The New York Yankees jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning and led 4-2 after 3 innings, but that was the last time they had the lead, as the Boston Red Sox put up 8 runs in the bottom of the 4th inning, in an at-bat that lasted over 30 minutes! The Red Sox then cruised to a 15-7 win over the Yankees at Fenway, Friday August 2nd in the 1st game of the 4 game series.

The Red Sox banged out 19 hits and stole 4 bases. Steve Pearce had a career night, hitting 3 home runs and driving in 6 runs, walking once. It's the 3rd time a Red Sox player has hit 3 homers in a game, Mookie Betts having done it twice earlier, against the Angels on April 17th and Royals on May 2nd.

Mookie Betts was 4-4, reaching base a career high 6 times. He had 3 singles, a double and walked twice.

Andrew Benintendi had 3 hits (double), JD Martinez had 3 hits with 2 doubles, Ian Kinsler had 3 hits with a double and 2 highlight fielding plays including a play that had first baseman Pearce smiling wondering how he did it.

Jackie Bradley Jr. had a double and it was his dash to home that sparked the 8 run 4th inning.

Brian Johnson pitching in place of ace Chris Sale won the game going 5.0 innings allowing 4 runs on 6 hits. He struck out 11 and walked 2. He gave up homers.

The Red Sox now have their biggest lead with 6.5 games and take on the Yankees Friday night in the 2nd game of the 4 game series. Rick Porcello is scheduled to pitch for the Red Sox with the pregame starting at 6:25 and first pitch at 7:10 on AM 1370 WDEA.