BOSTON — It was absolute pandemonium at Fenway Park on Wednesday night.
The Boston Red Sox saw their nine-game winning streak halted as they fell to the New York Yankees 10-7, but that was just one of many stories as the game featured one unbelievable turn after another.
Twice the benches cleared, with the second instance escalating into an all-out melee. There were four home runs, including a grand slam by J.D. Martinez and two blasts from Gary Sanchez. Sox starter David Price saw his stellar beginning of the season halted after allowing four runs in the first inning before exiting as a precaution due to a “sensation” in his left hand.
All said, in the second contest of 19 between these two teams, Wednesday night ignited a five-alarm fire between baseball’s biggest rivals.
With the loss, the Red Sox fall to 9-2, while the Yankees climb to 6-6.
Here’s how it all went down:
GAME IN A WORD
This game had everything. From grand slams to bench-clearers, there was no shortage of chaos in this one.
ON THE BUMP
— Price got the start, but exited as a precaution after one inning due to a “sensation” in his left hand.
The southpaw struggled with control out of the chute, and the Yankees made him pay with a four-run first inning. After allowing a leadoff infield single to Brett Gardner, Price issued a walk to Aaron Judge. Giancarlo Stanton then stepped to the plate and smacked a two-run triple to the center-field triangle. Two batters later, Sanchez cleared the bases with a two-run homer into the Green Monster seats.
— Bobby Poyner came in and pitched a scoreless second inning, but was tagged for one run on a Tyler Austin RBI single in the third. The lefty finished his two innings having allowed one run on four hits while walking one and recording a strikeout.
— Heath Hembree took over in the fourth, and the righty struggled to be effective as he surrendered three runs in the frame.
Facing the top of the order, Hembree allowed Gardner and Judge to reach on singles. Two batters later, Gardner was plated on a Didi Gregorius sacrifice fly. The next at-bat, Sanchez went yard again, blasting a two-run shot to put New York up 8-1.
Hembree did redeem himself in the fifth, pitching a 1-2-3 inning. He finished with three hits and as many runs allowed with a pair of strikeouts over his two innings of work.
— Matt Barnes pitched the sixth and allowed a pair of runs — which brought the Yankees’ advantage to 10-6 — on one hit, one walk, one strikeout and two wild pitches.
— Joe Kelly pitched 1/3 of an inning, getting tossed after beaning Austin and inciting the bench-clearing brawl.
— Brian Johnson came in to replace Kelly and looked sharp in relief. He allowed one hit with three strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings.
— Carson Smith tossed a scoreless ninth inning, striking out and walking one.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Down 4-0 in the first inning, Hanley Ramirez blasted solo home run into an advertisement above the Monster seats.
— The Red Sox cut into the lead with a five-run fifth inning. After singles from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Brock Holt, Mookie Betts drove the center fielder in with a double. Three batters later with two outs and the bases loaded, Martinez took New York starter Masahiro Tanaka to the center field bleachers, cutting the deficit to 8-6.
— The Red Sox showed life with no outs in the ninth, as Bradley Jr. got on with a single and moved to third on a Christian Vazquez double. Bradley Jr. later scored on a wild pitch to bring the Red Sox within three. However, that was all the damage Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman would allow.
— Bradley Jr. paced the Sox with a three-hit game, while Martinez had a pair of hits.
— Betts, Ramirez, Mitch Moreland, Vazquez and Holt all recorded one hit.
— Rafael Devers and Eduardo Nunez both went hitless, as did pinch-hitter Sandy Leon in his lone at-bat.
TWEET OF THE GAME
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The Red Sox and Yankees will play the rubber match of their three-game set Thursday night. Rick Porcello is scheduled to take the mound for Boston and will be opposed by Sonny Gray. First pitch from Fenway Park is set for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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