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Sox Sweep Yanks, Move to .500 For First Time

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Kevin Youkilis, Adrian Gonazalez, Jonathan Papelbon

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Despite being the preseason favorite to win the rugged AL East, the Boston Red Sox are finding that reaching .500 in May after an 0-6 start feels A-OK.

Kevin Youkilis hit a tying three-run homer, David Ortiz had a go-ahead drive and the Red Sox completed a sweep of a team in turmoil, beating the New York Yankees with a 7-5 victory Sunday night to even up their record for the first time this season.

“Actually feels good. Hopefully this is a step in us moving forward,” manager Terry Francona said. “It’s not really what our goal is but we’re making strides. We played a good series.”

Jon Lester (5-1) shrugged off a slow start to beat New York again and Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his first homer with Boston as the Red Sox swept a three-game series in the Bronx for the first time since April 2004.

Alex Rodriguez let a ball roll through his legs in the seventh inning for an error, allowing the Red Sox to take a 6-4 lead _ an insurance run they would need in the bottom half. Carl Crawford failed to cleanly pick up Rodriguez’s double to left field for an error, which gave Curtis Granderson time to score from first.

“I don’t know what the numbers say but we’ve almost made an error per game here over the last 15 games,” Rodriguez said.

New York has made 13 errors in its past 10 games.

Nick Swisher struck out against Bard with runners on first and second to drop to 0 for 17 with runners in scoring position and two outs this year. Since May 2, the Yankees are 21 for 95 (.221) with runners in scoring position overall.

“It has been frustrating,” Swisher said of the Yankees’ struggles, “but, hey, man, we don’t have much time to worry about this.”

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