An unearned run in the bottom of the third inning and an RBI single by Christian Vazquez in the eighth proved to be the difference in a 5-3 Red Sox win over the Yankees at Fenway Park on Friday night.
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press
Following a road series against the Tampa Bay Rays that felt like a preview of the playoffs, the Sox found themselves facing their longtime divisional rivals from the Bronx, who came in with seven wins in their last ten games.
Both teams put up 3-run innings early - Boston with three in the bottom of the first off Domingo German, and the Yankees answering back in the top of the second with three unearned runs thanks to an error by Xander Bogaerts on what looked to be an inning-ending double play ball.
Bogaerts doubled home a pair in the first, and scored on a subsequent two-bagger by Hunter Renfroe (pictured) who also saved a run by throwing out Gio Urshella at the plate in the top of the fourth inning.
Martin Perez started for the Red Sox, lasting 3.2 innings before being lifted by manager Alex Cora. The Boston bullpen limited the Yankees to just three hits, with Matt Barnes working into and out of trouble in notching his 16th save of the year.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Red Sox over the Yankees, coming after a three-game sweep earlier this month in the Bronx.
Prior to the game, the Red Sox honored Dustin Pedroia and announced he will be part of the Red Sox Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
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