Red Sox Start Second Half with Win over Yankees

Red Sox open second half with 4-2 win over Yanks

AP Sports Writer=
       BOSTON (AP) _ Jacoby Ellsbury and Johnny Gomes homered, and Felix Doubront outpitched Andy Pettitte on Friday night to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 4-2 victory over the depleted New York Yankees in the opener of their three-game series.

        Ellsbury homered on Pettitte's second pitch of the game, and Gomes made it 3-0 in the second.  

      Doubront (7-3) held a Yankees lineup without Derek Jeter and a handful of other regulars hitless until Lyle Overbay doubled to lead off the fifth inning. In all, the Red Sox left-hander gave up two runs _ one earned _ on three hits and three walks while striking out five in 6 1-3 innings.

It was the 12th consecutive start in which Doubront has allowed three or fewer earned runs.
        Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
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