The script was familiar: hand the opponents a big lead early, and fail to catch up.
The Yankees raced out to a 5-0 edge after two innings and went on give the Red Sox a 5-2 defeat.
Zack Godley allowed a tape-measure solo homer in the first, then yielded a grand slam to Gio Urshela in the second.
Boston relievers tossed 4.2 scoreless innings, but it was too late.
The only two runs came on a double by Xander Bogaerts. The Red Sox had just two hits after the third inning.
WHO: Red Sox (3-5) vs. New York Yankees (5-1)
WHEN: 7:07 p.m.
WHERE: Yankee Stadium
SERIES TO DATE: Yankees, 1-0
STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Zack Godley (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Masahiro Tanaka (2020 debut)
TV/RADIO: FOX; WEEI 93.7 FM
9:49 Lack of hustle there for Devers, who sliced a ball to left, but somehow, didn't get a double out of it.
9:26 Ordinarily, I enjoy John Smoltz's analysis. But man, tonight, he's uttering one ridiculous thing after another. He believes someone is going to hit 30 homers this year, keeps talking about the Yankees winning more than 40 games and thinks "there'a good chance'' that some reliever ("I'm talking about 20-25 appearances'') could go unscored upon for the season. What the....??
9:14 Super play by Urhsela, who backhands a ball on the third base line, and gets enough on a throw to nab Christian Vazquez at first
8:55 Just three runs scored by the Red Sox in the 14 innings of this series to date.
8:37 That's it for Godley, who gives up five runs in 3.1 innings and is responsible for two baserunners. Chris Mazza in.
8:24 Alex Verdugo has traditionally hit lefties well, but he looked clueless in that at-bat against Luis Avilan.
8:04 Two-run double for Bogaerts to right-center, who just missed a three-run homer by a few inches. Alert baserunning by Kevin Pillar, who had stopped at third initially, but advanced home when the throw to second base got away momentarily.
7:50 Terrific play by Xander Bogaerts, who scoops a slow roller and fires to first to just nab D.J. LeMahieu -- with some help from Mitch Moreland, who picks a low throw, backhanded.
7:48 In 10 innings in this series, the Yankees have hit five homers.
7:44 The inning has gotten away from Godley in a hurry -- three straight singles and a grand slam from Gio Urshela, and the Yanks lead suddenly 5-0. Unlike the juicy curveball to Judge, this wasn't a terrible pitch - a changeup at the bottom of the zone.
7:27 For all the issues the Red Sox have had with teams beating their infield shifts, they were perfectly situated for Gleyber Torres there, with Tzu-Wei Lin stationed behind the second base bag.
7:24 Zack Godley flashed a good curveball in his last outing, but he hung a fat one up in the zone and Aaron Judge positively crushed it -- deep to left.