The Boston Red Sox stopped the red-hot New York Yankees with a 5-4 win in the MLB on Thursday.
The Yankees have been the toughest team to beat amid an eight-game winning streak over the last three weeks.
New York had won 17 of 18 games, which is the best stretch for the club since 1953, but the Red Sox recovered from surrendering a four-run lead in the seventh inning to trump the Yankees.
Boston overcame a bullpen meltdown as J.D. Martinez smacked a solo home run in the top of the eighth to retake the lead and avoid a three-game series sweep.
The Yankees were down 4-0 in the seventh, but scored four runs off Heath Hembree and Joe Kelly to tie the game.
It looked like the Yankees were going to pull off another improbable victory, but Martinez put an end to that idea.
Craig Kimbrel then closed out the game with his 10th save of the season.
FREEMAN INSPIRES BRAVES
Freddie Freeman tallied his first five-hit game, going a perfect five for five with a home run and two RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 9-2 win over the Miami Marlins.
Phillies starting pitcher Vince Velasquez struck out 12 in six innings as Philadelphia beat the San Francisco Giants 6-3.
Baltimore Orioles outfielders Trey Mancini and Adam Jones each went three for five with a double and a homer in an 11-6 victory against the Kansas City Royals.
HERNANDEZ STIFLED BY MARINERS
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Teoscar Hernandez went 0 for four with three strikeouts in a 9-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Pitchers hit home runs more often than one might think but they rarely steal bases. Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke though is one of the few who can pull it off.
Philadelphia Phillies 6-3 San Francisco Giants
Boston Red Sox 5-4 New York Yankees
Baltimore Orioles 11-6 Kansas City Royals
Seattle Mariners 9-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 9-2 Miami Marlins
Milwaukee Brewers 5-2 Colorado Rockies
Washington Nationals 2-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Angels 7-4 Minnesota Twins
St Louis Cardinals 2-1 San Diego Padres
Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
BREWERS AT ROCKIES
The Rockies and Brewers are expected to compete for playoff spots this season and Chad Bettis (4-1, 2.05 ERA) will need to be a huge part of that if Colorado hope to make a run. Chase Anderson (3-3, 3.97 ERA) was a big reason for Milwaukee's push for the postseason last season. The two face off in Colorado on Friday.
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