BOSTON — Yankees right-hander Domingo German had been on a roll, but the Red Sox put a forceful end to his recent run of success on Friday night.
German, who owned a 2.20 ERA over his previous seven starts, logged his shortest outing of the season, a two-inning implosion that saw him charged with seven earned runs. Trouble began during German’s 32-pitch first inning when, with a 1-0 lead, he surrendered a two-run double to Masataka Yoshida. The drive just missed clearing the Green Monster.
Justin Turner, meanwhile, had the distance when he hit a two-run homer over Fenway Park’s tall wall in the second, the biggest blast in a game that saw the last-place Red Sox beat their third-place American League East rivals, 15-5.
“Definitely not the start I was looking for, for sure,” German said. “You gotta give them credit. They had a good plan of attack tonight. I tried to battle throughout the night and stay as long as I could until [Aaron Boone] took the ball away from me.
“They were better tonight.”
While German thought the Red Sox put strong swings on some good pitches, Boone felt the pitcher’s command and curveball were off. German issued two walks in just as many innings.
“Just overall, not his best,” Boone said. But he and the last-place Red Sox were hardly done, as they handily beat their third-place American League East rivals, 15-5.
Turner added a grand slam in the third inning following a few defensive mishaps from the Yankees. This time, he went deep off Matt Krook, who made his long-awaited major league debut on Friday. Krook had spent 12 total days on the Yankees’ active roster before seeing action, but the 28-year-old rookie left his first MLB game with a 27.00 ERA after permitting five earned runs over 1.2 innings.
While Krook wasn’t pleased with the results, he did take a moment to relish his debut after spending parts of seven seasons in the minors.
“I’m just super grateful for the opportunity,” said the lefty, who pitched in front of his wife. “Worked a long time to get here. So it means a lot.”
Turner ended the night with a game-high six RBI, while Yoshida totaled three to go along with four hits. Triston Casas, Connor Wong and Pablo Reyes combined for four more RBI.
The Yankees, meanwhile, mustered their first run on an Anthony Rizzo groundout in the opening frame. Rizzo then drove in two more with an RBI double in the sixth. Billy McKinney added an RBI single in the sixth as well.
Josh Donaldson then hit a solo homer over the Monster and out of Fenway in the eighth inning, but the Yankees were in too big of a hole at that point. That pit deepened in the eighth, when super utilityman Isiah Kiner-Falefa gave up an additional run in his second mop-up appearance of the season.
Tanner Houck kept the Yankees at bay for the second start in a row, but his night ended prematurely after a Kyle Higashioka line drive struck the Red Sox righty in the face in the fifth inning. Houck, who walked off the field under his own power but with a towel over his face, allowed one run over four innings.
The Red Sox said that Houck exited with a facial contusion, but they didn’t provide specifics during the blowout game.
While Yankees pitchers were ineffective Friday, a handful of ugly defensive plays also contributed to lopsided score. The Yankees were only charged with two errors, but that number could have doubled had it not been for generous rulings by official scorers.
“We didn’t play well tonight,” Boone said of the Yankees’ sloppiness, though he was happy to get some runs on the board. “We just did not play a very clean game.”
Added Donaldson, who botched a ball prior to Turner’s grand slam: “It wasn’t the brand of baseball that we’re used to playing. A little sloppy defensively, or a lot sloppy defensively today. It’s not in our DNA to do that. It happens sometimes. We’ll look to rebound and play better tomorrow.”
With a new Boston Massacre in the history books, Clarke Schmidt is scheduled to face Brayan Bello on Saturday. However, Boone didn’t sound optimistic about the rainy forecast prior to Friday’s game, and he expected a Sunday doubleheader if Saturday’s game were to be rained out.
Luis Severino and James Paxton are Sunday’s probable pitchers.