Bronx, NY (Sports Network) – Ryan Kalish and David Ortiz each homered and Clay Buchholz pitched effectively into the eighth inning to lead Boston over rival New York, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
Buchholz (12-5) shook off a two-run homer by Mark Teixeira in the first inning and ended up scattering nine hits over his 7 1/3-inning start, walking none and striking out four while giving up three runs.
Daniel Bard recorded the final two outs of the eighth, and Jonathan Papelbon closed it out in the ninth to get Boston’s 10-game road trip started on the right foot.
The Red Sox entered the set coming off a four-game split against the lowly Cleveland Indians and trailed the front-running Yankees by six games.
They were able to inch closer by knocking around Javier Vazquez (9-8), who surrendered six runs — three earned — on six hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss, New York’s fourth in five games.
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