Fister sharp, Red Sox hit 3 home runs to beat Yankees 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) Less than three months ago, Boston starter Doug Fister was standing on a minor league mound with an uncertain future. On Friday night, he hurled a gem against his club's closest competitor in the middle of a pennant race.

Fister dominated for seven innings and the Red Sox backed him with three home runs to beat the New York Yankees 4-1 and extend their AL East lead.

Eduardo Nunez, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez each homered as the Red Sox opened a 5 1/2-game edge over the Yankees.

Fister (4-7) gave up doubles by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge to begin the first inning, and little else. He allowed four hits, struck out five and walked one.

''The veteran presence that he has, a guy that doesn't take anything for granted,'' Boston manager John Farrell said. ''Kind of got a second life here this year after being in Triple-A for pretty much the first half of the season, but he has taken this opportunity and run with it and he's pitching with a heck of a lot of conviction.''

On Aug. 22, facing AL Central-leading Cleveland, Fister gave up a leadoff home run to Francisco Lindor and then finished with a complete-game one-hitter.

''I am so grateful for the opportunity that I've had throughout my career,'' Fister said, pitching with his fifth team in nine years. ''But to start this season late and to kind of go from where I was to where I am, it's an honor for me to be a part of this club.''

Fister mixed speeds well all night, getting ahead in the count often and keeping the Yankees off balance. In his last three starts, he has a 1.57 ERA.

''He pitches with such conviction and you see it in his body language, you see it in his attack plan,'' Farrell said. ''He's got a clear understanding of what he's trying to do on the mound.''

Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to notch his 32nd save in 36 chances.

Nunez hit a two-run drive off Sonny Gray (8-9) for a 2-1 lead in the third. A day earlier, Nunez dropped down a bunt that Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia threw away, prompting the burly left-hander to call the Boston strategy `'weak.''

Brock Holt walked on a full-count pitch in the third that appeared to be outside of the strike zone, one of many close calls that caused Gray to become visibly frustrated.

When asked about the pitch after the game, Gray mentioned that he hadn't looked at it yet but later added: ''I don't know why he didn't swing. He must've been taking all the way.''

Nunez followed by lining a fastball over the wall in left for his combined 12th homer of the season with San Francisco and Boston.

''That's why they got me,'' Nunez said. ''To do everything that I can to help the team.''

With two outs in the fifth, Benintendi hit Gray's first offering into the right field seats for his 19th home run. Benintendi's 14 RBIs this season are the most against the Yankees by any rookie since Jose Canseco also drove in 14 in 1986.

''The field kind of plays to my swing. I feel like you see the ball well here,'' Benintendi said. ''The lighting's good. The backdrop's good.''

Ramirez connected in the seventh for his 22nd homer and third in four games.

''Hanley's in that stretch where he makes such an impact on our offense as a whole,'' Farrell said.

Gray had not allowed multiple homers in a game since his first start of the year. He struck out nine over seven innings.

Judge's RBI was his first since Aug. 23.

HALL OF FAME COMPANY

Benintendi became the second Red Sox batter to hit five homers at Yankee Stadium in a single season. He joined Jim Rice, who did it in 1983.

BERN, BABY, BERN

Former Yankees star Bernie Williams performed the national anthem, playing it on his guitar as part of a pregame ceremony to raise awareness for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare lung disease that claimed the life of his father.

Williams sat on a stool near the on-deck circle earlier in the afternoon, practicing his licks and chatting with former teammate and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis.

SEPTEMBER CALL-UPS

Both teams made a flurry of moves as roster limits expanded. Boston recalled catcher Blake Swihart, first baseman Sam Travis, right-hander Austin Maddox and left-hander Roenis Elias from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Yankees added right-handers Ben Heller and Bryan Mitchell from Triple-A. Lefty Jordan Montgomery, who started on Wednesday against Cleveland, returned as well.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee inflammation) was activated from the 10-day disabled list prior to the game. He singled in four at-bats and made a nifty diving stop to rob Jacoby Ellsbury of a hit. The former AL MVP played just one game in August. He is not expected to play Saturday. ... RHP Matt Barnes (low back strain) also came off the DL. ... CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (sprained left thumb) is expected back on Saturday. ... LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) worked a 29-pitch bullpen on Friday, throwing fastballs and changeups in a session that manager John Farrell called impressive and powerful. Price may throw another bullpen session on Sunday or Monday which could include breaking balls.

Yankees: DH Matt Holliday (back) was reinstated from the 10-day disabled list but did not play. ... RHP Luis Cessa (ribcage injury) was transferred to the 60-day DL.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (14-4, 3.23 ERA) has won a career-high eight consecutive decisions. He is 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA in four starts against New York this season.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (10-10, 4.69 ERA) has won both starts since returning from the DL, including a 10-strikeout performance against Seattle his last time out.

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  • W: D. Fister (4-7)L: S. Gray (8-9)S: C. Kimbrel (32)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (22), E. Nunez (12), A. Benintendi (19)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Nunez SS-2B41121000.310.338.462.8017.0
A. Benintendi CF41211010.280.361.445.8066.5
M. Betts RF40100011.261.340.433.7732.5
M. Moreland 1B40000022.254.338.447.784-1.0
D. Pedroia 2B40100031.302.377.404.781-0.5
X. Bogaerts SS00000000.271.333.401.7340.0
R. Devers 3B40100021.288.355.528.8830.0
H. Ramirez DH41111023.247.332.444.7765.0
S. Leon C40000022.230.294.361.655-1.0
B. Holt LF31000101.173.275.202.4772.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41100000.261.350.434.7853.0
    A. Judge RF40110010.279.412.575.9862.5
    R. Torreyes 3B00000000.298.317.377.6940.0
    G. Sanchez C40000011.269.339.526.865-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS40000001.296.327.479.8060.0
    S. Castro 2B40000011.304.342.464.806-0.5
    G. Bird 1B20000110.150.284.300.5840.5
    C. Headley DH30100001.273.357.411.7681.0
    J. Ellsbury CF30100001.242.319.377.6961.0
    T. Frazier 3B20000021.210.335.410.745-1.0
    a- A. Hicks PH-RF10000000.268.370.468.8380.0
    • a-lined out for Frazier in the 8th
    BATTING
    • HR - E. Nunez (12), A. Benintendi (19), H. Ramirez (22)
    • RBI - E. Nunez 2 (55), A. Benintendi (74), H. Ramirez (52)
    • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (24)
    BATTING
    • 2B - B. Gardner (20), A. Judge (18)
    • RBI - A. Judge (83)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (22)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Fister (W, 4-7)7.04111504.191.3127.5
    A. Reed (H, 11)1.00000002.891.043.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 32)1.00000101.550.6610.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Fister (W, 4-7)7.0
    A. Reed (H, 11)1.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 32)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    S. Gray (L, 8-9)7.05441933.361.1610.5
    A. Chapman1.01000304.121.353.5
    A. Warren1.01000102.400.892.5
    PITCHERSIP
    S. Gray (L, 8-9)7.0
    A. Chapman1.0
    A. Warren1.0
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 98-63, A. Reed 11-9, C. Kimbrel 15-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 11-5, A. Reed 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - D. Fister 26, A. Reed 3, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • WP - S. Gray (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 98-67, A. Chapman 18-16, A. Warren 14-10
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-7
    • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, A. Chapman 4, A. Warren 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    E. Nunez SS-2B41121000.310.338.462.8017.0
    A. Benintendi CF41211010.280.361.445.8066.5
    M. Betts RF40100011.261.340.433.7732.5
    M. Moreland 1B40000022.254.338.447.784-1.0
    D. Pedroia 2B40100031.302.377.404.781-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS00000000.271.333.401.7340.0
    R. Devers 3B40100021.288.355.528.8830.0
    H. Ramirez DH41111023.247.332.444.7765.0
    S. Leon C40000022.230.294.361.655-1.0
    B. Holt LF31000101.173.275.202.4772.0
    Total35474311311-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF41100000.261.350.434.7853.0
      A. Judge RF40110010.279.412.575.9862.5
      R. Torreyes 3B00000000.298.317.377.6940.0
      G. Sanchez C40000011.269.339.526.865-0.5
      D. Gregorius SS40000001.296.327.479.8060.0
      S. Castro 2B40000011.304.342.464.806-0.5
      G. Bird 1B20000110.150.284.300.5840.5
      C. Headley DH30100001.273.357.411.7681.0
      J. Ellsbury CF30100001.242.319.377.6961.0
      T. Frazier 3B20000021.210.335.410.745-1.0
      a- A. Hicks PH-RF10000000.268.370.468.8380.0
      Total311410166-----
      • a-lined out for Frazier in the 8th
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Nunez (12), A. Benintendi (19), H. Ramirez (22)
      • RBI - E. Nunez 2 (55), A. Benintendi (74), H. Ramirez (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (24)
      BATTING
      • 2B - B. Gardner (20), A. Judge (18)
      • RBI - A. Judge (83)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (22)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Fister (W, 4-7)7.04111504.191.3127.5
      A. Reed (H, 11)1.00000002.891.043.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 32)1.00000101.550.6610.5
      Total9.0411160---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Fister (W, 4-7)7.0
      A. Reed (H, 11)1.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 32)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      S. Gray (L, 8-9)7.05441933.361.1610.5
      A. Chapman1.01000304.121.353.5
      A. Warren1.01000102.400.892.5
      Total9.07441133---
      PITCHERSIP
      S. Gray (L, 8-9)7.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      A. Warren1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Fister 98-63, A. Reed 11-9, C. Kimbrel 15-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Fister 11-5, A. Reed 1-2, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Fister 26, A. Reed 3, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - S. Gray (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - S. Gray 98-67, A. Chapman 18-16, A. Warren 14-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Gray 6-7
      • Batters Faced - S. Gray 28, A. Chapman 4, A. Warren 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to right center41
      • 5TH INNING
        Benintendi homered to right31
      • 3RD INNING
        Nunez homered to left, Holt scored21
      • 1ST INNING
        Judge doubled to left center, Gardner scored01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Ronald Torreyes at third
        • Adam Warren relieved Aroldis Chapman
        • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers singled to right center
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • S. Leon: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Leon flied out to left
        • B. Holt: Ball, Foul, Holt popped out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Addison Reed
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius popped out to catcher
        • S. Castro: Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Sonny Gray
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Betts singled to shallow left
        • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul tip, Betts stole second
        • D. Pedroia: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Addison Reed relieved Doug Fister
        • Xander Bogaerts at shortstop
        • Aaron Hicks hit for Todd Frazier
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks lined out to center
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Gardner grounded out to first
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to deep center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez homered to right center
        • S. Leon: Ball, Leon flied out to right
        • B. Holt: Ball, Holt grounded out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to right
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bird grounded out to second
        • C. Headley: Headley reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike (foul tip), Moreland grounded out to second
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pedroia struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Ball, Devers grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to third
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Gregorius flied out to left
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Holt popped out to shortstop
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez popped out to second
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi homered to right
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ellsbury grounded out to second
        • T. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • D. Pedroia: Ball, Foul, Pedroia singled to right center
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
        • S. Leon: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius fouled out to third
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike looking, Castro flied out to deep right
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird walked
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Headley flied out to shallow left
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • S. Leon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Leon struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Nunez homered to left, Holt scored
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Benintendi singled to left
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts reached on fielder's choice to third, Benintendi out at second
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to third
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland flied out to center
        • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Pedroia struck out looking
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Devers struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • H. Ramirez: Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to second, Devers out at second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
        • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley flied out to center
        • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury singled to center
        • T. Frazier: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Frazier struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • S. Gray Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi popped out to third
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Fister Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner doubled to deep right center
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Judge doubled to left center, Gardner scored
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to third
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second, Judge to third
        • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Castro grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)