E - Johnny Damon (5, Misplayed grounder)
New York Yankees
Joba Chamberlain (W,9-6) 6533152 4.72
Alfredo Aceves 1100000 3.82
Jonathan Albaladejo 0.1221110 4.96
Damaso Marte 0.1000000 9.75
Phil Hughes 0.1000010 3.02
Phil Coke 1000110 4.71
Pitches-Strikes - Joba Chamberlain 86-52, Alfredo Aceves 8-6, Jonathan Albaladejo 22-12, Damaso Marte 2-2, Phil Hughes 5-4, Phil Coke 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joba Chamberlain 6-7, Alfredo Aceves 1-1, Damaso Marte 1-0, Phil Coke 1-0
Batters Faced - Joba Chamberlain 24, Alfredo Aceves 3, Jonathan Albaladejo 4, Damaso Marte 1, Phil Hughes 1, Phil Coke 3
Game Information
Attendance - 48449
Game Time - 3:52
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Tim Welke, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Bill Welke