Mitch Moreland and Hanley Ramirez hit consecutive home runs and Andrew Benintendi added another one later to the upset Masahiro Tanaka, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.
The Red Sox visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in the campaign, and the duel between the old rivals and leaders in the Eastern League came October, mostly because of the cold, windy conditions typical of October.
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Closer Craig Kimbrel struck out five by working 1 1/3 innings to seal the win. He struck out a hitter with an uncontrolled pitch, and also retired rookie slugger Aaron Judge by striking a 99-mile-per-hour straight for the final.
Boston started the day as the penultimate in majors with just 53 home runs, but manager John Farrell said before the game that his team will soon deploy its power.
At the worst moment of his major league career, Tanaka (5-6) lost his fifth straight start. The Japanese allowed 27 runs and 11 home runs in 22 2/3 innings during that time.
For the Red Sox, the Hanley Ramirez 4-1, a run scored and a towed. The Venezuelan Pablo Sandoval of 3-0. The Puerto Rican Christian Vazquez 4-0.
For the Yankees, the Dominicans Starlin Castro of 4-1, one annotated; And Gary Sanchez 5-0.