Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Recap: Yankees 3, Red Sox 1

Michael Pineda tossed six innings of one-run ball and the Yankees held off the Red Sox, 3-1, on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.

Welcome Back to the Win Column: Pineda logged his first victory since July 10, yielding just four hits and an earned run while walking none and striking out seven. The consistent Yankees' righty -- making just his second start off the DL -- was solid all evening for the visitors, stranding the tying run at second in the fifth and fanning the dangerous David Ortiz thrice.

Just How They Drew it Up: Surging Yankees infielder Stephen Drew laced a go-ahead two-run double to left-center in the fifth, erasing an early 1-0 deficit and raising his batting average to .205. Red Sox first baseman Travis Shaw had committed a costly fielding error prior to the knock, letting a routine Didi Gregorius grounder get past him as runners reached second and third.

Tough to Tell: The Red Sox were threatening against Dellin Betances in the eighth, but their rally took a hit when Mookie Betts was caught stealing third. The play was reviewed and it looked like maybe -- again, maybe -- Chase Headley had forced Betts' foot off the bag, but the call ultimately stood and the frame ended shortly afterwards with another strikeout of Ortiz.

Gardnering: Brett Gardner gave the Yankees some insurance with a solo shot to right in the eighth, the outfielder's 13th long ball of the year and second at Fenway. The homer accounted for the Yankees' only earned run off Rick Porcello in the contest, the Sox starter having struck out 13 over eight innings.

Continuing to Impress: Ex-Red Sock Andrew Miller locked down his 29th save of the season in the ninth, striking out the side on 19 pitches. Miller's ERA in Pinstripes is now a dominant 1.90, second on the team to Betances' 1.31.

Next Up: The Yankees conclude their six-game road trip with the series finale on Wednesday, sending Masahiro Tanaka (10-6, 3.62 ERA) to the hill versus Boston's Henry Owens (2-1, 4.03 ERA). First pitch is set for 4:05 p.m. ET, airing live on YES and WFAN.

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