BOSTON, Massachusetts — Anthony Ranaudo tossed six strong innings in his major league debut, Dustin Pedroia drove in two runs and the new-look Boston Red Sox won the opener of a three-game series against the rival New York Yankees 4-3 on Friday night at Fenway Park.
Designated hitter David Ortiz and catcher David Ross each had RBI singles for the Red Sox, who had every starter reach base at least once in winning for just the second time in their past 10 games.
But this was a far different Boston team than the squad that stumbled to a 48-60 record one season after its magical run to the World Series title.
The last-place Red Sox on Thursday turned their attention to next year in a hurry with a flurry of moves just before the trade deadline, a mass exodus highlighted by the departures of ace left-hander and Cy Young candidate Jon Lester and right-hander John Lackey.
In return on the four separate deals, the Red Sox revamped their roster with the likes of slugging outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from Oakland and outfielder/first baseman Allen Craig from St. Louis. Cespedes arrived in Boston late Friday afternoon and did not play, while Craig went 1-for-4 with a double.
With two starters gone — in addition to Jake Peavy, who was traded last week — Ranaudo (1-0) got the nod after going 12-4 with a 2.41 ERA in 21 starts for Triple-A Pawtucket. The 24-year-old right-hander held the Yankees to just two runs on four hits with four walks and two strikeouts.
Shortstop Derek Jeter brought New York within 4-3 when he homered off Junichi Tazawa leading off the eighth, but Koji Uehara pitched a perfect ninth for his 22nd save.
Designated hitter Carlos Beltran homered for the Yankees, who lost for the fifth time in six games. Shortstop Stephen Drew, shipped from Boston to New York on Thursday, went 0-for-4, while outfielder Martin Prado, acquired from Arizona, entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and went 0-for-2.
New York’s Chris Capuano (1-2) gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings against his former team, striking out five without walking a batter.
Capuano went 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Boston before being designated for assignment on June 25.
Boston took the lead in the third when right fielder Brock Holt tripled and scored on Pedroia’s ground-rule double. Ortiz then followed with a single that plated Pedroia to make it 2-0.
After Beltran led off the fourth with his 13th homer of the season, cutting it to 2-1, Boston restored its two-run cushion in the bottom half on Ross’ single that scored third baseman Will Middlebrooks, who doubled. New York made it 3-2 in the sixth when center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury walked, stole second and scored on Beltran’s single.
NOTES: Two of the four players acquired by the two teams Thursday — Yankees 2B Stephen Drew (from Boston) and Red Sox LF Allen Craig — were in the starting lineups for their new teams. New Boston RF Yoenis Cespedes arrived late in the afternoon and New York RF Martin Prado entered as a pinch hitter in the seventh and went 0-for-2. … The Red Sox placed RF Shane Victorino on the disabled last for the third time this season with back and hamstring problems. … Boston RHP Anthony Ranaudo made his major league debut Friday night. 3B Will Middlebrooks, OF Mookie Betts, RHP Alex Wilson and LHP Tommy Layne were recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket to fill out the roster. 1B/OF Mike Carp was designated for assignment. Middlebrooks was in the lineup, with rookie Xander Bogaerts moving back to SS. … New Red Sox RHP Joe Kelly wasn’t activated but should be Saturday and is lined up to pitch against his former team, the Cardinals, in St. Louis early next week. … Rookie RHP Shane Greene pitches for the Yankees on Saturday against Red Sox RHP Allen Webster.
Orioles 2, Mariners 1
Wei-Yin Chen struck out eight in 7 1/3 innings while defeating Seattle for the second straight start and Manny Machado had three hits as host Baltimore won for the eighth time in 11 games.
J.J. Hardy delivered the tiebreaking single in the sixth inning to help Chen (12-3) win his fifth straight start as the Orioles moved two games ahead of Toronto in the American League East. The left-hander allowed one run and five hits to follow up an effort in which he blanked the Mariners on five hits on July 24.
Andrew Miller retired two batters in the eighth in his Orioles debut after being acquired from Boston on Thursday and Zach Britton worked a perfect ninth for his 22nd save. Seattle starter Roenis Elias (8-9) gave up two runs (one earned) and seven hits with seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings.
Machado smacked a double off the right-center field fence to start the sixth and moved to third when Seattle shortstop Chris Taylor made an error on Adam Jones’ grounder. After Elias struck out Nelson Cruz and Chris Davis, Hardy stroked the single to center to give the Orioles a 2-1 edge.
Baltimore pushed across a third-inning run as Delmon Young doubled, reached third on an infield single by Nick Markakis and scored on Machado’s two-out single to center. The Mariners tied the score in the fourth when Robinson Cano singled and scored on Kendrys Morales’ double into the left-field corner.