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Red Sox defeat Yankees 5-4 to take ALDS Game 1

Here's an inning-by-inning recap.

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Red Sox second baseman Ian Kinsler forces Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner out at second base during Game 1 the ALDS. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

The Red Sox and Yankees clashed in their first postseason series in 14 years. Thanks to an early home run from J.D. Martinez and a strong start by Chris Sale, Boston was able to hold on for a 5-4 Game 1 win.

Here’s a recap of how it happened:

9th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4

Top of the 9th: With Craig Kimbrel back on the mound for the Red Sox, Aaron Judge hit a leadoff home run for New York to cut the Yankees’ deficit to one run. Kimbrel rebounded by striking out Brett Gardner and Giancarlo Stanton. And to close out a Game 1 victory, Kimbrel also got Luke Voit to strike out.

8th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3

Bottom of the 8th: David Robertson entered the game to pitch for New York, striking out Eduardo Nunez and Ian Kinsler before getting Sandy Leon to pop out to left field.


Top of the 8th: Rick Porcello, slated to be Boston’s Game 3 starter on Monday, entered to pitch for the Red Sox. He was able to get Miguel Andujar to ground out before Gary Sanchez lined out to third. With two outs, Gleyber Torres reached on a slow hit ball down the third base line. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, taking no chances, responded by summoning closer Craig Kimbrel from the bullpen. Kimbrel took Andrew McCutchen to a full count before getting him to fly out to right field.

7th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 3

Bottom of the 7th: The Yankees brought in reliever Zach Britton, and he proceeded to get Andrew Benintendi to ground out before striking out Steve Pearce on three pitches. J.D. Martinez singled to right field, but Britton got Xander Bogaerts to ground out to end the inning.

Top of the 7th: Andrew McCutchen and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning against Brandon Workman. Matt Barnes was brought in to replace Workman for Boston. A walk to Brett Gardner loaded the bases with Giancarlo Stanton coming up. Barnes was able to strike out Stanton on a breaking ball, but Luke Voit drove in another Yankee run on a fielder’s choice. With runners on the corners, Barnes induced an inning-ending groundout from Didi Gregorius.

6th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 2

Bottom of the 6th: Lance Lynn continued on the mound for New York, retiring Ian Kinsler and Sandy Leon before Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a four-pitch walk. But Lynn responded, catching Mookie Betts looking for an inning-ending strikeout.


Top of the 6th: Aaron Judge hit a line drive single to lead off the inning, followed by Brett Gardner’s fielder’s choice groundout. Giancarlo Stanton singled to left field, triggering Chris Sale’s exit from the game. Boston reliever Ryan Brasier entered, immediately surrendering an RBI single to Luke Voit. With the score 5-1, Didi Gregorius’ fielder’s choice brought home another run for New York.

Miguel Andujar walked, and Red Sox manager Alex Cora decided to bring in another reliever, Brandon Workman. The right-handed reliever promptly walked Gary Sanchez, but struck out Gleyber Torres on a bases-loaded, full count curveball to end the threat.

5th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 5th: Lance Lynn entered the game to pitch for New York, retiring Steve Pearce on a ground ball to third base. J.D. Martinez lined out to first base before Xander Bogaerts reached on an infield single. Eduardo Nunez grounded out to end the inning.

Top of the 5th: Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres both grounded out, and Andrew McCutchen popped out to right field as Chris Sale retired the side in order.

4th inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 4th: With Chad Green still pitching for the Yankees, Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff single to right field. Sandy Leon put down a sacrifice bunt to move Kinsler over to second. After Mookie Betts was intentionally walked with two outs, Andrew Benintendi grounded out to end the inning.


Top of the 4th: After a lengthy leadoff at-bat, Aaron Hicks singled to right field for the Yankees. However, Hicks was pulled from the game due to an injury while at first base. He was replaced by Brett Gardner. Chris Sale then struck out Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit. Didi Grigorius hit an infield single before Sale struck out Miguel Andujar to end the threat.

3rd inning: Red Sox 5, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 3rd: Mookie Betts led off with a double to deep left-center field. Andrew Benintendi bunted down the first base line for a base hit, advancing Betts to third. With that, Yankees manager Aaron Boone removed starter J.A. Happ from the game, going to his bullpen early. Reliever Chad Green entered the game with no outs and two on. Steve Pearce immediately singled to left field, and Betts scored to make it 4-0 Red Sox. Xander Bogaerts’ sacrifice fly added to Boston’s lead before Green was finally able to end the inning for New York.

Top of the 3rd: Chris Sale struck out Gary Sánchez before walking Gleyber Torres. Mookie Betts made an impressive running catch on Andrew McCutchen’s shot to right field, nearly doubling up Torres with a quick throw back to first base. Aaron Judge grounded into a fielder’s choice to retire the side.

2nd inning: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 2nd: Yankees starter J.A. Happ retired the side in order.

Top of the 2nd: After a surrendering a leadoff single, Chris Sale struck out Didi Gregorius before inducing an inning-ending double play.

1st inning: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 1st: With one out, Andrew Benintendi reached on an opposite field single, immediately stealing second base to move into scoring position. Steve Pearce promptly drew a walk before J.D. Martinez hit a line-drive home run into the Green Monster seats to give the Red Sox a 3-0 lead.


Top of the 1st: Chris Sale struck out the side, stranding a two-out walk to Aaron Hicks.

Pregame sights and sounds

Here are the Game 1 lineups:

Details about tonight’s game:

■  Red Sox lefthander Chris Sale (12-4, 2.11) and Yankees lefthander J.A. Happ (17-6, 3.65) are the Game 1 starting pitchers. Here are the lineups and notes, including each pitcher’s history against the opposing hitters, what to watch for, and other nuggets.

■  The Sox announced their 25-man roster this morning. It is:

Pitchers (11): RHP Matt Barnes, RHP Ryan Brasier, RHP Nathan Eovaldi, RHP Joe Kelly, RHP Craig Kimbrel, RHP Rick Porcello, LHP David Price, LHP Eduardo Rodriguez, LHP Chris Sale, RHP Brandon Workman, RHP Steven Wright.

Catchers (3): Sandy Leon, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez.

Infielders (7): SS Xander Bogaerts, 3B Rafael Devers, UTIL Brock Holt, 2B Ian Kinsler, 1B Mitch Moreland, 3B-2B Eduardo Nunez, 1B Steve Pearce.

Outfielders (4): LF Andrew Benintendi, RF-CF Mookie Betts, CF Jackie Bradley Jr., RF-LF-DH J.D. Martinez.

Peter Abraham has more on how things shook out.

■  The differences between the two offensive juggernauts also seem razor-thin. Nick Cafardo looked at how the Red Sox and Yankees match up, position by position.

■  No one knows how hard Sale will throw tonight. Given that uncertainty, it’s worth asking: What kind of velocity does he need to dominate? Alex Speier examined what the numbers say.

■  Peter Abraham: It’s easy to focus on Betts, Martinez, and Sale as the playoffs get started. The Sox won 108 games because they were a team loaded with stars. But postseason series are so often is decided by the players we overlook. With that in mind, here some Red Sox players who could have a bigger impact on the postseason that you might expect.


■  Still have lingering questions about this series? Chad Finn answers them all in this Q&A.

■  Check out more of our Red Sox-Yankees coverage here.