New York Yankees blast Red Sox, 10-7, amid hard-slugging brawl

Red Sox pitcher David Price

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One of the longest-running, bitterest rivalries in American sport, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox indulged a full-on bench-clearing brawl in Fenway Park last night.

Tyler Austin's RBI single made it a 5-1 game in the third, but that was less impactful than his slide into second base on a force play later in the inning. But if they do, you wear it and take your base. Austin rushed the mound after being struck by a pitch from Kelly. Kelly repeatedly punched Austin, leaving the latter with a swollen lip.

NY jumped on Boston's bullpen, adding four more runs over next three innings. Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames shoved Austin across the infield toward the Yankees' dugout.

Once the tensions eased, Kelly and Austin were ejected, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. It was the second brawl of the game.

Boston dished out most of the punishment on the scoreboard in Tuesday's series opener and was on the receiving end 24 hours later.

Thurman Munson collided with catcher Carlton Fisk in 1973 after Gene Michael missed a bunt attempt. Holt said he doesn't believe the Yankees will throw at him, hinting that if it does happen, NY will probably seek out one of Boston's middle-of-the-order bats. There was the Pedro Martinez-Don Zimmer fracas. The numbers would only get better for Sanchez of Price after slugging a ball over the Green Monster to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead in the first. This time, he allowed just one run off three hits and six strikeouts in a 5-1 victory. J.D. Martinez, Hanley Ramirez and Mitch Moreland have all homered off Gray in their careers.

Sanchez drove in four runs and Stanton had three hits and three RBIs. Stanton's RBI single up the middle and another sacrifice fly by Gregorius, this one to center, restored a four-run lead.

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