Recap - Red Sox fans can exhale now

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

J.D. Martinez homered, Chris Sale was dominant into the sixth inning and Craig Kimbrel recorded a four-out save as the Red Sox held on for a 5-4 win over the Yankees in Game One of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park.

Photo courtesy of USA Today
Martinez (pictured) set the tone early with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning off New York starter J.A. Happ who ended up getting pulled in the third inning with no one out.

Sale cruised through five innings holding the Yankees scoreless on just three hits while striking out eight. He left in the top of the sixth with one out and two on.

Ryan Brasier, Brandon Workman and Matt Barnes were an absolute mess - they combined to allow three runs (two inherited) on three hits and three walks over 2.2 innings.

Rick Porcello came on in the eighth and got two quick outs before allowing a soft infield hit. That was when Alex Cora opted to go to Kimbrel for the final four outs of the game.

Martinez and Andrew Benintendi each had two hits in the win. Steve Pearce drove in a run in the third with an RBI single and Xander Bogaerts plated another with a sacrifice fly.

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