Home Runs Help Sink Sox 4-2

Solo home runs by Brett Gardner and Francisco Cervelli helped the Yankees salvage the final game of the 2013 season-opening series with a 4-2 win over the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Ryan Dempster took the loss for the Red Sox going 5 innings allowing 3 runs on 5 his and 4 walks.

Dempster was touched for a pair of runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning on an RBI single by Lyle Overbay to put Boston in a 2-0 hole. Brett Gardner added a solo home run leading off the bottom of the 3rd.

Andy Pettitte held the Red Sox bats to just one run on 8 hits and a walk. He was helped by the Red Sox grounding into 3 double plays.

Boston got on the board in the top of the 7th inning on an RBI double off Pettitte by legend Jackie Bradley Jr. The Yankees got the run back in the bottom of the inning on Cervelli's first home run of the season off Boston reliever Clayton Mortensen.

NOTES - Dempster struck out 8 in his 5 innings of work. Will Middlebrooks and Jose Iglesias each had a pair of hits. Mariano Rivera came on in the 9th to seal the win for Pettitte and the Yankees.  He allowed a run on a ground out by Will Middlebrooks.