Recap - Sox begin the Mookie Betts Era with win over Yanks

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Photo courtesy Associated Press
Dustin Pedroia rapped out three hits and David Ortiz slammed his 19th home run of the year as the Red Sox beat the Yankees 8-5 Sunday night in the Bronx. The win gave Boston two wins in the three-game weekend series.

Boston jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on - wait for it - an RBI single by Stephen Drew that scored Mike Napoli. An inning later, Ortiz launched his 450th career home run with Brock Holt and Pedroia aboard to pump the lead to 4-0.

New York got one run back in the bottom of the third on a Derek Jeter RBI single and closed to 4-3 in the fourth on solo home runs by Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran.

The Red Sox added three runs in the top of the fifth inning with Pedroia a factor in all three. He drove two in with a single to right and then, caught in a rundown, he stayed alive long enough for Daniel Nava to score from third. Pedroia drove in the eighth Sox run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Red Sox rookie Mookie Betts made his MLB debut. He was one for three with a single; he was caught on an attempted steal of second base.

John Lackey won his ninth game of the year allowing five runs (four earned) on six hits and a walk while striking out two. Burke Badenhop, Andrew Miller and Junichi Tazawa tossed three shutout innings of relief and Koji Uehara pitched a clean ninth inning for his 18th save of the season.

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