Photo Credit: AP Photo / Kathy Willens

The Red Sox overcame a late push by the rival Yankees, but came through with a crucial win.

The Yankees gave Boston everything they could handle; however the Red Sox bullpen came through when it mattered to seal the deal.

Thursday night’s game was filled with rain and colder temperatures, but it didn’t slow down Eduardo Rodriguez from featuring his best stuff. The lefty dazzled over 5 innings, striking out 8 Yankee hitters, and flashing a fastball that reached on multiple occasions.

The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead against everyone’s least-favorite overweight pitcher, C.C. Sabathia. Mookie Betts led off with a ground-rule double down the right field line and was later driven in by Hanley Ramirez – one of his 3 RBI’s on the night.

Before the rain came, Ramirez delivered again with a bomb to left to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead.

A rain delay ended Sabathia’s night, but did allow for ERod to return for one more inning.

For the Red Sox, it was the bullpen that once again struggled to hold the lead. Heath Hembree entered the game in the 7th inning, but was unable to find the strike zone. Joe Kelly was then brought in to erase the damage, but allowed all of Hembree’s inherited runners to score – and one of his own – to even the score at 4-4.

It took two pitches in the top of the 8th for the Red Sox to re-take the lead. This time, thanks to the bat of J.D. Martinez and the dimensions of Yankee stadium.

Upon taking the lead, Joe Kelly & Craig Kimbrel combined to hold onto the lead and give the Red Sox a much needed win.

Key Takeaways:

  • ERod flashed ace potential over 5 dominant innings.
  • The bullpen struggled once again.
  • Hembree continues to struggle in high leverage situations.
  • The rivalry is very much back.

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Final Score:

Red Sox: 5

Yankees: 4

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