The Red Sox picked up a 5-3 win over the Yankees with a packed Fenway crowd, totaling a season-high 36,869 fans in attendance. Before the game, the Red Sox celebrated the career of Dustin Pedroia with a pregame ceremony and announced he’ll be inducted into the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
The Red Sox got out in front early, with Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo hitting back-to-back singles to lead off the ballgame, and Chavis swiping third base. Xander Bogaerts drove both in with a sharp line drive into centerfield that was a double, and Hunter Renfroe knocked in Bogaerts with a double into left field.
Red Sox starter Martin Perez recorded a 1-2-3 first inning, but ran into some trouble in the second as the Yankees took advantage of an error from shortstop Xander Bogaerts. The lefty walked home a run, before giving up a two-RBI single off the bat of D.J. Lemahieu to tie the game at 3-3. He got out of the inning after Aaron Judge grounded out to retire the side.
Perez would allow two base hits in the third, but a double play got him out of the jam. The lefty got some help from Hunter Renfroe in the fourth, as after Gio Urshela doubled, Miguel Andujar singled into right field. Urshela rounded third and headed home, but would be met at the plate by the throw of Hunter Renfroe to keep the game knotted up at 3-3.
Renfroe would contribute again, this time offensively as he plated Rafael Devers with a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the third inning to give the Red Sox the 4-3 lead.
After Clint Frazier flew out, Red Sox manager Alex Cora brought on Hirokazu Sawamura to finish the inning. Perez would end his night tossing 3.2 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, striking out three while walking two. Sawamura retired D.J Lemahieu to finish off the top of the fourth.
Neither team was able to score from the fourth inning to the seventh inning. Sawamura pitched a hitless fourth, while Garrett Whitlock tossed two one-hit innings. Adam Ottavino tallied a hitless eighth inning.
The Red Sox added to their cushion in the bottom of the eighth with Christian Vazquez singling home Hunter Renfroe to make it 5-3.
Matt Barnes gave up two hits, but got out of the inning with a 6-4-3 double play to retire the Yankees’ half of the ninth, as the Red Sox would capture a 5-3 win over New York.
The Red Sox bullpen combined for 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing three hits while striking out a combined seven.
(Photo: Christian Vazquez tags out Gio Urshela at home/John Thumaki/Boston Globe)