The Boston Red Sox opened their American League Division series with a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees.
The Sox built an early 5-0 lead before holding off the Yankees. J.D. Martinez put Boston ahead to stay with a three run blast off losing pitcher J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first. Happ also put two runners on to open the third before reliever Chad Green gave up an RBI single by Steve Pearce and Xander Bogaerts' sacrifice fly.
Winning pitcher Chris Sale carried a 5-0 lead into the sixth before faltering, leaving the game after allowing a pair of singles. Luke Voit singled home the Yankees' first run, one batter before Didi Gregorius poked an RBI grounder.
Voit also drove in a run with a seventh-inning grounder and Aaron Judge greeted closer Craig Kimbrel with a home run leading off the ninth. But Kimbrel closed it out by fanning Brett Gardner, Giancarlo Stanton and Voit.
The Yankees finished the game without outfielder Aaron Hicks due to a tight right hamstring.
Game 2 is Saturday at Fenway Park.