BOSTON (AP) When Steve Pearce's third homer of the game climbed from the light tower above Green Monster, a few fans behind the home team made their hats on the pitch to celebrate their first career hockey.
When he came to the plate in the eighth for his last bat, he got a standing ovation from the Boston fans who were eager to see him do more story against the hated Yankees.
"It was a good night. A fun night. A good team win and something I'll never forget, said Pearce on Thursday night after driving in six runs with three homers to help Red Sox beat New York 15 -7.
"It was exciting especially when you get home and you see all your teammates there ready for you," said Pearce, who went to five places in his last bat. "To celebrate with them, it's a good feeling."
In the opener of a four-game series that gave New York the opportunity to erase most of the division's deficit, Red Sox instead expanded the lead to a season high 6 1
"We need to do a better job playing a better brand of baseball, especially against a really good opponent," Boone said. "When it's difficult, not everything goes, we must be air tight to minimize damage on the other side."
Mookie Betts had four hits and two walks, and certainly came six times on the table. Pearce, JD Martinez, Ian Kinsler and Andrew Benintendi had three matches for Boston, who have won five of their last six games and 20 of their last 25 matches a 42-year high season over .500.
Pearce hit a solo homer in the third and then added a three-run shot in an eight-fourth fourth inning that erased the rest of a 4-0 Yankees lead. He also had a two-run homer in the sixth, joining Mo Vaughn and Kevin Millar as the only Red Sox player to have three home runs in a game against the Yankees.
Didi Grigorius homered twice, met Aaron Hicks one and Giancarlo Stanton received his 25th season for Yankees, who has lost only twice in the last week – sluggishly played both times – but released two matches in the division. The rivals will meet nine times, including the last three games of the season.
Early in the game as Chris Sale was supposed to start, Red Sox was already next 4-0 and their ace was getting frustrated.
"He was like," I can not believe this, "said Alex Cora, after Brian Johnson filled in for Sale, AL strikeout and ERA leader, who went on the left-handed list of features as he said was not so bad. "But we trust BJ"
Johnson (2-3) had a career height 11 for his first victory since April 2. He allowed five runs – four earned – six hits and two walks in five innings. 19659002] "It did not look good at first," said Cora. "But he could get some important outs. He gave us a chance."
Johnson saw Yankees a 4-0 lead but Red Sox got one in the other and one in the third before he took the lead in fourth.
With runners second and third and none, Benintendi hit a helicopter back to the top. Holder threw behind Jackie Bradley Jr., who broke home and hit the plate with a first first picture.
Pearce homered for a 6-4 lead, Martinez doubled and made at Kinsler's single and then, after Kinsler stole second, Eduardo Nunez doubled to make it 8-4 and chase Holders. Chad Green got the two closest before Bradley doubled in another round, Betts singled and Benintendi added an RBI single.
Luis Cessa replaced Green and got Pearce on a jar to finish 13-bit, seven-hip (five for extra bases), 46-minute half-time.
"The image that Jackie did, turned around. You felt the crowd began to get into it," said Pearce. "And it was amazing we could use. It's a tough series, it's a tough team, and it's definitely good for the team early. "
Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray will be replaced in rotation and new RHP Lance Lynn, acquired from Minnesota this week … LHP YES The event was put on 10-day DL with hand and foot and mouth disease. He was expected to start on Saturday and was then replaced preliminarily in the rotation of Cessa, who instead needed to be out of sight in the series opener. RHP Chance Adams started Monday on Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre and could make his big league debut.
Red Sox: SS Xander Bogaerts, who hit his hand at a pitch on Tuesday, got free. Alex Cora said he is about to play Friday.
Yankees: Luis Severino (14-4) has allowed 19 runs in his last 19 1/3 innings over four starts, never making it fifth. But he has won two of them.
Red Sox: Rick Porcello (4-4) is 5-1 over his last six start but has a 5.85 ERA.
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