September 19, 2017
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Red Sox blank Yankees to earn doubleheader split

By The Sports Xchange, Special to the BDN
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Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports | BDN
Bob DeChiara | USA Today Sports | BDN
Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (right) congratulates center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. after Bradley robbed New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge of a home run during the eighth inning at Fenway Park in Boston on Sunday night.

BOSTON — David Price pitched eight scoreless innings, Mookie Betts socked a two-run home run and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 3-0 in the second game of Sunday’s day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park.

Boston (52-41) salvaged a split of its four-game series with New York (47-43) after losing the first game of the doubleheader 3-0 earlier Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Red Sox moved three games ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays and 3 1/2 ahead of the Yankees atop the American League East.

Price (5-2) allowed seven hits, walked none and struck out eight. Craig Kimbrel, who blew his third save of the season in Saturday’s 16-inning loss, pitched the ninth for his 24th save.

It was the first time the Yankees have been shut out this year.

Betts finished with three hits including the homer, his team-leading 17th. Dustin Pedroia also drove in a run for the Red Sox and tied Nomar Garciaparra for 16th place on Fenway Park’s all-time RBIs list with 380.

Masahiro Tanaka (7-9) took the loss after pitching 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, seven hits and no walks while striking out nine.

No Yankees batter had more than one hit, with Aaron Judge going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Betts’ two-out homer in the third inning snapped a stretch of 24 consecutive scoreless innings for Boston.

The blast came on a 1-1 slider from Tanaka and sailed an estimated 410 feet over the Green Monster in left field.

Garrett Cooper, who made his major league debut for the Yankees on Friday, doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit.

Pedroia made it 3-0 with his RBI single in the sixth.

Judge nearly brought New York within a run with his deep fly ball to center in the eighth, but Jackie Bradley Jr. reached up and made a spectacular catch to rob Judge of a two-run homer.

Didi Gregorius doubled with one out in the ninth and Kimbrel walked pinch hitter Brett Gardner after a fly out to bring up another pinch hitter in Chase Headley, who struck out to end the game.

In New York’s victory in the opener, the Yankees got a solo homer from Gregorius, a sacrifice fly from Ji-Man Choi and an RBI single from Ronald Torreyes.

CC Sabathia (8-3) tossed six scoreless innings to outduel Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-12).

Gregorius’ homer was his 11th of the season. Ji-Man Choi and Ronald Torreyes drove in one run apiece.

Sabathia allowed two hits and issued a season-high five walks. He struck out three to move within seven of Cy Young’s 2,799 for 20th place on MLB’s career strikeouts list.

Sabathia was initially slated to start Monday night in Minnesota but was told late Saturday he would take the ball in place of Bryan Mitchell, and he battled control issues all afternoon. The veteran, however, kept the Red Sox off the board and improved to 8-3 with a 3.54 ERA.

“We had told him yesterday there was a good chance he was going start on Sunday,” Joe Girardi said Sunday morning. “It allows me to use the whole roster.”

Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his ninth save of the season.

The Red Sox were held to four hits and have gone scoreless in 22 consecutive innings after scoring a run in the third inning of Saturday’s five-hour, 50-minute game.

Choi’s fourth-inning sacrifice fly drove in the Yankees’ first run. Torreyes followed with an RBI single in the next at-bat to make it 2-0.

Gregorius took Porcello deep an inning later, driving a first-pitch changeup an estimated 295 feet, according to Statcast, around Pesky’s Pole, which is officially 302 feet from home plate, and into the seats in shallow right field.

NOTES: New York RHP Bryan Mitchell and Boston INF/OF Brock Holt were the 26th men for Sunday’s doubleheader. … Yankees SS Didi Gregorius’ fifth-inning homer to right field in Game 1 Sunday traveled 295 feet, per Statcast. However, the shortest home-run distance to right at Fenway Park is listed as 302 feet. It was the shortest non-inside-the-park homer Statcast has tracked in the last three seasons. … Red Sox manager John Farrell said the team will follow through on its formal protest of Saturday’s game, despite New York DH Matt Holliday’s interfering slide back to first base in the 11th inning not having an impact on the final score. “If it goes unaddressed … who’s to say (you) can’t instruct runners to do the same going forward,” Farrell said. … The Yankees (starter TBA) will face Minnesota Twins LHP Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA), and Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (4-2, 3.54 ERA) opposes Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman (9-5, 3.28 ERA) on Monday.

 


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