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BOS@NYY: Adrian belts a long homer to right

NEW YORK -- It didn't really matter that the speakers went out. For Daniel Bard, Yankee Stadium was nonetheless deafening in the eighth inning on Friday night.

"That's the loudest I've ever heard a crowd, when they had guys on second and third," the Red Sox's setup man said. "There's no shortage of adrenaline, that's for sure. It's just a matter of controlling and staying composed."

After his composure -- or at least his control -- seemed to have disappeared, Bard kept the tying runs from scoring and protected a lead for Clay Buchholz, who pitched the best he has all season in a 5-4 Red Sox win over the Yankees.

Playing at the new Yankee Stadium for the first time, Adrian Gonzalez opened the scoring with a solo shot in the fourth off Yankees starter Bartolo Colon and hit a go-ahead sac fly off Joba Chamberlain in the seventh inning that put Boston up, 3-2. It was Kevin Youkilis' two-run shot later in the seventh, though, that was the difference after Bard and Jonathan Papelbon behind him let the Yankees inch closer in the last two innings.

"It was a good thing we did," manager Terry Francona said of the three-run frame.

Charged with a 5-2 lead, Bard gave up a leadoff triple to Curtis Granderson in the eighth. With one out, Bard lost the strike zone: Granderson scored on a wild pitch, Alex Rodriguez walked on a ball well out of the zone and the right-hander hit Robinson Cano on the left foot with a pitch. After a double steal came the noise, and it dissipated once Nick Swisher struck out on a 99-mph fastball. A Jorge Posada grounder to second ended the inning.

"I yanked a couple of pitches," said Bard, who hadn't pitched since allowing a go-ahead homer against Toronto three days earlier. "Maybe if anything, I just felt too good -- that can be a problem sometimes. You feel so good after a couple of days off. ... I was thrilled to maintain the lead, which is all that really matters."

Papelbon allowed a run before notching his sixth save with the winning run at the plate. He hadn't recorded a save since April 22, and the 20-day stretch was the longest of Papelbon's career as a closer.

Boston has had the upper hand early in the season series with the Yankees, taking three of the first four despite enduring early struggles. Coming into Friday's opener of a three-game set, the Sox and Yankees were both coming off series losses.

"Every win for us is big," said Youkilis, whose Red Sox lost back-to-back games to Toronto before visiting the Yankees. "For us, the games after a series like that, you definitely want to win and get going and play well. We started out well today, but we've still got two games left in the series."

Buchholz, though, nipped Boston's two-game losing streak in the bud. His cutter was flat the last time he pitched against the Yankees -- on April 9, when he didn't make it through four innings -- and until Friday night, Buchholz simply hadn't enjoyed a start that could be raved about. There was plenty of raving on Friday.

"I thought Buchholz's movement on his fastball was as good as I've ever seen it tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He had as much sink as I've seen him have. When you're throwing sinkers like he is, it's tough to elevate the ball and put good swings on it. I thought his stuff was outstanding."

Both runs that Buchholz allowed in seven innings -- a season high -- came on one bad pitch, a first-pitch Russell Martin home run in the fifth. Martin already has three homers against Boston this season, and that one tied the game at 2.

Buchholz has won three straight starts, and he struck out a season-high seven on Friday while walking just one. He allowed five hits, and his 110th and final pitch of the night was a 2-2 offering to Derek Jeter, who tapped out to the mound to end a perfect frame.

"I thought he was tremendous," manager Terry Francona said of Buchholz. "Besides the sequence where he fell behind Martin ... he was really good. He threw hard and down with movement. ... Especially against that lineup, there were some guys in that lineup that had some history against him."

Like the other clubs Colon has faced this season, the Red Sox couldn't exactly solve the 37-year-old reclamation project. He came in with a 3.86 ERA and had allowed more than four runs in just one start, his last.

It was Gonzalez who first broke through, drilling Colon's second pitch of the fourth inning into the second deck in right field. A Carl Crawford groundout later in the inning made it 2-0.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's leadoff single knocked Colon out in the top of the seventh. Two batters later, a Dustin Pedroia single gave the Red Sox runners on the corners with one down for Gonzalez, who hit a sac fly to left. Youkilis was the next batter.

"That's what we've got to do," Saltalamacchia said. "Right now, since we're not playing like we can, we've got to do the little things." Comments