BOSTON – (Staff Report from Fenway Park) – This season, the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees are renewing their rivalry and tonight was the first of 19 games between the two American League East foes. The first game of the season-long 19-game set went to Boston and the Red Sox made an early-season statement, defeating the Yankees, 14-1, behind a career-night from Their lead-off hitter and right-fielder Mookie Betts.
Betts hit a Grand Slam in the club’s nine-run, bat-around sixth inning. Betts went 4-for-4 with a walk for the game and scored five times, a career high. Red Sox left-fielder Andrew Benintendi went 2-for-3 with a triple, a double with two walks and two runs scored while Boston 1B Hanley Ramirez recorded three RBI, going 2-for-2 with a SAC fly and a walk.
Boston’s Mookie Betts celebrates with Christian Vazquez (7)
The Red Sox struck first when Betts led-off the home end of the first with a double, high off the left-center field Green Monster (near the 379 mark). Betts scored when 1B Hanley Ramirez sent a dribbler up the middle for his ninth RBI of the early season.
The Red Sox offensive outburst was backed up by a strong outing by starting pitcher Chris Sale, who allowed baserunners in every inning he pitched and let-up eight hits, including a towering solo Home Run by NYY RF Aaron Judge which put the Yanks on the board in the visitor’s half of the fifth.
On the night, Judge went 3-for-4 and was the only productive Yankees batter.
Sale worked his way out of trouble in the top of the 3rd inning by striking out NY’s LF Giancarlo Stanton for the second time, the third strike a 94.8 mph fastball. Sale fanned DH Gary Sanchez with a wicked off-speed pitch to escape the inning. Sale struck-out the side in the fourth after a Didi Gregorius single.
Sale went 6.0 innings, allowing eight hits and one run with eight strike-outs. He threw 87 pitches on the night, 65 for strikes and allowed the Judge HR.
New York’s starer, Luis Severino, pitched only 5.0 innings and allowed five runs and eight hits while walking three and striking out six. He threw 94 pitches, 61 for strikes.