In a league where pitching reigns supreme, both offenses were full of life. However, the Red Sox overcame the Yankees, 8-5.
Yankees’ starting pitcher Chase Whitley tried to bounce back after his last start against the Blue Jays, but the Sox batters were not kind to Whitley. In the second inning, Stephen Drew drove in Mike Napoli on a single for the game’s first run. The next inning, Ortiz unloaded on a fastball, depositing the ball deep in right-center field. Both Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia scored. 4-0: Red Sox.
The Yankees started to claw their way back. Against John Lackey, Jeter singled in Suzuki on his patented inside-out swing in the bottom of the third inning. During the fourth inning, Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran went back to back for two solo shots. 4-3.
Whitley was wearing down, and was pulled after walking the leadoff batter of the fifth inning; he surrendered five runs off of eight hits and two walks. Shawn Kelley came in, only to give up two runs without recording an out on a Pedroia single, driving in Holt and Jackie Bradley Jr.. Kelley was replaced by David Huff, who gave up another run when Daniel Nava crossed home plate. 7-3.
From here, pitching took over. Lackey went five innings, giving up six hits and five runs (four earned). He struck out two. The Red Sox bullpen would be lights-out, as a combination of Burke Badenhop, Andrew Miller, Junichi Tazawa, and Koji Uehara would shut down the Yankees, relinquishing only three hits while striking out six. Beltran almost scored in the sixth inning, but a nice throw from Bradley Jr. gunned him down at home.
The Yankee bullpen was strong otherwise, with Dellin Betances, Matt Thornton, and Jose Ramirez pitching four no-hit innings, yet Dustin Pedroia hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Mookie Betts, who made his major league debut.
The game ended 8-5, with Uehara earning his 18th save. Lackey improved to 9-5, while Whitley fell to 3-2. Jeter had two hits, while Beltran was a triple away from the cycle.