Alex Cora ejected as Yankees-Red Sox fireworks start early

BOSTON — It didn’t take long for the fireworks to start at Fenway Park on Friday.

After Brett Gardner was plunked on an 0-2 pitch by Rick Porcello to lead off the game, Luis Severino answered by buzzing Mookie Betts with a fastball high and inside with his first pitch of the game.

The pitch resulted in warnings being issued to both benches by first base umpire Phil Cuzzi. That decision set off Boston manager Alex Cora, who charged at home plate umpire Adam Hamari and was ejected.

Once play resumed, the Red Sox continued their dominance over the Yankees over the last two days.
After Betts grounded out, Andrew Benintendi hit a ground-rule double and Steve Pearce — who homered three times in Thursday’s blowout win for the Red Sox — took Severino deep to give Boston a 2-0 lead in the first. They also added another run in the inning.

The two teams brawled in April, when Boston right-hander Joe Kelly retaliated for a Tyler Austin high slide into second base by drilling him. Both players were suspended.

Austin was traded to the Twins in the deal that brought Lance Lynn to the Yankees before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

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