Vidal Nuno knew his spot in the rotation was in jeopardy and the Yankees knew they had to find a way to defeat the Red Sox. Well, Nuno pitched well enough to keep his rotation spot and the Yankees used home run power to beat the Red Sox 6-0 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead into the fourth inning, and everything changed when Kelly Johnson hit a two-run home run. One batter, Brett Gardner hit a solo home run, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Brian McCann added two more insurance runs, hitting a two-run home run into the second deck.
Vidal Nuno started the game for the Yankees, going 5.2 innings giving up no runs on two hits and striking out five. Dellin Betances came on and pitched 1.1 innings, giving up a hit and striking out two. Adam Warren pitched a scoreless eighth and Matt Thornton closed the game out, pitching a scoreless ninth.
— It’s Tanaka Time! Masahiro Tanaka is once again going for his 12th victory of the season after the Yankees offense let him down in his last outing. He’ll oppose Jon Lester for the Boston Red Sox. First pitch will be at 7:05 p.m. and the game will air on FOX.