WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees finally have won a game against the Red Sox -- and, in doing so, have taken first place for themselves. It is their first win after seven straight losses to Boston and just their second in 10 meetings this year.
They did it with some timely RISP, some tremendous relief and a gutsy decision by the manger. They have a pretty good chance to go up two games considering Saturday's pitching matchup.
WHAT IS GOOD: In the fifth, Joe Girardi gave Bartolo Colon the hook with two outs and the bases loaded. Colon had thrown 94 pitches and wasn't allowed to fire a 95th. So with maybe the best hitter in baseball, Adrian Gonzalez, at the plate, Girardi turned to Boone Logan. Logan struck out A-Gon on three pitches.
In the sixth, the Yankees exploded for three runs off Jon Lester. They even hit with RISP. Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher with the clutch hits.
In the seventh, the hits just kept on coming --- or rather they didn't. Rafael Soriano, the seveth-inning guy, with an impressive three outs. Three up, three down.
In the eighth, David Robertson pitched a 1-2-3. Corey Wade also contributed to the scoreless baseball. In the ninth, it was you-know-who to finish it off.
WHAT IS BAD: Andruw Jones had a terrible base-running error in the fifth.
WHAT IS NEXT: CC Sabathia will try to beat the Red Sox for the first time this season. I went into this phenomenon in this column. It is hard to imagine the Yankees beating the Red Sox in October if CC is not leading the charge.
Sabathia lost all three of his starts against Josh Beckett. He has a much more friendly opponent on Saturday as he faces the very hittable John Lackey (9-8, 6.23 ERA). Sabathia is a good bet on Saturday. He is due. If he comes through, the Yankees will, at worst, leave Boston with the AL East lead.
COMING ATTRACTIONS: Wallace Matthews is going to detail the Yankees finally beating the Red Sox after seven straight losses. I'm going to write about Girardi's big decision. Even before that move, I was thinking he has to be considered for Manager of the Year.
QUESTION OF THE NIGHT: How does the first Yankee win in seven straight feel?