Benches brawl in Boston, Yankees defeat Red Sox 10-7
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The New York Yankees defeated the Boston Red Sox 10-7 on Wednesday afternoon. David Price started the game for Boston and Masahiro Tanaka did the same for the Yankees. With the loss, the Red Sox drop to 9-2 on the season, while the Yankees advance to 6-6 with the victory. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Outside of the result of the game, the big storyline of the contest was a bench-clearing brawl that occurred in the 7th inning. Joe Kelly pegged Tyler Austin, who had slid into Brock Holt with his cleat in the 3rd inning, with a fastball in his back. It was clear retaliation and Austin threw his bat in anger and proceeded to walk towards Kelly on the mound. As he got halfway to the mound, Kelly issued a gesture which signaled him to engage in a brawl.
Austin then threw his helmet at the Red Sox pitcher and charged him. He fell to the ground, with Kelly landing on top of him, throwing a couple punches. Both benches cleared. Kelly and Austin were ejected from the game, both of whom will likely face suspensions from the MLB.
In other news, David Price was removed from the game after a rough four-run 1st-inning with an apparent injury. The Red Sox later reported the southpaw exited the game with “a sensation in his left hand.”
Boston did not go out without a fight, cutting down the lead 8-6 when J.D. Martinez shot a bullet to center field, providing the team with their third grand slam of the young season.
New York added two more in the top if the 6th, preying upon a struggling Matt Barnes. It remained a 10-6 score until the bottom of the 9th.
Aroldis Chapman came into pitch the last frame for the Bronx Bombers, quickly allowing Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez to reach second and third with no outs. Boston scored an additional run but the next three batters got out, giving the Yankees the victory.
The Boston Red Sox will take on the New York Yankees at 7:10 p.m. eastern time on Thursday. Rick Porcello will be the starter for Boston and the Yankees will have Sonny Gray going for them. It will be the last game of the three-game series.