LONDON – It’s hard to lose a baseball game when you score 13 runs.
The Red Sox showed London and the world that they were ready to accomplish that dubious feat.
The Sox opened their two-game series in England with the Yankees by losing 17-13 Saturday night at London Stadium. They trailed by as much as 11.
The game took four hours and 42 minutes to play.
Pitching was a problem immediately and was a problem all night long for Boston. Starter Rick Porcello recorded just one out. He was rocked for six runs on five hits before being pulled from the game.
Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka wasn’t much better. He gave up six runs and managed to notch just two outs before he was removed.
It was the first time both the Red Sox and the Yankees have scored six runs in the first inning against each other.
Notable 1st inning notes from Yankees-Red Sox game in London:— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 29, 2019
FROM ELIAS: @Yankees and @RedSox have each scored 6 runs in the 1st inning for the first time in series history.
First game since June 23, 1989, where opposing teams each scored 6+ in the 1st inning. pic.twitter.com/uoWMefFQi5
But the Red Sox bullpen reared its ugly head again. Steven Wright gave up a two-run homer to Brett Gardner in the third before Mike Shawaryn was tagged for eight runs in 1 1/3 innings of work.
The Yankees had four home runs, two from Aaron Judge. New York tallied 19 hits on the night.
The Red Sox had 18 hits, including two three-run home runs from Michael Chavis. Jackie Bradley Jr. went 4-for-5 with a homer.
The two teams will meet again in London on Sunday at 10:10 am eastern before returning to North America. The Red Sox will send Eduardo Rodriguez (8-4, 4.87 ERA) to the mound. The Yankees will counter with a bullpen game.