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Rick Porcello was one hit and one hit batter short of a perfect game, and Steve Pearce continued to haunt the Yankees as the Red Sox beat New York for the second straight night 4-1 at Fenway Park.

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Porcello (pictured) hit lead-off hitter Brett Gardner to start the game (more on that later) and didn't allow another base runner until Miguel Andujar hit a solo home run in the top of the third inning. He retired the final 21 batters he faced in earning his 14th win of the season in a complete-game performance.

The Boston righty needed just 86 pitches, throwing 68 of them for strikes. He struck out nine and lowered his ERA to 3.84. The game was finished in just 2:15, which is VERY uncommon for a Yankees-Red Sox bout.

The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning on Steve Pearce's ninth home run of the year, and a run-scoring single by Eduardo Nunez. For Pearce, it was his fourth in these two games against the Yankees. New York starting pitcher Luis Severino needed 33 pitches to get through the first inning, but somehow managed to get into the sixth.

Mitch Moreland drove in the fourth Boston run with an RBI single in the fifth.

Things got controversial in the bottom of the first inning when Severino's first pitch went up and in to Mookie Betts, knocking him down and leading to speculation that it was perhaps a message to the Red Sox following the beating Thursday night and Gardner being hit in the top of the inning.

Warnings were issued to both teams which led to an obscenity-laced tirade by Boston manager Alex Cora who was promptly ejected for the first time in his managerial career.

Photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox
As if things were "interesting" enough, after Ian Kinsler scored in the bottom of the fifth, he was removed from the game with right hamstring tightness and replaced at second base by Betts (pictured), the first time Mookie was back there since 2014. Betts moved back to right later in the game when Xander Bogaerts came in as a defensive replacement late in the game.

With the win, the Red Sox are 43 games over .500 and have a 7.5 game lead (6 in the loss column) over the Yankees in the American League East.

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Jim Monaghan 8/04/2018 09:33:00 AM Edit
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