Hunter Renfroe drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning as the host Boston Red Sox rallied past the New York Yankees 5-4 in the opener of a four-game series Thursday night.
Enrique Hernandez tied the game at 3 on a two-out, two-run double in the ninth inning. He finished with three RBIs as the Red Sox won their third straight. Alex Verdugo added three hits.
Gleyber Torres had two RBIs for the Yankees, whose four-game winning streak ended. New York was held to four hits while dropping to 2-8 against Boston this season.
Matt Barnes (5-2) earned the win despite allowing the Yankees to go ahead 4-3 on a Brett Gardner sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th.
Brooks Kriske took over on the mound for New York and threw back-to-back wild pitches that allowed Rafael Devers to come around from second and knot the score.
Xander Bogaerts walked and moved to second and third on two more wild pitches by Kriske (1-1) before Renfroe drove him home.
Hernandez tied the game 1-1 in the seventh on a sacrifice fly. The Yankees scored twice in the eighth on a Giancarlo Stanton RBI single and a Torres sacrifice fly for a 3-1 lead that Chad Green couldn’t hold in the ninth.
New York led 1-0 in the fifth when the game was delayed 55 minutes by rain. Boston right-hander Tanner Houck had recorded the first two outs of the inning before having his night ended by the downpour.
Houck allowed one unearned run on two hits and two walks while punching out eight.
New York starter Jordan Montgomery stayed on and was lifted after surrendering a single with two outs in the sixth. He gave up three hits and a walk and struck out six during his scoreless effort.
The Red Sox loaded the bases on with two outs in the third inning. Bogaerts lined to short to end the threat.
Gardner and Stanton walked to begin the fourth, and after they advanced on a passed ball, Gardner scored on a Torres groundout for the game’s first run.
–Field Level Media