Recap - Sox Bullpen Coughs One Up

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

The Yankees used a five-run seventh inning to beat the Red Sox 9-4 Wednesday night at Fenway Park, evening their mid-August series at a game apiece.

Boston took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a Mookie Betts RBI ground out that scored Sandy Leon. They made it 2-0 an inning later when Andrew Benintendi grounded out, driving in Jackie Bradley Jr.

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The Yankees cut into the lead in the fifth on a solo home run by Didi Gregorius.

The Red Sox put two more on the board in the sixth on a run-scoring single by Dustin Pedroia and another RBI groundout, this time by Xander Bogaerts.

New York added five runs in the seventh on RBI singles by Austin Romine, Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Headley and a two-RBI double by Starlin Castro.

They added three more in the eighth on a solo home run by Gary Sanchez, and two wild pitches by Robbie Ross Jr.

Drew Pomeranz (pictured) went 5.1 innings before giving way to the bullpen. He allowed one run on six hits and a walk while striking out six. After giving up a leadoff single in the first, he retired eleven Yankees in a row. Clay Buchholz finished the sixth inning by retiring the two batters he faced.

Matt Barnes, Fernando Abad, Junichi Tazawa, and Ross allowed eight New York runs on eight hits and three walks in just two innings of work.

Nathan Eovaldi started for New York but left in the second inning with what was called right elbow discomfort.

Alex Rodriguez appeared as a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh. He flew out to right field, much to the delight of the Fenway crowd who had been chanting for him and ultimately booed him when he came to the plate.

Mookie Betts left the game in the eighth with tightness in his right calf; David Ortiz had to be helped off the field in the ninth after fouling a ball off his right shin. Both are said to be day-to-day.

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