Boston, MA (SportsNetwork.com) - Brett Gardner finished 2-for-4 with three RBI and the New York Yankees collected a 4-2 decision over Boston in the middle test of a three-game series at Fenway Park.
Chris Young homered among his two hits, while Chase Headley doubled and scored for the Yankees, who won 3-2 in Friday's opener and have taken five of six overall.
"Now that you've won the first two, you want to win that third one. You want to get the sweep," said Gardner. "It's hard to do, especially on the road. They've got a really, really good team. These games matter just as much as the games at the end of September."
Nathan Eovaldi (2-0) worked into the seventh, allowing seven hits and a pair of runs across 6 2/3 innings. Dellin Betances recorded the final four outs to notch his first save.
Dustin Pedroia homered, Mookie Betts knocked in the other run and David Ortiz collected a pair of hits for the Red Sox, who have dropped five of seven to fall back to .500 and 12-12.
Wade Miley (1-3) was tagged in the loss for three runs on seven hits over seven full frames.
Headley reached on a leadoff double in the fifth, Gregorio Petit added a single then both eventually scored on Gardner's two-out single which sent the Yankees in front by a 3-1 count.
Blake Swihart walked with two down in the home seventh and scored when Chris Martin spelled Eovaldi and served up an RBI double to Betts. Pedroia, however, grounded out to end the threat and keep it a one-run margin.
"I saw a calm, cool, composed guy with great potential. He was able to actually understand everything. He was able to retain a lot of stuff we had talked about," Red Sox coach Juan Nieves said about Swihart in his major- league debut.
Young's one-out blast over the Green Monster gave the Yankees an insurance run in the ninth. Betances, who came on with Hanley Ramirez aboard in the eighth, fanned Mike Napoli swinging to end that frame and posted a 1-2-3 ninth.
Gardner doubled home Gregorius in the top of the third, but Pedroia cleared the iconic greenery to start the home fourth.
Prior to the contest, the Sox placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list after he fractured his right hand during Friday's game and recalled top catching prospect Swihart from Triple-A Pawtucket ... In a change of pace for the two rivals, game time was 2:44.