The Boston Red Sox put an exclamation point at the end of their contentious three-game set against the New York Yankees.
In the rubber match of a wild trio of games, Boston fought off a late rally to beat New York 6-3 in a rain-delayed game at Fenway Park on Thursday.
Boston plated four runs in the second inning and a pair more in the third to create plenty of breathing room for starter Rick Porcello, who went six innings before allowing a hit.
There was some concern in the contest for Boston, however, as Hanley Ramirez left the game in the first inning after getting hit by a pitch on the right wrist. The X-rays were negative and he was diagnosed with a wrist contusion.
A roughly 47-minute rain delay put the game on hold after the fifth inning, but was finished without issue on the other end of the stoppage.
With the win, the Red Sox climb to 10-2, while the Yankees fall to 6-7.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
In every facet of the game, the Red Sox were superior. Porcello was untouchable, while the bats continued to remain hot. By the end of the second inning, it was clear the Sox were not going to let the Yankees leave town as winners of the series, despite their ninth-inning surge.
ON THE BUMP
— Porcello was stellar in his third start of the season, stifling a Yankees lineup that recorded 10 runs just a night before.
The righty took a perfect game into the fourth inning, which ended when he hit Giancarlo Stanton with a pitch. When the game halted after the fifth due to a rain delay, it was uncertain if Porcello would come back out to try and keep his no-no going. He did, and continued to roll — pitching a 1-2-3 sixth inning — until Aaron Judge broke up the no-hitter with a leadoff double in the seventh.
Judge’s double created some seventh-inning trouble for Porcello, as Stanton followed up the next at-bat with a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. He worked his way out of it exceptionally, however, getting Didi Gregorius to fly out before striking out Gary Sanchez and Aaron Hicks to end the inning.
Overall, he capped off his solid night with seven scoreless innings, allowing just two hits with six strikeouts and one hit batter.
— Marcus Walden, who was called up from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier in the day, pitched a scoreless eighth but found himself in quite a bit of trouble in the ninth.
The reliever walked Judge to open the inning, and the right fielder moved to third on the next play when Rafael Devers misplayed a grounder then botched the rushed throw, also allowing Stanton to reach. After walking Gregorius to load the bases, Sanchez cleared them with a double, cutting the Sox’s lead to 6-3 while spelling the end of Walden’s night.
— Craig Kimbrel came in and retired the next three hitters, including two strikeouts, stranding Sanchez to end the game.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Boston’s offense went off on starter Sonny Gray in the second inning, tagging him for four runs. After Eduardo Nunez and Jackie Bradley Jr. both reached base, Sandy Leon drove his teammate in with a single to right to make it 1-0.
Brock Holt walked the next at-bat to load the bases, then all the runners moved after Mookie Betts hit a sacrifice fly to center field, plating Bradley Jr. and extending the lead to 2-0.
The next hitter, Andrew Benintendi, knocked in a third run on a fielder’s choice. He grounded a ball to Yankees second baseman Tyler Wade, whose throw to try and catch Leon at the plate snuck past Sanchez.
Following Benintendi, Mitch Moreland drove in the fourth run with a single to left field.
— The next frame the Red Sox tagged Gray for a pair more. Nunez and Bradley Jr. led off the third with doubles, with Bradley Jr.’s two-bagger scoring Nunez. The center fielder moved to third the next at-bat on a wild pitch, and later was driven in on a force out from Betts to make it 6-0.
— Benintendi, Moreland and Nunez all recorded two hits, while Bradley Jr. and Leon had one hit apiece.
— Betts went hitless, but drove in a two runs on a sacrifice fly and force out. J.D. Martinez, Devers and Holt also did not tally a hit, along with Tzu-Wei Lin in his lone at-bat.
TWEET OF THE GAME
The Red Sox will remain at Fenway Park for the first contest of a four-game set against the Baltimore Orioles. Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to take the mound for Boston and will be opposed by Chris Tillman. First pitch from Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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