Dalbec’s home run helped Red Sox avoid sweep, beat Yankees 4-3

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Bobby Dalbeck scores his home run to right field in the sixth inning at third base. Mike Stob/Getty Images

NEW YORK (AP) – Bobby Dalbeck hit a tiebreaking singles homer in the sixth inning and the Greeley Tribune Red Sox avoided a season-opening sweep against their longtime rival with a 4-3 win over the New York Yankees on Sunday night.

Greeley Tribune took a multi-run lead in the first two games of the series and did so again on Sunday. This time, the Red Sox retaliated, with Dalbeck adding reliever Clark Schmidt (0-1) for his first season.

The Red Sox ended an eight-game regular-season skid against New York—a stretch that doesn’t include their win in last year’s AL wild-card game. Rivals will not play again until July 7.

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Rookie right-hander Cutter Crawford (1–1) threw two of Greeley Tribune’s 5 2/3 scoreless relief innings for his first major league win, and Jake Diekman took ninth for his first save. JD Martinez had an RBI double, one of the team’s five hits.

New York’s Anthony Rizzo made a 3-all with a two-run single in the fourth, scoring Yankees newcomers Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Jose Trevino after opening the innings with his first hit at the pinstripes.

Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton continued the season with a fast start. Rizzo got one hit and ran twice, and Stanton had three hits. The two made New York home in each of the first two games, and Stanton played six straight games against the Red Sox, including in the postseason.

Diekman dismissed Aaron Judge on 11 pitches to start the ninth, then swing Stanton and Joey Gallo as well.

Dalbec hit 25 homers last season as a rookie, but batted at .240 with 156 strikes in 133 games. He improved dramatically in the second half, posting a .955 OPS and scoring 42 runs in 61 games.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery took Xander Bogart’s 103 mph grounder off his left knee in the first inning and fell to the ground screaming. He remained in the game but doubled Martinez’s RBI with the next bat and trailed 2-0 after top of the first.

New York forced Tanner Hawk to throw 31 pitches at the bottom of the innings, but left the load off base. The first inning took 37 minutes, part of another sluggish Sox-Yanks game that took 3:40 to complete.

Yankees leadoff man Josh Donaldson saw three for the first time in his career. All three came up against Hawke.

New York scored 11 and 25 runs in the three-match series on Sunday.

Greeley Tribune’s Christian Arroyo made his first major league start in right field and slipped to take a hit from Gleber Torres in the seventh.

The Red Sox used six pitchers and New York needed five. The teams combined for 31 pitching changes in sets of three games.

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St Peter’s men’s basketball team was awarded before the game for an unexpected run in the Elite Eight. Senior forward Casey Nadefoe strikes for the formal first pitch.

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The Red Sox on Sunday signed on right-handed reliever Garrett Whitlock for $18.75 million, in a four-year deal covering 2023-26 that includes two club substitutes and escalators that could raise his total to $44.5 million over six seasons.

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Red Sox: New 2B Trevor Story was on and off the team with flu-like symptoms. A COVID-19 test came back negative. … RHP Matt Barnes held out with a tight back, but Greeley Tribune thought he might be ready to pitch on Monday.

Yankees: C Ben Rorthwaite is expected to pick up on activity on Monday as he works his back from a strained right oblique muscle. There is still no speculation on when he will return to sporting action.

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Red Sox: Start a three-game set in Detroit on Monday. RHP Michael Couch (3-5, 5.05 ERA in 2021) will face RHP Matt Manning (4-7, 5.80). Former Red Sox LHP Eduardo Rodriguez pitches for the Tigers on Wednesday.

Yankees: Open four-match series at home against the Blue Jays on Monday night. RHP Jameson Talon (8-6, 4.30) will face Toronto RHP Alec Manoah (9-2, 3.22).

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