Red Sox 6 but Rick Porcello Only Pitched Through It

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When Red Sox pitcher Joe Kelly beamed Austin later in the game, Austin threw the bat down and charged the mound. Each player appealed their punishments, and they are eligible to play while their appeals are considered. Austin slid hard and arguably a little late, and while he didn't stray from the base-path, he did go in "spikes up" and part of his cleat caught the leg of Sox second baseman Brock Holt. Joe Kelly then retaliated by drilling Austin (after missing him the first time).

The benches cleared twice at Fenway Park on Wednesday night as the storied Yankees-Red Sox rivalry got red hot on a cold, raw April-night in Boston.

The incident occurred in the seventh inning of the Yankees' 10-7 victory midweek. The Yankees had younger players who didn't really feel the rivalry and the Red Sox roster had turned over.

Later in the game, the Red Sox announced Ramirez suffered a wrist contusion, and that the X-rays were negative.

"I didn't know what to expect", Boone said of the retaliation. His 15 hits entering Thursday trailed only Mookie Betts, and Ramirez had driven in at least one run in six of his last seven games. Kelly waved Austin at him, and things quickly escalated.

Afterward, the teams were split on the initial cause of the brawl, with the Yankees dismissing Austin's slide into third as a baseball play.

Tyler Austin reacts as he is ejected from the game. Say what you want about the slide which led to Austin getting drilled but Kelly started the fighting by throwing a 98 miles per hour fastball high and tight. Whether or not he meant to throw at Yankees reserve Karim Garcia during the playoffs, Martinez sailed a pitch over the outfielder's head that triggered one of the most outrageous moments in recent baseball history. He only gave up the two hits while striking out six.

The Red Sox were forced to burn closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth after reliever Marcus Walden walked two and allowed three runs in what was supposed to be mop-up duty protecting a 6-0 lead. Among current Yankees, Brett Gardner has had the most success in his career against Porcello, going 14-46 with two homers and a.304 average.

Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (0-0, 4.82 ERA) makes his third start of the season as NY opens a three-game series Friday night at Detroit against Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (1-0, 0.00 ERA). He is 1-4 with a 4.93 ERA in six starts against Boston. He made three starts against the Red Sox in 2017 and compiled a 1-2 record against them with a 4.50 ERA and 17 strikeouts.

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