The Boston Red Sox renewed their rivalry in the start of the opening series against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium on Friday Night.
The Sox ended up winning 3-2 in a game that can be described as a nailbiter.
Boston has been losing five out of the last six games including the last two against the Guardians.
Meanwhile, the Yankees split the doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
Garret Whitlock got the nod on the mound for the Boston Red Sox pitching 6 1/3 innings, allowing seven hits, struck out six, a walk and 2 runs. He was promptly taken out for Nick Pivetta after a wild pitch allowed Kiner-Falefa to score from third and walked Gleyber Torres who was a pinch hitter.
Gerrit Cole got the start for the Yanks going six innings, allowing seven hits, two earned runs, walked one and struck out six and was registered with the loss.
Adam Duvall made a return off the injured list for the Red Sox
Adam Duvall started in center field for the first time since April when he broke his wrist. He lit up the ball park in his eight games before landing on the injured list.
While he was activated off the injured list, Chris Sale was moved from the 15-day Injured list to the 60-day injured list. Elsewhere on the 40-man roster, the Sox moved Joe Jacques to the 40-man roster from Worcester, designated starter Matt Dermody for assignment and sent down Emmanuel Valdez to Worcester.
Duvall was struck out three times and walked, so give it a little more time for him to regain his confidence at the plate.
Kenley Jansen survives a chaotic 9th inning to get the save for the Red Sox
Jansen came out to close the game in the 9th inning with the Boston Red Sox up by one and was able to strike out Jake Bauers and got Kiner-Falefa to fly out to Alex Verdugo.
But the Yankees were attempting a rally with two outs in the 9th by getting two hits from Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres.
Then rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe was inches left from the foul pole with if it went just a little right would’ve been a walk off for the Yankees, and another disaster for Jansen who has had a couple instances of trouble recently. Thankfully for the Sox, Volpe popped out to Kike Hernandez, someone who I’ve been impressed recently in his performance on defense to end the game and Jansen was able to survive the two-out rally.
Red Sox player of the Game: Rafael Devers has Cole’s number
Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 in this game with a ground-rule double and a solo homer. He was the first two runs of the game when he scored off the bat of Tristan Casas, and then the homer came in the 6th.
The homer was the 7th homer that Devers has hit off Gerrit Cole, which is the most out of all American League batters off the ace.
Tanner Houck will be getting the nod against German when the Boston Red Sox play the middle part of the series on Saturday night on FOX for a 7:10 pm first pitch.