W: Clay Buchholz (7-10) L: Luis Cessa (4-2) S: Craig Kimbrel (26)
BOSTON, MA – Clay Buchholz pitched another quality outing to hold the Yankees to two runs over his six innings. Hanley Ramirez stayed hot with two hits, including a solo homer. Jackie Bradley Jr. added his own solo dinger to reach 25 on the season. David Ortiz also notched two hits, including a double that moved him into 11th place alone on the all-time extra-base hits list.
Here’s how it all happened:
FOUR FIRST-INNING HITS FOR SOX
To begin the home half of the first, Dustin Pedroia cracked a ball off the Green Monster, but it was hit so hard that Brett Gardner was able to throw him out trying to advance to second base.
Xander Bogaerts then got hit by the first pitch thrown to him by Cessa, and later took second on a passed ball.
Ortiz drove in Bogaerts with a single to left-center, but he too tried to stretch his hit to a double and was thrown out.
With two outs solely by over-aggressive baserunning, Mookie Betts came up and whacked a single off the glove of Chase Headley at third base.
Betts then went to steal second, but was called out on the tag. However, the Red Sox challenged the play and won, thereby extending the inning.
The challenge immediately paid off as Hanley knocked a single to center to plate Betts for a 2-0 lead.
BUCHHOLZ GETS TIMELY DOUBLE PLAYS
Buchholz was able to keep the Yankees off the board through the first four frames, despite scattering several hits and a couple walks.
His greatest ally was Gary Sanchez, the New York catcher, who grounded into two double plays that helped Buchholz escape jams in the first and third innings.
The Sox starter also pitched around trouble in the second frame with two runners in scoring position and one out by inducing two lazy fly balls.
Cessa settled in impressively to retire the Red Sox in order in the second and third innings.
Hanley took over the show with one out in the bottom of the fourth. The red-hot slugger put on an encore performance of last night’s walk-off by launching a solo homer to the same bleachers in deep center.
Boston had a 3-0 lead after four.
SANCHEZ CUTS BOSTON LEAD
New York got to Buchholz in the fifth by stringing together several hits.
Mark Teixeira smacked a long single off the left field wall to begin the fifth. Mason Williams then followed with a single.
Buchholz nearly escaped again by getting two quick outs of Gardner and Ellsbury. Unfortunately, Sanchez broke through with a two-run double to cut the Red Sox lead to 3-2.
SOX JUMP ON BULLPEN
James Pazos replaced Cessa in the bottom of the sixth, and promptly gave up a leadoff double to Ortiz.
Jonathan Holder took over on the mound, and Betts slapped a single to send Ortiz to third. After Hanley walked, Travis Shaw notched a sac fly to bring home Ortiz for Boston's fourth run.
With two down, Sandy Leon flared a ball that landed fair down the left field line and bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double. Betts scored to make it 5-2 Sox.
Chasen Shreve came in to face Jackie Bradley Jr. On a 2-2 pitch, the ball got away, but not far enough as Hanley was tagged out trying to score.
JBJ GOES DEEP
JBJ resumed his at-bat in the bottom of the seventh and crushed a solo ding dong over the visitor bullpen.
Kirby Yates entered the game and became the fourth Yankees reliever in the span of one inning. Pedroia greeted him by ripping a single to right field. Bogaerts then lined a double to the wall to send Pedey to third.
Ortiz was intentionally walked to load the bases for Betts with no outs. Betts grounded into a double play to kill the momentum, though a run did score to make it 7-2 Boston.
Buchholz put up a quality start by holding New York to two runs over six frames, despite seven hits and two walks.
Robbie Ross Jr. and Brad Ziegler combined for three outs in the seventh inning.
Koji Uehara got the nod for the eighth and retired the side in order on 10 pitches with one strikeout. Koji’s sharpness will be crucial for Boston down the stretch and hopefully into the playoffs.
ANOTHER ABAD OUTING, KIMBREL GETS THE SAVE
With a five run lead, Fernando Abad took the ball for the ninth. He issued a one out walk to Teixeira and then gave up a two-run bomb to pinch hitter Bill Butler.
Abad hit the next batter he faced in Gardner, ending another poor outing for the lefty.
Craig Kimbrel came on with the score 7-4 Sox and emphatically slammed the door by striking out two batters to earn the save.
Stat of the Game
This is only the 5th season in Red Sox history in which 4 players have 25+ HR (Ortiz-34, Betts-30, Ramirez-26, Bradley-25).— Red Sox Notes (@SoxNotes) September 17, 2016
Up Next: The Red Sox and Yankees face off again tomorrow afternoon at 1:05 PM. David Price (16-8, 3.81 ERA) and Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 2.45 ERA) are the scheduled starters.
-Hanley now has 6 home runs in his last 9 games, and 10 HR over his last 19 games.
-Ortiz passed Frank Robinson for 11th-most extra-base hits in MLB history with 1,187
-Every Boston starter had a hit tonight except for Chris Young
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