First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 win over New York Yankees...
* David Ortiz still has a flair for the dramatic.
Matched against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances, Ortiz cracked a two-run homer into the Monster Seats to snap a 2-2 tie in the eighth inning. Ortiz now has 18 RBI in 23 games -- he didn't start in four of those games - and at 40, remains the one hitter opposing teams want to face with the game on the line.
Before the homer, Ortiz was 0-for-7 against Betances, with four strikeouts.
* All things considered, Henry Owens did OK.
Owens didn't fool anybody. He couldn't command his fastball, and when the Yankees did hit it, they hit it pretty hard. He walked three and hit another. But Owens managed to limit the damage in a big way, allowing just two hits in six innings despite 10 baserunners.
Occasionally, he would get bailed out by his changeup, which seems to be the lone pitch he has that is better than average by major league standards.
* Jackie Bradley Jr. continues to hit when it counts.
Bradley got the Red Sox offense going with a two-run, two-out double off Masahiro Tanaka, when the Sox were down to their final seven outs.
In the last week along, Bradley hit an extra-inning homer; a solo homer that represented the only run of the game; a ninth-inning triple; and Friday's big two-base hit.
That he has 10 RBI from the bottom of the order suggests he can provide some sock from that spot.
* Matt Barnes continues to make strides.
Since allowing a homer to Kevin Kiermaier on the last homestand, Barnes has allowed just one run in his last four appearances, covering 6 1/3 innings, while holding opposing hitters to a .208 batting average (5-for-24).
* The Yankees bullpen gets all the attention, but in relief of Owens, Barnes, Koji Uehara and Craig Kimbrel faced nine hitters and retired them all.