Saturday, May 2, 2015

Recap: Yankees 3, Red Sox 2

Alex Rodriguez tied Giants great Willie Mays on the all-time home run list, drilling a pinch-hit solo shot off Junichi Tazawa in the eighth to lift the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-2, on Friday night at Fenway Park.

660: After taking over for the 0-for-3 Garrett Jones with one out, Rodriguez lined a 3-0 fastball high into the monster seats -- putting the Yankees up 3-2 in a sudden and dramatic way. The four-bagger, A-Rod's sixth already this season, quickly silenced a booing Boston crowd -- one whose jeers frequently referenced Rodriguez's recent steroid scandal. 

CC Solid: CC Sabathia didn't necessarily bring his sharpest stuff to this one, but when big outs were needed, the veteran came through. He escaped man-on-third jams in the third, fourth and fifth -- ultimately finishing with six innings, two earned runs and a no-decision under his belt.

Rallying Back: Down 2-1 with runners on first and second in the seventh, the Yankees evened the score on a Brian McCann RBI single -- a sinking fly ball Hanley Ramirez played on a hop. It plated Didi Gregorius from second following a late throw home, costing starter Justin Masterson his third win of the year. 

Shutdown Bullpen: It's not exactly news at this point that the Yankees' bullpen is one of the best in baseball, and the group showed why that is yet again in this victory. The Yanks' relief core -- this time represented by Esmil Rogers, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller -- tossed three shutout innings to aid the offense's comeback, with Miller logging his league-leading ninth save in the ninth. 

Early Offense: For the most part, the Yankees' bats were quiet versus Masterson on the evening -- only recording six hits in six frames against a pitcher with an above-five ERA. They did score in the first, however, taking an early advantage on a double from Carlos Beltran.

Next Up: The Yankees and Red Sox continue this weekend series Saturday in the lone matinee of the set -- beginning at 1:35 p.m. ET and airing live on MLB Network. Nathan Eovaldi (1-0, 4.15 ERA) will get the nod for the Yankees looking to rebound from a rough outing Sunday, opposing struggling Sox lefty Wade Miley (1-2, 8.62 ERA). 

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