BOSTON – Didi Gregorius lined a go-ahead single in the 16th inning as the New York Yankees outlasted the Boston Red Sox 4-1 Saturday in the longest game between the rivals at Fenway Park since 1966.
Matt Holliday hit a tying home run off Boston closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth that cleared the Green Monster, and it took 5 hours, 50 minutes and 512 pitches to finish. That is, if it's really over – the Red Sox put the game under protest after a bizarre play on the bases involving Holliday in the 11th.
Both teams burned through their bullpens, and the relievers won't get much rest. The Yankees and the AL East-leading Red Sox are set for a day-night doubleheader today.
Boston starter Chris Sale struck out 13 in 72/3 scoreless innings of three-hit ball. He leads the majors with 191 strikeouts.
Yankees starter Luis Severino gave up one run and four hits in seven innings. He gave up Mitch Moreland's sacrifice fly in the third.
Ben Heller (1-0) went two innings. Seven Yankees relievers combined to blank Boston on four hits for nine innings.
Doug Fister (0-3) gave up three runs in the 16th. Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double, Gregorius and Austin Romine hit RBI singles and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly.
Red Sox manager John Farrell put the game under protest after an odd sequence in the 11th.
Holliday led off with a walk and Ellsbury followed with a grounder to Moreland at first. Moreland threw to second for a force, but Holliday retreated toward first and slid into the bag as shortstop Xander Bogaerts' throw arrived.
Moreland wasn't able to reach the ball, which hit Ellsbury and bounced into foul territory. Farrell argued in favor of an interference call and after a lengthy review, the umpires allowed Ellsbury to stay on first.