The Yankees ruined the Red Sox Fenway Park 100th birthday celebrations with the long ball. The Yankees belted five homers off of Boston starter Clay Buchholz during the game. One of the home runs was historic in its own right. Alex Rodriguez's solo shot in the 5th inning was the 631st of his career which put him past Ken Griffey Jr. for 5th place on the all-time list. Rodriguez also got the scoring started for New York with an RBI single in the first inning.
Nick Swisher homered in the second inning and Eric Chavez hit one out of the park in the 2nd and 4th innings. After the A-Rod homer, Russell Martin hit his home run in the 6th inning. Derek Jeter didn't hit a homer but passed Dave Winfield for 18th on the all-time hits list (3,111) with a single in the second inning.
Ivan Nova picked up the win for New York after going six innings. He struck out five and gave up seven hits (one home run) and two earned runs. Buchholz took the loss for Boston after giving up six runs (five earned) and the five homers on nine hits in six innings of work. After Cory Wade and David Robertson each threw a scoreless inning, Cody Epperly took the mound in the 9th for New York. After giving up a hit to the leadoff hitter in the inning, he was pulled for Mariano Rivera. Rivera had two strikeouts and quickly closed the door on the Red Sox to give the Yankees the win in the first game of the series.
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