Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Not evenwas able to slow down the , as knocked in the eventual game-winning run in the sixth inning to send New York over the , 3-2, and into first place in the American League East.
All three of New York's runs came in the sixth against Lester (11-5), who had been 8-1 in his career against Boston's bitter rival.
New York finally solved the left-hander and got 4 1/3 scoreless innings from its bullpen to hold on for an eighth straight win.
The clubs entered with identical 68-42 records, though Boston had dominated the series this year, taking eight of the first nine meetings.
But for the first time since July 7, the Red Sox are not atop the division standings, even though they spotted Lester an early 2-0 cushion and loaded the bases for the league's leading hitter in the fifth.
Recognizing the moment, Yankees manager Joe Girardi pulled starterand summoned for an inning-ending strikeout of .
New York responded in the bottom half with all three of their runs.slapped a run-scoring single to halve the deficit, a double-play ball with the bases loaded off the bat of tied it, and Swisher hit a sharp ground ball past a diving along the third-base line to plate the go-ahead tally.
"They did a good job being patient that inning." Lester said. "I threw some pretty good pitches they laid off, whether it was a ball or strike."
The Yankees' relievers maintained the slim margin from there. Logan (3-2) andcombined for a scoreless sixth, hurled a 1-2-3 seventh and used 11 pitches to retire , Gonzalez and Youkilis in succession.
worked around a one-out single in the ninth to lock down his 29th save of the season.
"We like the position we're in right now. We've got the opportunity to extend [Saturday] but also be realistic and know that they're not just going to lay down and die over there," cautioned Granderson.
, who had two game-winning hits in both victories of a series split with the this week, hit a liner off the Green Monster to knock in in the third inning.
, an .098 hitter in his career against Colon coming into the game, doubled the margin in the fourth when he fouled off three straight pitches before connecting on a moonshot that landed in the right-field seats.