Derek Jeter walked and scored on Alex Rodriguez's double. Hideki Matsui smacked a home run to right field two batters later, putting the Yankees up 3-0. The Red Sox responded in the second inning with a leadoff walk by Jason Varitek and a home drive to right field by Trot Nixon. But Mariano Rivera got the win after he struck out David Ortiz looking for the end of the third inning.
After the game, manager Joe Girardi said that if you look at the film of the final three innings, you will see that they made all the right pitches. "We made some good pitches when we had to," Girardi said. "They hit them where they wanted to."
But what if you don't watch films? What if you just go by what happened? In this case, it would have been hard to argue that the Yankees didn't blow their 3-1 lead. They blew it in the first inning when Jorge Posada drove in Jeter with a groundout. Then, after Matsui hit a ball off the left-field wall that could have gone for a grand slam, it was over.
The Yankees only managed five hits against Alfredo Aceves. Two of them were doubles by Rodriguez and Derek Jeter. The other three balls were hit solidly but they fell into bad spots in the batting order. When you are up 3-1 in the ninth, it is time to pull your goalie.
(Boston, MA) – Rafael Devers smashed two home runs, including the game-winning home ball in the fifth inning, to help the Boston Red Sox beat New York Yankees starter Gerrit Cole for the second time in a row at Fenway Park on Friday night. The win moves Boston back into first place in the American League East division with a 48-45 record.
The Red Sox took advantage of three Yankee errors and an ineffective relief effort by manager Aaron Boone to defeat his team, 5-4. Xander Bogaerts had three hits and drove in a run for Boston, which has won four in a row and 10 of its last 11 games overall. Steven Wright (1-0) earned the victory after allowing one hit and walking one batter over 2 1/3 innings. Joe Kelly worked around a leadoff double in the ninth for his third save of the season as Boston snapped a two-game losing streak.
In their first meeting this year, Cole dominated the Yankees from start to finish, pitching seven scoreless frames while striking out nine batters. He was charged with just one hit and one walk while throwing 113 pitches (67 strikes). Luis Severino came on in relief and also went seven strong frames, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out eight. Mike Ford (1-4) suffered the loss as he allowed four runs on six hits and one walk while throwing 41 pitches (20 strikes).
The Red Sox exploded out of the gate in the bottom of the first inning, going double, single, double, home run (a three-run bomb by Manny Ramirez), double, single. Pavano was done, but the Red Sox were not. He was replaced by Josh Beckett who finished off the Yankees with 6 innings of shutout ball.
The 1st inning was all Boston as they took a 3-0 lead over New York. David Ortiz got things started with a double down the left field line. Then, Dustin Pedroia came through with an inside-the-park home run to right field. The last out of the 1st was made on a pop up by Jacoby Ellsbury that fell in front of Jorge Posada for the final out.
Pavano gave up 4 runs (3 of them were earned) on 5 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. He lost his no-hit bid in the 2nd when Derek Jeter hit a one-out double before scoring on a Mark Teixeira single. Pavano would end up losing his no-hit bid after walking Jhonny Peralta and giving up a two-run shot by Alex Rodriguez. He ended up being the first pitcher this season to lose no-hit bids with two or more hits allowed.