Red Sox rebound for 5-4 win, Yanks' 2nd loss in 19 games

NEW YORK (AP) Alex Cora watched the New York Yankees erase a late deficit for the second straight night, and the Boston Red Sox manager wasn't surprised.

''For them, it's fun to watch,'' he said. ''For me, it's like, oh God, here we go again.''

This time, the Red Sox rebounded after wasting a four-run lead for a win that seemed more important than most.

J.D. Martinez hit a tiebreaking home run against Dellin Betances leading off the eighth inning, just beyond Aaron Judge's reach at the right-field wall, and the Red Sox escaped New York with a 5-4 victory Thursday night that handed the Yankees only their second loss in 19 games.

''Definitely huge,'' Martinez said. ''Kind of hoping that we can almost slow them down in a sense.''

Boston moved back into a tie with the Yankees for the AL East lead at 26-11, the best record in the major leagues. The rivals have split six games this year and meet 13 more times but not until June 29 in the Bronx.

''You walk off there disappointed but also proud of the way the guys continue to compete through the end and give ourselves a chance on a night when maybe it doesn't look that way,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

Even Iris Cora admires the Baby Bombers.

''I hate to say it, but my mom kind of like - liked what happened with them,'' the Boston manager said. ''It's a fun team. It's an athletic team, and I think the fans are buying into it.''

Boston built a 4-0 lead against CC Sabathia as Hanley Ramirez drove in three runs with a run-scoring groundout in the first , an RBI single in a two-run third and a homer in the fifth just before a 55-minute rain delay .

But the Yankees tied the score in the seventh after loading the bases with one out against Heath Hembree.

Joe Kelly (2-0), who served a six-game suspension for hitting the Yankees' Tyler Austin with a pitch last month, was booed loudly when he entered. Kelly forced in a run with a four-pitch walk to Brett Gardner, gave up an RBI single to Judge and a run-scoring groundout to Didi Gregorius , who is hitless in 24 at-bats. Kelly then bounced a run-scoring wild pitch off catcher Christian Vazquez.

Martinez had driven in a run in the third with a liner off the glove of second baseman Gleyber Torres that was turned into a forceout, and as he walked to the plate in the eighth, Ramirez told him to hit a home run.

''He was saying it as a joke,'' Martinez remembered.

No joke. Martinez sent a 97 mph fastball from Betances (1-2) to the opposite field, just over Judge's outstretched glove.

''I was like blowing, praying, doing everything I can to push it over,'' Martinez said.

Judge reached over the fence, and a spectator's glove touched his. But the ball was clearly over the wall and Martinez circled the bases with his ninth home run.

''Once it goes past that imaginary line, it's fair game for him. So it's no interference,'' Judge said. ''I just missed it.''

Austin flied out on the first pitch he saw from Kelly with a runner on in the eighth. Kelly threw a called third strike past Neil Walker to end the inning with two on - the seventh Yankees batter caught looking as New York repeatedly questioned the strike zone of plate umpire Stu Scheurwater.

A night after giving up Gardner's go-ahead, two-run triple in a four-run eighth, Craig Kimbrel struck out Gardner, then retired Judge on a flyout and Gregorius on a chopper that Kimbrel snagged on the left side of the infield for his 301st career save and 10th in 12 chances this season.

''I enjoyed having the same part of the lineup up and getting another chance,'' Kimbrel said. ''Mentally, yesterday's not going to get to me. I've blown many a save and come back the next day. It's part of my job.''

Mookie Betts had three hits, raising his batting average to a major league-leading .361. New York, held without an extra-base hit for the first time this year, had won eight straight games overall and 11 in a row at home.

In the glow of the win, Ramirez didn't see the division race getting decided in the late stages.

''It's not going to be like this all year,'' he said. ''We're going to take off.''

STARTERS

Boston lefty Eduardo Rodriguez struck out eight - including six looking. He has a 2.25 ERA in six starts at new Yankee Stadium. Sabathia allowed nine hits in four innings as his ERA rose from 1.39 to 2.23.

CHEERED

Booed in his final weeks as a Yankees player two years ago, Alex Rodriguez was cheered when shown on the video board while watching the game after the rain delay.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Tyler Thornburg, coming back from surgery last June 16 to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, made his fifth minor league rehab appearance. He gave up two runs and two hits while getting two outs for Double-A Portland. He will join the Red Sox in Toronto on Friday for a bullpen session. ... OF Jackie Bradley Jr. (.173) was not in the starting lineup for the second straight day and might not play Friday.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird (right ankle surgery on March 27) played five innings in his first rehab game for Class A Tampa and was 0 for 3 with two flyouts and an RBI grounder. ... OF Billy McKinney (left shoulder sprain on March 31) played seven innings in left field during his first rehab appearance for the Tarpons and went 0 for 1 with a groundout and two walks.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Sale (3-1, 2.02 ERA) starts Friday at Toronto, which sends RHP Aaron Sanchez (2-3, 4.14) to the mound.

Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray (2-2, 6.00) starts Friday's series opener against Oakland, his first game against his former team since the Athletics traded him to New York last summer.

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BOS26-11
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NYY26-11
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  • W: J. Kelly (2-0)L: D. Betances (1-2)S: C. Kimbrel (10)
  • HR: BOS - H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts CF42300100.361.441.8031.2449.0
A. Benintendi LF51100023.244.336.412.7482.0
H. Ramirez DH41231010.298.361.466.8268.5
J. Martinez RF41121011.348.395.6231.0186.5
X. Bogaerts SS40100030.330.355.557.912-0.5
M. Moreland 1B40000022.325.389.6381.026-1.0
E. Nunez 2B40100012.240.267.380.6470.5
R. Devers 3B40100010.259.303.441.7440.5
C. Vazquez C40000002.186.240.227.4670.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF41010120.208.325.285.6092.0
    A. Judge RF20110300.311.440.5781.0185.0
    D. Gregorius SS50010005.280.369.598.9681.0
    G. Stanton LF40100003.238.325.497.8221.0
    G. Sanchez C20000201.202.291.484.7752.0
    T. Austin 1B40000024.234.306.506.812-1.0
    M. Andujar DH41100024.271.287.466.7531.0
    G. Torres 2B41200020.344.388.492.8802.0
    R. Torreyes 3B20000020.347.360.429.789-1.0
    a- N. Walker PH-3B11000112.198.291.250.5411.5
    • a-walked for Torreyes in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - M. Betts (13), A. Benintendi (10)
    • HR - H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (9)
    • RBI - H. Ramirez 3 (24), J. Martinez 2 (29)
    BATTING
    • RBI - B. Gardner (13), A. Judge (28), D. Gregorius (31)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - M. Betts (4)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    E. Rodriguez5.01003804.581.2115.0
    M. Barnes1.00001003.451.092.0
    H. Hembree0.12331005.711.62-6.0
    J. Kelly (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.22112202.600.986.0
    C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.00000102.200.8010.5
    PITCHERSIP
    E. Rodriguez5.0
    M. Barnes1.0
    H. Hembree0.1
    J. Kelly (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.2
    C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Sabathia4.09440512.231.021.5
    J. Holder2.00000204.760.977.0
    D. Betances (L, 1-2)2.01110315.631.440.5
    C. Shreve1.00001103.141.262.5
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Sabathia4.0
    J. Holder2.0
    D. Betances (L, 1-2)2.0
    C. Shreve1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Kelly (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 93-53, M. Barnes 11-5, H. Hembree 13-8, J. Kelly 27-14, C. Kimbrel 13-8
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4, M. Barnes 1-2, J. Kelly 2-1, C. Kimbrel 1-1
    • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 19, M. Barnes 4, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 9, C. Kimbrel 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 80-57, J. Holder 17-14, D. Betances 29-19, C. Shreve 19-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-0, J. Holder 2-2, D. Betances 2-1, C. Shreve 1-1
    • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, J. Holder 6, D. Betances 7, C. Shreve 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS26-11
    1020100105100
    NYY26-11
    000000400450
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts CF42300100.361.441.8031.2449.0
    A. Benintendi LF51100023.244.336.412.7482.0
    H. Ramirez DH41231010.298.361.466.8268.5
    J. Martinez RF41121011.348.395.6231.0186.5
    X. Bogaerts SS40100030.330.355.557.912-0.5
    M. Moreland 1B40000022.325.389.6381.026-1.0
    E. Nunez 2B40100012.240.267.380.6470.5
    R. Devers 3B40100010.259.303.441.7440.5
    C. Vazquez C40000002.186.240.227.4670.0
    Total375105211110-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner CF41010120.208.325.285.6092.0
      A. Judge RF20110300.311.440.5781.0185.0
      D. Gregorius SS50010005.280.369.598.9681.0
      G. Stanton LF40100003.238.325.497.8221.0
      G. Sanchez C20000201.202.291.484.7752.0
      T. Austin 1B40000024.234.306.506.812-1.0
      M. Andujar DH41100024.271.287.466.7531.0
      G. Torres 2B41200020.344.388.492.8802.0
      R. Torreyes 3B20000020.347.360.429.789-1.0
      a- N. Walker PH-3B11000112.198.291.250.5411.5
      Total32453071119-----
      • a-walked for Torreyes in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (13), A. Benintendi (10)
      • HR - H. Ramirez (5), J. Martinez (9)
      • RBI - H. Ramirez 3 (24), J. Martinez 2 (29)
      BATTING
      • RBI - B. Gardner (13), A. Judge (28), D. Gregorius (31)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (4)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez5.01003804.581.2115.0
      M. Barnes1.00001003.451.092.0
      H. Hembree0.12331005.711.62-6.0
      J. Kelly (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.22112202.600.986.0
      C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.00000102.200.8010.5
      Total9.05447110---
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez5.0
      M. Barnes1.0
      H. Hembree0.1
      J. Kelly (W, 2-0) (BS, 1)1.2
      C. Kimbrel (S, 10)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia4.09440512.231.021.5
      J. Holder2.00000204.760.977.0
      D. Betances (L, 1-2)2.01110315.631.440.5
      C. Shreve1.00001103.141.262.5
      Total9.010551112---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia4.0
      J. Holder2.0
      D. Betances (L, 1-2)2.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Kelly (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 93-53, M. Barnes 11-5, H. Hembree 13-8, J. Kelly 27-14, C. Kimbrel 13-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 3-4, M. Barnes 1-2, J. Kelly 2-1, C. Kimbrel 1-1
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 19, M. Barnes 4, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 9, C. Kimbrel 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 80-57, J. Holder 17-14, D. Betances 29-19, C. Shreve 19-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 7-0, J. Holder 2-2, D. Betances 2-1, C. Shreve 1-1
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 21, J. Holder 6, D. Betances 7, C. Shreve 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Martinez homered to right54
      • 7TH INNING
        Gardner scored, Gregorius to second on wild pitch44
        Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to second, Walker scored, Gardner to third, Judge out at second43
        Judge singled to left, Torres scored, Walker to third, Gardner to second42
        Gardner walked, Andujar scored, Torres to third, Walker to second41
      • 5TH INNING
        Ramirez homered to left center40
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez reached on fielder's choice to second, Benintendi scored, Ramirez out at second30
        Ramirez reached on an infield single to second, Betts scored, Benintendi to third20
      • 1ST INNING
        Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Chasen Shreve relieved Dellin Betances
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Devers lined out to left
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Craig Kimbrel relieved Joe Kelly
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge flied out to center
        • D. Gregorius: Foul, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • D. Betances Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Martinez homered to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • T. Austin: Austin flied out to left
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Torres singled to left, Sanchez to second
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Walker struck out looking
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Dellin Betances relieved Jonathan Holder
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts fouled out to right
        • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi grounded out to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Matt Barnes
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Austin flied out to right
        • M. Andujar: Andujar singled to right
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torres singled to right, Andujar to third
        • Neil Walker hit for Ronald Torreyes
        • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked, Torres to second
        • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked, Andujar scored, Torres to third, Walker to second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to left, Torres scored, Walker to third, Gardner to second
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius reached on fielder's choice to second, Walker scored, Gardner to third, Judge out at second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Gardner scored, Gregorius to second on wild pitch, Stanton grounded out to first
        • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Holder Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez flied out to right
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Devers struck out on foul tip
        • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Foul, Vazquez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Matt Barnes relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius lined out to left
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton popped out to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to third
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez homered to left center
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking
        • Martinez grounded out to shortstop
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Devers grounded out to second
        • C. Vazquez: Vazquez grounded out to second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge walked
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gregorius popped out to second
        • G. Stanton: Stanton singled to shallow left, Judge to second
        • G. Sanchez: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked, Judge to third, Stanton to second
        • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Austin struck out looking
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Foul, Foul, Andujar flied out to deep center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Betts singled to center
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Foul, Benintendi doubled to right, Betts to third
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ramirez reached on an infield single to second, Betts scored, Benintendi to third
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Martinez reached on fielder's choice to second, Benintendi scored, Ramirez out at second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to center, Martinez to second
        • M. Moreland: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Torres struck out looking
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner struck out looking
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • M. Moreland: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Nunez singled to right
        • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Devers reached on an infield single to third, Nunez to second
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • T. Austin: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Austin struck out looking
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Andujar struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • C. Sabathia Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Betts doubled to deep right
        • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to first, Betts to third
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop, Betts scored
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gardner flied out to left
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge walked
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius flied out to left
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Stanton grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)