The New York Yankees jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the Boston Red Sox, 12-5, in the second game of this four-game series on Friday night at Fenway Park.
Nestor Cortes started on the mound for New York and struggled. The left-hander surrendered four runs on eight hits over 3 2/3 innings.
For the second night in a row, the Yankees jumped out to an early lead, this time in the first inning. Gleyber Torres opened the scoring with an RBI single. Then, Josh Donaldson launched a three-run home run into the Green Monster seats to make it 4-0. However, the Red Sox answered in the bottom of the frame with a pair of runs. Christian Vazquez hammered a two-out, two-run double off the center-field wall to cut the lead in half.
New York got a run back in the second as Matt Carpenter lined one off the Green Monster for an RBI double.
In the third, Joey Gallo hit a routine fly ball to right field but it fell in for a two-run triple as Christian Arroyo lost the ball in the lights. Gallo did try for the inside-the-park home run but was gunned down at the plate.
Carpenter extended the lead to 8-2 in the fourth with a solo shot over the wall in right-center. Later in the frame, Donaldson stole third and then scored on a throwing error by the catcher. The Red Sox scored a couple of runs in the home half of the inning on two solo homers by Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec, cutting the lead to 9-4.
Boston added another run in the sixth on an RBI groundout by Xander Bogaerts.
The Yankees plated their 10th run of the game in the seventh with a little small ball. Marwin Gonzalez laid down a bunt to bring home Hicks.
Torres collected his second RBI of the game in the eighth with a double off the top of the Green Monster. That extended New York’s lead to 11-5.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa capped off the scoring in the ninth with a bases-loaded walk.
Aaron Judge and Gonzalez were the only ones in the starting lineup without a hit. Judge finished 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and a walk. Five of the nine hitters in the starting lineup had multi-hit nights.
The Yankees will try to secure a series win on Saturday night with Jordan Montgomery on the hill. The first pitch is slated for 7:15 p.m.