BOSTON BLUES

Yanks drop rub­ber game to Sox.

Metro USA (New York) - - Front Page - JOE PANTORNO @JoePan­torno [email protected]

The Boston Red Sox have opened up their Amer­i­can League East-lead­ing lead to five games as they de­feated the sec­ond-place New York Yan­kees, 5-1, on Sun­day.

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s three RBI paced the Red Sox while the pitch­ing staff com­bined to al­low just three hits on the af­ter­noon.

Boston took two-ofthree at home from the surg­ing Yan­kees, who were fresh off a fourgame sweep of the crosstown ri­val New York Mets last week.

Bradley opened the scor­ing for the Red Sox in the sec­ond in­ning with a two-run triple off Gray, who had given up a pair of sin­gles to Xan­der Bo­gaerts and Sandy Leon to de­scend into trou­ble.

It was a bad omen for Gray, who had re­ceived an av­er­age of just two runs of sup­port from the Yan­kees of­fense since his ar­rival from Oak­land.

He would get just one run of sup­port dur­ing his five in­nings as he la­bored for 106 pitches but man­aged to hold the Red Sox to those two early runs.

The Yan­kees, though, couldn’t find a way to get to Boston starter Rick Por­cello. Brett Gard­ner pro­vided the Yan­kees’ break­through in the top of the fifth in­ning, driv­ing a solo home run just over the short wall in right field, his 20th of the year to halve New York’s deficit.

That was the only blem­ish of Por­cello’s day though as he al­lowed just three hits on the af­ter­noon in six in­nings of work. It was a re­turn to form for the righty, who en­tered Sun­day’s game with a 7-14 record and 4.59 ERA. Those are shock­ing num­bers from a pitcher that won the AL Cy Young Award last sea­son.

Be­fore the Sox could get to their bullpen, the of­fense pro­vided a bit more in­sur­ance in the bot­tom of the sixth when Bradley de­liv­ered a twoout, run-scor­ing sin­gle off Adam War­ren for his third RBI of the day.

War­ren was re­placed by for­mer closer Aroldis Chap­man, who was pitch­ing be­fore the eighth in­ning for the first time since 2012 and in the sixth in­ning for the first time since 2011. He made sim­ple work of Brock Holt, strik­ing him out on three pitches that clocked in at 98, 99 and 100 miles per hour be­fore get­ting through the sev­enth un­scathed.

Boston would put the game in the eighth in­ning when Sandy Leon dou­bled in a pair of runs off Tommy Kahnle

It was more than enough as the Yan­kees couldn’t touch the Red Sox bullpen. They were set down by Bran­don Work­man, Ad­di­son Reed and Craig Kim­brel with ease as they were held hit­less in the fi­nal three in­nings. Among the fi­nal outs, Aaron Judge struck out once again, ex­tend­ing his MLB-record streak to 37-straight games with a punch out.

Jackie Bradley Jr. went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and a walk on Sun­day.

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