The first Red Sox vs Yankees postseason game since 2004 lived up to the hype with the Sox winning a 5-4 nail-biter in game one of the ALDS.

Chris Sale calmed a lot of nerves around New England by pitching 5.1 innings. He left with a 5-0 lead and the bullpen allowed two inherited runners to score. Sale gave up five hits, two walks and struck out seven. He got credit for his first playoff win of his career.

J.D. Martinez gave the Sox an immediate lead, blasting a three-run home run in the first inning. They tacked on two more runs and chases Yankee starter J.A. Happ early in the game.

It was hang-on-every-pitch baseball in innings six through nine. Boston's bullpen was shaky. Ryan Brasier allowed Sale's two runs to score. Brandon Workman gave up a run. And, Craig Kimbrel gave up a solo homer to Aaron Judge in the 9th inning before striking out the side to end the game.

The Yankees outhit the Sox 10 to 8 but nine of the hits for New York were singles.

Martinez and Andrew Benintendi both had two hits for Boston.

Game two of the best-of-5 series is tonight and it is live on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket.