BOSTON -- The New York Yankees continued their trend of first-inning scoring Sunday night, producing two quick runs off Boston Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester. It paid off, as the Yankees won 7-3 to take three of four games in the weekend series at Fenway Park.

The Yankees scored 14 first-inning runs in the four games. They have scored in the first frame in eight of their past 10 games, managing a total of 23 runs in those first innings.

"It's tough to be behind, that's for sure," Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said. "We were hoping for no runs there. What can I tell you?"

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, "I just think our guys came out swinging."

The first three New York batters of the game reached safely. Derek Jeter singled to right field, Curtis Granderson singled to center, and Mark Teixeira doubled to left, scoring Jeter. After Alex Rodriguez popped out, Robinson Cano walked and Nick Swisher grounded into a fielder's choice to third base, with Granderson scoring.

The Red Sox got a run in the bottom of the inning. Pedro Ciriaco hit a one-out single and stole second base. With two outs, Cody Ross hit what appeared to be an inning-ending popup, but Yankees shortstop Jeter dropped the ball, allowing Ciriaco to score.

The Yankees added a run in the second when Jayson Nix led off with a double, took second on a passed ball by Jarrod Saltalamacchia and scored on Chris Stewart's sacrifice fly.

In the fourth, Ciriaco hit a one-out single and scored on David Ortiz's double, cutting the Yankees' lead to 3-2. Ciriaco went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs.

New York added two more runs in the fifth, knocking Lester from the game. Teixeira led off with a single, and he scored on Rodriguez's triple to deep center field. Andruw Jones' single to left scored Rodriguez.

Lester went 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on nine hits and two walks and a hit batter. He struck out six.

"Well, obviously not good," Lester said of his outing, which dropped his record to 5-6 with a 4.49 ERA. "Got to get deeper in the game somehow than what I did. Too many pitches, too many foul balls, too many deep counts. Just kept giving people any opportunity to get back in the count. And with a good team like that, you can't do that."

Jones' two-run homer in the seventh off Scott Atchison scored Swisher, who had doubled. It was Jones' fourth home run in two days and his 11th of the season.

"Just trying to figure some stuff out," Jones said. "I got a couple of pitches to hit and didn't miss them."

Ivan Nova earned the win, going six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks with 10 strikeouts. He improved to 10-3 with a 3.92 ERA.

"He's pitched really well," Girardi said. "We saw him do it last year with the 16 wins. He overcame some things tonight, and I think that's a sign of maturity, and we want him to continue to mature."

The 10 strikeouts were his career high against the Red Sox.

"(I'm) setting up my pitches, using my fastball so by the time that I get to go to my curveball, the hitters have my fastball on their mind so I can put them away with my breaking ball," Nova said.

Mike Aviles hit a two-out, RBI double in the eighth off David Robertson for Boston's final run of the game.