NEW YORK — Left fielder Grady Sizemore hit a go-ahead three-run home run with one out in the top of the sixth inning and Jon Lester pitched effectively into the seventh as the Boston Red Sox evened their four-game series at Yankee Stadium with a 4-2 victory on Friday night.
Right fielder Jonny Gomes also homered for the Red Sox, who had one hit through five innings against New York starter CC Sabathia while Lester (1-2) allowed two runs and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Sabathia (1-2) seemed to be cruising through four innings as his pitch count was at 44, but in the fifth he had long at-bats against catcher David Ross and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr, which resulted in strikeouts but seemed to foreshadow the sixth.
Gomes opened the sixth with his first home run as he turned on a 1-0, 89-mph fastball and sent it well over the left-field wall. With one out, designated hitter David Ortiz hit a check-swing single to third base, which was uncovered due to the shift, and Mike Napoli followed with a line drive single up the middle.
Sizemore took a slider for the first pitch, and Sabathia made the same pitch again. Instead of hitting the target down and away, the pitch was down and in and Sizemore sent it well over the right-field fence.
It was Sizemore’s second home run of the season and first at Yankee Stadium since April 18, 2009, in a 22-4 win by the Cleveland Indians.
Over the first five innings, Lester allowed a leadoff home run to designated hitter Alfonso Soriano in the second and infield hits to shortstop Derek Jeter in the third and left fielder Ichiro Suzuki.
Lester encountered trouble with two outs in the seventh. After Ichiro singled and second baseman Brian Roberts walked, first baseman Kelly Johnson slapped a full-count fastball into right field for an RBI single.
Junichi Tazawa ended the seventh by getting Jeter on a fly out to right field and struck out two in the eighth, including pinch hitter Brian McCann for the final out with Soriano on first.
Eduardo Mujica pitched a perfect ninth for his first save, a week after allowing four runs in the ninth of Boston’s home opener against Milwaukee.
Sabathia struck out four through the first two innings and the Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Soriano’s second home run of the season as he launched a 1-1 fastball just inside the foul pole in left field.
Sabathia worked around a leadoff double to Ross by getting two groundouts and a foulout, avoiding an encounter with Ortiz with men on.
In the fifth, Sabathia allowed a leadoff walk to shortstop Xander Bogaerts but ended the inning by striking out Ross and Bradley Jr.
NOTES: New York CF Jacoby Ellsbury and LHP Matt Thornton received their 2013 championship rings from Boston GM Ben Cherrington and manager John Farrell before batting practice … Boston OF Shane Victorino continued running after doing so Tuesday and 3B Will Middlebrooks took 40 swings on the field and fielded some grounders. Farrell said Victorino is ahead of Middlebrooks in recovering and that the team would have a better gauge on the progression once they reach Chicago on Tuesday. … New York 1B Mark Teixeira turned 34 on Friday and the Yankees said they expect him to return from the DL by May 1.