BOSTON — The game ball that Red Sox right-hander Anthony Ranaudo will treasure from his major league debut wasn’t the one from the final out in Boston’s 4-3 victory over the New York Yankees.
Instead, his teammates made sure to save the ball he threw to strike out Derek Jeter in the third inning — Ranaudo’s first major league strikeout.
“I think that’s pretty cool,” said Ranaudo, who grew up in New Jersey rooting for Jeter and the Yankees. “That’s something that will be part of my life the rest of my life.”
Ranaudo (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits over six innings while winning his first start in the majors. He made a few mistakes, including a solo homer Carlos Beltran hit into the New York bullpen in the fourth, but scattered them well enough for Boston to hang on after taking a 2-0 lead in the third.
“He did a good job keeping the game under control,” Boston Manager John Farrell said.
Ranaudo walked four and struck out two. The first was against Jeter, who followed up with a homer off reliever Junichi Tazawa over the Green Monster to pull the Yankees within 4-3.
The Red Sox, mired deep in last place in the AL East after losing eight of nine, have won three straight over the Yankees.
“We’ve got to win games this time of year,” New York third baseman Chase Headley said. “That’s where the frustration comes.”
Koji Uehara pitched the ninth for his 22nd save.
Boston got to Chris Capuano (1-2) in the third when Brock Holt hit a one-out triple down the right-field line, then scored when Dustin Pedroia followed with a drive over Jacoby Ellsbury’s head in center. The ball bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double and Pedroia scored easily from second on a single by David Ortiz.
After Beltran’s 13th homer of the season cut the lead to 2-1, the Red Sox got an RBI single from David Ross in the fourth and added an insurance run in the seventh when Pedroia singled home Mookie Betts, who led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice.
Capuano pitched 6 1-3 innings for New York, allowing four runs and eight hits. He struck out five and didn’t walk a batter.