Chris Sale struck out eight for his first career postseason win, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer and the Boston Red Sox sweated out their shaky bullpen to beat the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday night in Game 1 of the AL Division Series.

Boston Red Sox’s J.D. Martinez celebrates after his three-run home run with Eduardo Nunez during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale throws to a New York Yankees batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts hits a double against the New York Yankees during the third inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

One year after he was pounded by Houston in his playoff debut, Sale took a four-hit shutout into the sixth inning. The Yankees loaded the bases in the sixth and again in the seventh, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Aaron Judge homered off Craig Kimbrel to lead off the ninth before the Red Sox closer retired the next three batters, striking out Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit for the save.

New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the third inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts, right, celebrates after a double against the New York Yankees during the third inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
New York Yankees’ Gary Sanchez reacts after striking out against the Boston Red Sox during the third inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Game 2 is Saturday night, with Boston starting another pitcher trying to overcome a history of postseason struggles: left-hander David Price is 0-8 in his career as a starter in the playoffs. He’ll face Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka.

New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ throws to a Boston Red Sox batter during the first inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Boston Red Sox’s Mookie Betts celebrates in the dugout after scoring of a single by Steve Pearce during the third inning of Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series against the New York Yankees on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New York Yankees starting pitcher J.A. Happ leaves during the third inning against the Boston Red Sox in Game 1 of a baseball American League Division Series on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

In the first playoff matchup between the longtime rivals since 2004, the 108-win Red Sox took a 5-0 lead against Yankees starter J.A. Happ and then white-knuckled it after Sale left with two on and one out in the sixth.

Source: The Associated Press

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