By KEN POWTAK Associated Press
BOSTON (AP) _ David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift the Boston Red Sox to a 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. It was their ninth win in 13 games.
Didi Gregorius had four singles for New York, which had scored 20 runs on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep over Atlanta. He flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth.
The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto, which lost 4-2 to Cleveland on Monday.
Ortiz lined a shot into the first row of Green Monster seats off Ivan Nova (5-7). It landed about 10-15 feet to the right of three new changeable white numbers on signs with red trim that were affixed to the stanchion of a light tower, signifying his countdown to 500.
In his next at-bat, Ortiz had the crowd on its feet again when he lined a 3-0 fastball halfway up the wall in left for a double.
Eduardo Rodriguez (8-5) labored through five innings, allowing two runs _ one earned _ and seven hits. Jean Machi escaped the bases-loaded jam for his fourth save.
Betts’ homer made it 2-1.
New York loaded the bases three times in the first five innings against Rodriguez, who escaped with Bradley’s help in the fourth and struck out Greg Bird to end the fifth.
Bradley nailed Bird at the plate with a one-hop throw from left field after Gregorius’ RBI single.
Ryan Hanigan and third baseman Pablo Sandoval opened the game with consecutive errors _ Hanigan’s on catcher’s interference _ before Carlos Beltran’s sacrifice fly made it 1-0.
Yankees: 1B Mark Teixeira was sent back to New York to have his bruised right shin re-examined. “We’re going to run some tests,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I think they’ll do some type of imaging to take a look at it.”
Red Sox: LF Hanley Ramirez was sidelined for the fourth straight game with a sore right shoulder, but did take grounders again at first as he attempts a position shift. . Manager Torey Luvollo said 2B Dustin Pedroia (strained right hamstring) could return around Sept. 10.
Yankees: RHP Michael Pineda (9-8) is scheduled to make his second start Tuesday since returning from a stint on the DL with a strained right forearm.
Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (6-11) looks for another solid outing in his second start since a stretch on the DL with a strained right triceps. He threw seven shutout innings Wednesday at the White Sox.
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