The Yankees snapped Boston's four-game win streak with a 5-1 victory in the series opener Friday night, thanks to an Alex Rodriguez home run and more than enough offense to get Michael Pineda another win. New York got on the board first when Rodriguez sent a Clay Buchholz offering out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster seats for his 17th homer of the season. Michael Pineda allowed a solo shot to Mookie Betts in the fifth for the only damage done against Yankee pitchers in the game. Pineda turned in another great start, going 6.1 innings and allowing only one run on seven hits. He issued no walks and struck out six on his way to his ninth win of the year.
Each Yankee batter chipped in at least one hit except for Cole Figueroa. Rodriguez led the way with two hits and two RBI with Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner also contributing runs batted in of their own. Everything came up Yankees in the fourth inning when the Red Sox became inexplicably unable to field infield hits. Three runs scored, giving the Yankees all the offense they would need. Both teams committed two errors a piece with Pineda and Figueroa being responsible for the ones on the Yankees' side. Ultimately, it didn't matter very much while the Red Sox errors were much more costly.
The bullpen trio of Justin Wilson, Dellin Betances, and Andrew Miller allowed no hits to the Red Sox after coming in in relief of Pineda. Betances and Miller each struck out two batters and lowered their era to 1.58 and 1.59, respectively. It's certainly helpful to have both of them working in tandem for the final two innings again.
Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz left the game after just 3.1 innings with what they are calling elbow tightness. That could spell bad news for a Boston team that is trying to play their way back into the AL East conversation. The Yankees are said to be making a roster move of their own before tomorrow's game by promoting Rob Refsnyder to the majors. What that means for Stephen Drew or the health of Chase Headley remains to be seen.
With tonight's win and Baltimore's walk-off win against the Nationals, the Yankees remain three games up in the division. New York has now won three games in a row, and will look to extend that streak to four games tomorrow afternoon against Eduardo Rodriguez with Ivan Nova on the mound.