Yankees - 100 000 110 - 3 9 1 Red Sox - 001 100 000 - 2 8 0Alex Rodriguez's 660th career home run - an eighth-inning, pinch-hit line drive on a 3-0 offering from Junichi Tazawa - landed in the Monster Seats and snapped a 2-2 tie. The homer tied A-Rod for fourth place on the all-time HR list, with Willie Mays. (Rodriguez is due a $6 million bonus from the Yankees for the Mays-tying blast.)
Boston tried to come back in the bottom of the inning, but came up short against Dellin Betances. Mike Napoli worked a one-out walk and Pablo Sandoval singled to left - the first hit by an opposing batter in the last 27 at-bats against Betances. Brock Holt pinch-hit for Allen Craig and struck out swinging. Xander Bogaerts also struck out swinging.
The Yankees took a quick lead in the first. Jacoby Ellsbury singled, went to second when Mark Teixeira walked, and scored on Carlos Beltran's double. Boston tied the game in the third when Bogaerts led off with a double and scored on Mookie Betts's fly ball to center.
Craig gave the Red Sox a lead when he hit his first home run of the season. That came wqith two outs in the fourth. Bogaerts then walked and Ryan Hanigan doubled to left, the hit being ruled a ground-rule double because of fan interference. Bogaerts stopped at third, and that's where he stayed as Betts made the final out.
Justin Masterson (6-6-2-3-2, 87) pitched well, but also worked a Houdini routine in several innings. New York left men on second and third in the first and fourth innings, and they left the bases loaded in the fifth. In each case, Masterson got an easy ground ball for the inning's third out.
Masterson walked the leadoff man in the seventh and reliever Tommy Layne, after getting two outs, allowed that runner to score. He hit Teixeira with a pitch (which also drove Hanigan from the game) and Brian McCann lined an RBI-single to left.
Rodriguez put New York ahead in the eighth and Boston could not come back. They faced old friend Andrew Miller in the ninth and went down in order. Sandy Leon fouled to first, Betts struck out, and Dustin Pedroia lined to third.
Pedroia singled and walked twice. ... Bogaerts and Napoli both doubled and walked. ... Sandoval had two singles.