BOSTON – In their first game with their new-look roster, the Red Sox made the most of the changes that resulted from Thursday’s trading deadline frenzy.
Righthander Anthony Ranaudo earned the win in his major league debut, as the Sox beat the Yankees 4-3 at Fenway Park Friday night.
Ranaudo went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts. The first run he allowed in his big league career came on a Carlos Beltran home run leading off the fourth. He allowed another run in the sixth when Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a walk (one of three lead-off walks Ranaudo allowed), stole second, went to third on Mark Teixeira’s groundout and scoring on Carlos Beltran’s single to center.
Facing former Sox lefty Chris Capuano, starting for the Yankees, the Sox got two runs in the third when Brock Holt tripled, extending his team lead to five triples, Dustin Pedroia hit a ground-rule double to center, and David Ortiz singled.
The Sox added another run in the fourth when Will Middlebrooks, playing in his first major league game since May 16, led off with a double, scoring on David Ross’ single.
Ross would leave after hobbling to first base on an infield grounder to Ned the sixth, with a recurrence of the plantar fascia that has bothered him recently.
The Sox got another run in the seventh when Mookie Betts led off with a single to right, taking second on Holt’s sacrifice bunt, ending Capuano’s outing. Sean Kelly entered, giving up a single to Pedroia, with Betts scoring to give the Sox a two-run lead.
But Derek Jeter greeted Junichi Tazawa in eighth with a first-pitch home run. It was Jeter’s third home run of the season, and 14th career home run at Fenway, his second-most at a visiting park, behind 15 at Camden Yards.
Koji Uehara pitched a scoreless ninth for his 22nd save in 24 chances this season.
MVP: Anthony Ranaudo
Making his major league debut against his boyhood favorite team, Ranaudo, from Freehold, NJ, went six innings, giving up two runs on four hits and four walks with two strikeouts to earn his first major league win.
Ranuado, listed at 6-feet-7, had his fastball at about 92-93, touching 94 a few times. His first big league strikeout was against future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter – Ranaudo’s favorite player as a kid.
He is the first Sox pitcher to throw at least six innings while allowing two or fewer runs in a major league debut since Justin Masterson on April 24, 2008. He became the first Sox starting pitcher to win his major league debut since Felix Doubront on June 18, 2010. He is the first Sox starting pitcher to win his major league debut against the Yankees since Vaughn Eshelman on May 2, 1995, and the first to do so at Fenway since Mike Garman on Sept. 22, 1969.
GOAT: Chris Capuano.
Capuano went 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with no walks and five strikeouts.
Right after Jeter’s home run to lead off the eighth cut the Yankees deficit to one run, Jacoby Ellsbury’s bid for extra bases was robbed by Mookie Betts, who sprinted back and to his left to make a leaping, tumbling catch on the warning track in front of the garage door in center field.
QUOTE OF THE GAME:
"Different probably because we got a third of a new team." – Manager John Farrell, if there was a different mood in the clubhouse today after all the trades on Thursday.
NUMBERS TO KNOW:
Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, extending his team lead with his 29th double. It was his first multi-RBI game since June 29, when he recorded three at Yankee Stadium. He has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 12-for-30, batting .400, with three doubles and three RBI. He has five multi-hit games in that span…Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to six games, in which he is batting .348, going 8-for-23. He has hit safely in nine of 12 games since the All-Star break, batting .311, going 14-for-45, with three doubles, two home runs, and four RBI…Brock Holt extended his team lead with his fifth triple of the season, with one out in the third, eventually scoring the first run of the game…David Ortiz went 1-for-4 with an RBI and has driving in 14 of the Sox’ 36 runs, or 39 percent, over the last 11 games. He now has a team-leading 78 RBI for the season. Next on the team is Pedroia with 40…Allen Craig made his Sox debut, going 1-for-4 with a third-inning double. He came out in the ninth inning. While it appeared that he hit first base awkwardly, attempting to beat out an double play in the eighth, manager John Farrell said Craig was removed for defensive purposes…David Ross left the game after a groundout to end the sixth, hobbling down the first base line. The Sox announced it was a recurrence of the plantar fasciitis that has been bothering him. He will be further evaluated on Saturday.
WHAT IT MEANS:
The Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with just their second win in their last 10 games. They improved to 19-30 against the AL East. The Sox have played an AL-leading 41 one-run games, in which they are 21-20. They are 38-0 when leading after eight innings, they only major league club that has not lost when ahead entering the ninth.
The Sox and Yankees play the middle game of their three-game set on Saturday at 4:05 p.m.. Righthander Allen Webster (1-0, 3.38) is scheduled to start, opposed by righthander Shane Greene (2-1, 3.28).
This will be Webster’s first career start against the Yankees. He faced them in relief once, allowing one run in one inning on Sept. 15, 2013. In four career appearances, three starts, against American League East teams, he has posted an ERA of 4.11, allowing seven earned runs over 15 1/3 innings. In his first major league appearance of the season, he went 5 1/3 innings on Sunday at Tampa Bay, earning the win, as he allowed two runs on three hits and five walks with four strikeouts.
Greene will be making his fifth major league start, and sixth appearance. He took a no-decision in his last outing, a Yankees loss to the Blue Jays on Sunday, when he went 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts.
He made his major league debut on April 24 at Fenway, a 14-5 Yankees win, when he gave up three runs with no earned runs on three walks and a strikeout in one-third of an inning in relief. Righthanders are batting just .167 against him with no extra-base hits.