Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – It took 10 fewer innings, but the result was
Joe Kelly came off the disabled list to get a career-high eight strikeouts and
the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-4 on Saturday, hours after the
teams played the longest game in their storied rivalry.
Kelly (1-0) retired the last 17 batters he faced, giving up one hit, one run
and two walks to improve to 3-0 in three career starts against the Yankees.
After starting the season on the DL with a right biceps strain, Kelly threw 58
of his 93 pitches for strikes — an efficient performance his teammates must
have appreciated after what happened in the early-morning hours.
Saturday’s start time was 1:05 p.m. — less than 11 hours after the Red Sox’s
6-5 win in a 19-inning marathon that ended at 2:13 a.m.
The series opener lasted 6 hours and 49 minutes, not including a 16-minute
delay in the 12th inning because of a partial power outage. It was the longest
game by time in Red Sox history and second-longest for the Yankees.
Boston banged out nine hits in this one — most of them against starter Adam
Warren (0-1) — and will go for a three-game sweep on Sunday. Brock Holt hit a
three-run double and Dustin Pedroia had a two-run double.
Kelly retired the Yankees in order between the third and seventh innings and
Alexi Ogando got the first two batters in the eighth before giving up singles
to Gregorio Petit and Brett Gardner. Chris Young followed with a three-run
homer into the left-field seats to get New York within 8-4.
Until the eighth, the Yankees had more errors (3) than hits (1). They are
batting .199 as a team through their first five games.
“Sometimes you get off to slow starts,” said New York manager Joe Girardi.
“It’s difficult when you’re not scoring early and you’re playing from behind
all the time.”
Warren pitched 5 1/3 innings in his fourth career start and first since 2013.
The converted reliever, who made 101 appearances out of the bullpen over the
past two seasons, gave up two runs — one earned — on five hits and two
Alex Rodriguez made his first career start at first base and committed an
error that led to a run in the second inning, but he also had New York’s only
hit off Kelly.
Mike Napoli reached on a leadoff ground ball to short in the second when
Rodriguez dropped Didi Gregorius’ low throw. He scored later on Daniel Nava’s
double to deep left field that went off Brett Gardner’s glove.
Rodriguez, batting cleanup, hit a leadoff single in the bottom of the second
and scored on Gregorius’ fly out down the left-field line, tying the score.
Boston took the lead again with a two-out rally in the fourth inning sparked
by Pablo Sandoval’s single. Allen Craig drew a walk and Sandoval scored on
Nava’s single to left-center field.
Pedroia’s two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh inning. Boston tacked
on three more runs with two outs in the eighth on Holt’s double, which his off
Garrett Jones’s glove in right field.
The Red Sox went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and the Yankees
were 1-for-3 … This game lasted 3 hours and 13 minutes … Right-handers
Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees and Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox will start the
series finale on Sunday night.