Five Red Sox takes: Rick Porcello is rolling

Five Red Sox takes: Rick Porcello is rolling

Five Red Sox takes: Rick Porcello is rolling

Aaron Judge broke it up with a leadoff double in the seventh, but Porcello gave up only two hits and struck out six in seven walk-free innings of a 6-3 Red Sox victory in the rubber game of the first series of the season against their rivals from NY.

The atmosphere at the ballpark was already heightened after Wednesday's events, as the benches cleared twice in New York's 10-7 win. But when your grandfather watched his club's pitcher buzz the dude who slid the wrong way or celebrated too much or looked at him amusing, it was probably a guy with a maximum velocity of around 88 miles per hour pacing himself to throw 140 pitches in the game, and one who would certainly bat against his counterpart multiple times that game and many more times that season. Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton - neither of whom are known for their mean streaks - ended up at the center of the brawl for a period, with their size seemingly turning them into de facto enforcers in the melee.

Sanchez got NY on the board with a three-run double to center off Marcus Walden in the ninth.

The second inning was mostly a disaster for Gray.

"Out of character for me", Cora said. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six.

In another quirk, the Yankees on Friday night will face Detroit pitcher Mike Fiers, who hit Stanton flush in the face with an 88-mph fast late in the 2014 season, sending him to the hospital with a broken nose, cheek and orbital bone, a broken incisor and a half-dozen chipped teeth. They may have lost the game, but the 2018 Sox won over their fans.

The righthander was coming off an outing in which he allowed three runs in six solid innings against Baltimore.

It wasn't just Thursday night that makes Gray look like a bad matchup against the Red Sox.

"I felt OK", Gray said. "Scuffling to find the zone, didn't execute very well and made it hard all the way around". Nunez advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored when Sandy Leon singled to right. He left trailing by 6-0 without having retired a batter in the fourth - the second time in three starts Gray has failed to get an out in the fifth inning. His 15 hits entering Thursday trailed only Mookie Betts, and Ramirez had driven in at least one run in six of his last seven games.

Benintendi hit a grounder right at Wade, whose throw to home got past Sanchez and allowed Leon to score.

The plunking came a day after Yankees utilityman Tyler Austin charged the mound after getting hit by a Joe Kelly pitch to spark a benches-clearing brawl. Both players appealed their punishment and can play while their appeals are considered. Cora said LHP David Price, who left Wednesday's game in the first inning with tingling in his pitching hand, felt good playing catch Thursday and could start Monday against Baltimore. The Red Sox said X-rays did not indicate a fracture.

The drama began early in the game, with Yankees designated hitter Tyler Austin sliding into second base spikes up in the third inning, colliding with Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, 7.36 ERA) faces Baltimore RHP Chris Tillman (0-2, 8.68 ERA) in the opener of a four-game series against the Orioles.

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