New-look Sox top Yanks 4-3 as Ranaudo wins debut

New-look Sox top Yanks 4-3 as Ranaudo wins debut
August 1, 2014, 10:30 pm
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BOSTON - Life after the 2014 MLB trade deadline began in the win column for the Red Sox.

Anthony Ranaudo, who made his major league debut for the Red Sox in place of John Lackey who was traded to St. Louis a day before, earned the win - against the team he grew up cheering for.

The Red Sox squeaked past the Yankees 4-3 on Friday night at Fenway Park in the opening game of a three-game set.

Dustin Pedroia went 2-for-4 with a double, 2 RBI, and a run. In fact, it was Pedroia's double that put the first run on the board for the Sox in the third inning, as Brock Holt, who had tripled to right field the at-bat before, came in to score. David Ortiz would then single Pedroia in for the Sox 2-0 lead.

A Carlos Beltran solo shot the next inning would cut the Sox lead in half as Ranaudo gave up his first career run.

After David Ross singled in Will Middlebrooks from second base in the bottom of the fourth, it was Beltran again who answered for the Yankees, singling in Jacoby Ellsbury who had previously walked, stole second, and moved to third base on a Mark Teixeira ground out. That made it 3-2 Red Sox.

But that would be the only damage done on Ranaudo for the night, who went six innings, allowing two earned runs, four hits, four walks and two strikeouts - including one of Derek Jeter, looking - while throwing 91 pitches, 53 for strikes.

Ranaudo, who hails from New Jersey, had a little issue with command in his debut, but that is to be expected. After walking the very first batter of his MLB career, Jeter stepped to the plate. But Ranaudo reeled it in, getting Jeter to ground to second base. Later in the game, he'd strike Jeter out on three pitches, the last one looking.

A Pedroia RBI single in the seventh proved to be a big one as Jeter led off the eighth inning with a solo shot over the Green Monster off Junichi Tazawa. Tazawa was then hit hard by Ellsbury to dead center, but Mookie Betts made a leaping over-the-shoulder grab to rob Ellsbury of extra bases, and with his speed, perhaps an inside-the-park home run.

Koji Uehara came on in the ninth inning and retired the Yankees in order for his 22nd save.

Every member of the Red Sox starting lineup reached base, with Mike Napoli drawing the lone walk of the night for the Sox in the top of the ninth.

Ross left the game in the top of the seventh due to plantar fasciitis in his right foot.