BOSTON — Alex Rodriguez hit his 17th home run in the first inning, Michael Pineda had another impressive start and the New York Yankees took advantage of Clay Buchholz’s early exit and Boston’s shoddy defense to beat the Red Sox 5-1 on Friday night.
Buchholz (7-7), who had won his previous four starts to spur Boston’s recent turnaround, left with elbow tightness with one out in the third. The Yankees scored three unearned runs after his departure thanks to infield errors by Mike Napoli and Brock Holt as Boston’s five-game winning streak was snapped.
Rodriguez had two hits and drew a bases-loaded walk in a three-run fourth to raise his average to .279.
Pineda (9-5) gave up only Mookie Betts’ solo home run over 6 2-3 innings in his second start at Fenway Park since he was ejected early last year for having pine tar on his neck.