It was only fitting that the Boston Red Sox defeated the New York Yankees 5-3 on Dustin Pedroia Night at Fenway Park. The Red Sox honored their former player and newest member of the Red Sox Hall of Fame prior to the game.

 

 

The Red Sox are now 4-0 against the Yankees in 2021, having outscored them 23-13 in the 4 games.

Martin Perez started the game for Boston, but only went 3.2 innings, allowing 6 hits on 3 runs, none of which were earned. He struck out 3 and walked 2.

4 Red Sox relievers combined to toss 5.1 scoreless innings.

  • Hirakazu Sawamura went 1.1 innings, striking out 2 and walking 1, stranding the inherited runner in the 4th inning.
  • Garrett Whitlock went 2.0 inning, pitching the 6th and 7th innings. He struck out 2 and has a ERA of 0.57 in his last 10 appearances. Friday night's 2 innings was his Major League leading 10th scoreless relief appearance of at least 2.0 innings. No other pitcher had more than 7 prior to Friday night, and the last Red Sox pitcher to have 10 or more scoreless relief appearances of 2.0 innings or more in a seasaon was Scott Atchinson in 2012 when he had 10. Whitlock has 10 before the All-Star break!
  • Adam Ottavino went 1.0 inning striking out 2
  • Matt Barnes pitched the 9th, getting a game ending double play for his 16th save of the season.

Hunter Renfroe went 1-1, walking twice. He hit a RBI double in the 1st inning and a sacrifice fly in the3rd inning, driving in another run. He also walked twice on the night. He also gunned down another runner at the plate

Christian Vazquez was 2-3 with a RBI single in the 8th inning to give the Red Sox an insurance run.

For the Yankees Miguel Andujar was 3-4. Gio Urshela was 2-4 and Luke Voit was 2-4.

Manager Alex Cora on the game.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 to remain a half game ahead of the Red Sox in 1st place in the AL East.

Boston and New York will play game 2 of the 3 game series Saturday night. The pregame starts at 6:15 p.m. with the 1st pitch at 7:15 p.m. on AM 1370 WDEA.