BOSTON – 86 pitches.
That was all Rick Porcello needed to dominate the Yankees Friday night in a 4-1 victory for the Red Sox.
The sinkerballer tossed one of the best games of his career, a complete game, one-hit gem. He struck out nine. The lone blemish was a solo home run by Miguel Andujar in the third inning.
Steve Pearce homered for the fourth time in two games, smashing a two-run homer in the first. Eduardo Nunez singled in Ian Kinsler as part of a three-run opening frame for the Sox.
A livid Alex Cora was ejected in the first inning after Mookie Betts was brushed back by a Luis Severino fastball. Warnings were issued to both teams.
Betts appeared at second base for the first time in four years after Kinsler departed the game with left hamstring tightness. Betts spent most of his minor league career as a second baseman before moving to the outfield in Double-A Portland in the summer of 2014.
With the win, the Red Sox moved 7.5 games ahead of the Yankees in the American League East.
The two teams meet again Saturday in the third game of their weekend series. Nate Eovaldi will make his second appearance in a Red Sox uniform. The Yankees plan to call-up minor league righty Chance Adams for his major league debut.