Devers homers off Cole again as Boston tops Yankees

Garrett Whitlock got his second win since replacing Corey Kluber in the Red Sox rotation, Rafael Devers and Kiké Hernández homered, and Boston beat the New York Yankees 3-1 on Friday in the first game this year of a rivalry. reduced to 13 games by the new balanced schedule.

Gerrit Cole (7-1) lost for the first time this season after going unbeaten in his first 13 starts.

Whitlock (3-2) allowed two runs, one earned, on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings while striking out six and walking one. The right-hander, who turns 27 on Sunday, was added to the rotation in late May after two-time Cy Young Award winner Kluber started with a 2-6 record with a 6.26 ERA in his first nine outings.

Whitlock was an 18th-round pick by the Yankees in the 2017 amateur draft and was taken by Boston in the December 2020 winter meeting draft of unprotected players.

Kenley Jansen gave up two-out singles to Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres in the ninth before retiring Anthony Volpe for his 14th save in 17 chances, a pitch after the collapsing rookie hit a ball just off the post. left Garden. Volpe, who whipped his bat after the out, is on a 10-for-67 streak,

After losing eight of its previous 11, Boston (32-32) returned to .500 in an AL East in which none of the five teams have a losing record.

A crowd of 46,007 packed Yankee Stadium in the stadium’s sixth sellout inning this season. There were 18-19 annual Yankees-Red Sox games under the lopsided schedule in use from 2001-22 and New York went 13-6 against Boston last year, including 8-2 in the Bronx.

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“We actually like it, not playing these guys 19 times or Toronto or Tampa,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said before the game.

Cole allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings.

Boston went ahead on Triston Casas’ RBI single in the fourth. Then the Red Sox brought out the inflatable dumbbells they use for post-home run dumbbell celebrations.

Devers doubled the lead in the sixth with his seventh career home run off Cole, driving a 405-foot changeup to the opposite field and into the Boston bullpen in left-center. Devers hit his 14th home run, but his first since a pair in San Diego on May 19.

Josh Donaldson cut the deficit in the bottom half with a 448-foot home run into net over Monument Park. Donaldson has six hits this season, five of them home runs.

Hernández regained a two-run lead in the seventh with a home run off Albert Abreu.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled in the seventh, stole second and continued to third when Connor Wong’s throw bounced off center on an error and came home on a wild pitch.

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