RRafael Devers hit a three-run home run in the first inning off Michael King, Marwin Gonzalez produced another pair with a double and the The Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 5-2 on Friday, in the first of 19 meetings the bitter rivals will hold this season.
Former Yankees pitcher Nathan Eovaldi (7-2) won his third straight start, keeping the shutout until the sixth inning, and The Red Sox snapped their 11-game losing streak in the Bronx with their first win at Yankee Stadium. from June 2, 2019.
After playing his first 57 games of the season without facing the Red Sox, the Yankees began a 14-game stretch against Boston in their next 43 games on the schedule. New York and Boston hadn’t met this late in the season since 1996, when their first clash was until July 1.
The 18,040 fans who sold out available tickets, with increased capacity following the relaxation of restrictions due to the coronavirus, booed the Yankees when they twice hit a double play, reaching 54 this season to lead the majors. New York lost for the eighth time in 11 games.
King (0-3), replacing the injured Corey Kluber in the New York rotation, allowed four runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. On a 0-2 count, he left a fastball on the plate at the level of the letters on Devers’ uniform, who catapulted the ball to the second floor down the right field.
Devers already has 15 homers and 46 RBIs this season.
González, like Devers, he hit unstoppable with two outs in the sixth, and added another double in the eighth.
For the Red Sox, the Dominicans Danny Santana 4-0, Devers 4-1 with one run scored and three RBIs. The Mexican Alex Verdugo 4-1 with a scored. Venezuelan González 4-2 with two RBIs. Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 4-0.