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Rivalry gets heated as winning streak ends

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BOSTON -- In what felt like a throwback rivalry game to 2003-04, there were tape-measure homers, a fracas that included punches from both sides and ultimately a 10-7 victory by the Yankees over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

That was how a nine-game winning streak ended for the Red Sox, while the Yankees (6-6) got back to .500.

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BOSTON -- In what felt like a throwback rivalry game to 2003-04, there were tape-measure homers, a fracas that included punches from both sides and ultimately a 10-7 victory by the Yankees over the Red Sox on Wednesday night.

That was how a nine-game winning streak ended for the Red Sox, while the Yankees (6-6) got back to .500.

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Video: NYY@BOS: Benches clear twice between Sox, Yankees

"Red Sox, Yankees. That's what everybody wants," said Red Sox lefty David Price. "That's what they got."

Video: NYY@BOS: A-Rod, Varitek exchange words; benches clear

The most untimely thing that happened for the Red Sox was Price experiencing a numbing sensation in his left hand that forced him out of the game after just one inning and 35 pitches, in which he gave up four runs.

The good news was that by game's end, Price had the feeling back in his hand and expected to make his next start. He thinks the numbness was simply a case of another chilly night at Fenway Park.

"I had no pain," said Price. "I have no pain. Even when I came in and did all the stuff with the doctors, I still had no pain. It was tough. Those guys didn't quit. They continued to battle. That was a very good sign. It stinks to not extend our winning streak like that, but we'll move on and get them tomorrow."

Video: NYY@BOS: Cora discusses Price's brief outing in loss

It was Gary Sanchez who put the Yankees on his back early with two homers, a double and four RBIs and the visitors broke out to an 8-1 lead.

But Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez countered with a grand slam to center in the fifth against Masahiro Tanaka that slimmed New York's lead to 8-6.

Video: NYY@BOS: Martinez crushes a grand slam to center

Things got wild in the top of the seventh, after Boston reliever Joe Kelly hit Tyler Austin in the back with a 97.7-mph fastball.

Austin threw his bat down and then charged the mound, and he and Kelly threw punches at each other. Austin also landed a punch to the head of Red Sox third-base coach Carlos Febles.

"It's a pitch that got away on a cold night. Not like I had perfect command," Kelly said. "It's not like I have Greg Maddux command. We'll see what happens. I don't think I should be suspended. It wasn't a blowout game. We were still in that ballgame. We had a big rally the inning before."

The tension stemmed from an incident in the third, when Austin slid hard with his left foot into Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt's right leg. Benches emptied that time also, but the situation was quickly diffused.

"I probably said something I probably shouldn't have to start it off," said Holt. "I just wanted him to know it was a bad slide. I think he knows that now."

Video: NYY@BOS: Red Sox react to Tyler Austin's slide

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Gary is scary: Sanchez said before Wednesday's game that he has been working with hitting coach Marcus Thames on several mechanical adjustments, while both manager Aaron Boone and general manager Brian Cashman said that their catcher would reclaim his offensive thump. They didn't have to wait long, as Sanchez became the fourth Yankee with a multihomer game this season, joining Stanton, Didi Gregorius and Austin.

Video: Must C Combo: Sanchez launches two homers vs. Red Sox

J.D's first Sox slam: Martinez's first grand slam with the Red Sox was the sixth of his career. It was the third slam by the Red Sox in the last four games, marking the first time that has happened in team history. Martinez's shot wasn't cheap. The blast had an exit velocity of 112.4 mph, the fourth-hardest homer Statcast™ has measured from Martinez since 2015. Mookie Betts hit a slam against the Yankees on Tuesday. This was the first time the Red Sox have hit grand slams against the Yankees in back-to-back games since Luis Rivera and Mike Greenwell did it in 1990.

Hanley's rocket: Red Sox slugger Hanley Ramirez continues to look rejuvenated this season. He hit a bullet of a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning, a drive that had an exit velocity of 117.5 mph, making it the hardest-hit ball for a Red Sox player since Statcast™ started in 2015. It is the second hardest hit in baseball so far this season trailing only a Stanton homer (117.9 mph) from April 4 against the Rays.The drive smacked a sign beyond the Monster seats and traveled a projected distance of 432 feet.

QUOTABLE
"You know that's coming. You know that's coming. They feel like us. The clubhouse is our second home. It's wanting to protect our home. So it will be something soon. If not this series maybe in New York." -- Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez, expecting retaliation from the Yankees

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Martinez became Boston's first cleanup hitter to belt a grand slam against the Yankees since Hall of Famer Jim Rice on June 26, 1987.

WHAT'S NEXT
Right-hander Rick Porcello (2-0, 2.84 ERA) tries to continue his strong start when he takes the ball in the rubber match of this three-game series between the rivals at Fenway. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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