When New York Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton struck out on three pitches against Boston Red Sox pitcher Chris Sale in the first inning of Tuesday night's game, it seemed that he would remain mired in the slump that had preceded him into Fenway.
How locked in have the Sox been?
They fell to 4-5 - manager Aaron Boone's first losing record - and have lost four of their last five games. He had started the game with J.D. Martinez in left field, but with the one-run lead and with closer Craig Kimbrel on for the top of the ninth, the smart baseball move would have been to remove Martinez from the game, insert Jackie Bradley Jr.in to center field for his exceptional defense, while sliding Andrew Benintendi over to left from center.
It was the only one Sale gave up. Kelly and Austin were ejected from the game, along with Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.
Stanton added to his alarming strikeout total (he's now whiffed in 22 of his first 46 at-bats this season) with two against Sale, but also recorded a base hit off the hard-throwing lefty.
The Yankees are just 1-4 in their last five meetings with the Red Sox in Boston. Miami was led by Justin Bour, who hit a pair of two-run homers, both to the opposite field.
The Red Sox exploded for nine runs in a sixth inning that included a Mookie Betts grand slam off reliever Chasen Shreve and an ugly error by third baseman Miguel Andujar.
The Yankees' valuation was pinned at $4 billion, a billion more than the second-ranked Los Angeles Dodgers. However, he's fanned 15 in those two starts, and he's been off to a strong start.
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"Saw the ball better, was on time", Stanton said about his timing at the plate, to which manager Aaron Boone has pointed as a major factor in his funk.
"I thought he looked, timing-wise, much better", Boone said.
Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA) is 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA, giving up 17 earned runs and 41 hits in seven career games at Fenway Park.
Don't expect the Yankees to get blown out by 13 again, but the Red Sox are off to the hottest start in baseball.
The Red Sox improved to 9-1 for the first time in franchise history.
He said the run support helped him settle in.
Tempers had initially flared during the third inning after Austin, New York's designated hitter, clipped Holt on a slide into second base as the shortstop gathered a throw from third baseman Rafael Devers.