BOSTON — In what initially looked like a blowout, the New York Yankees had to hold on to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 10-7, at Fenway Park. The Yankee offense finally looked like the unit it was built to be as the bats in the middle of the lineup all produced.
A huge night at the plate from Gary Sanchez led the Bombers, as he had two home runs to lead the offensive attack. He was not alone, however, as the first three hitters of the lineup all had multi-hit games, as well.
The Yankees immediately jumped on David Price, who left after pitching just one inning due to injury. With two men on, Giancarlo Stanton crushed a long fly ball to the triangle for an RBI triple. Sanchez then hit a home run to make the Yankee lead, 4-0.
Hanley Ramirez would hit a solo shot to answer back in the bottom half, but New York would continue tacking on. Austin drove in a run in the third, before the Yankees scored another three runs in the fourth, highlighted by Sanchez’s second blast of the night.
Boston, however, began to fight back in the fifth inning off of Masahiro Tanaka. Mookie Betts hit a double to drive in the first run of the inning, but J.D. Martinez had the big hit, as he hit a grand slam to dead center field to cut the New York lead to 8-6. Tanaka finished the night pitching just five innings and giving up six earned runs.
New York did remain calm, though, and used small ball to get some runs back in the very next inning. Brett Gardner got on base to begin and then subsequently made it to third after a throwing error by Christian Vazquez on his attempted steal of second. Stanton then drove him in. Didi Gregorius would then hit a sacrifice fly after Stanton also made it to third base.
The melee then happened in the seventh inning. After Brock Holt took exception to an Austin slide a few innings before, Kelly hit the Yankee DH as retaliation. Obviously not happy, Austin then slammed his bat and charged the mound, looking to hit Kelly. Judge and Stanton were in the middle of the scrum playing peacemakers as the brawl was pushed to right in front of the Boston dugout.
After all was said and done, Kelly and Austin, along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin, were thrown out from the game.
David Robertson then pitched a clean eighth inning but Aroldis Chapman made things a little bit more interesting in the ninth before striking out Betts and Rafael Devers to seal the win and end Boston’s nine-game winning streak.
This was a good win for the Yankees as their cold offense finally showed signs of life. Also, Aaron Hicks could be activated for tomorrow’s game after playing nine innings with Scranton today.
Current Yankees Record: 6-6