Friday night dramatics at Fenway Park included a Rick Porcello one-hit shutout, another Steve Pearce home run, Alex Cora getting ejected from the game and another Sox win, 4-1 over the Yankees.

Put the Sox record at 77-34 and make it a 7.5 game lead over the reeling Yanks in the AL East.

Things got a little testy in the first inning of the game. Porcello hit leadoff hitter Brett Gardner on an 0-2 pitch. Luis Severino came back and threw up and in on his first pitch to Mookie Betts.

When the umpire issued warnings to both teams, Sox skipper Alex Cora came rushing out of the dugout and got ejected from the game.

Pearce, who hit three home runs in Thursday's game added another two-run shot in that first inning Friday night.

It was all Porcello needed.

He was brilliant, throwing just 86 pitches in nine full innings. Porcello gave up a solo homer to Miguel Andujar and that was it. He struck out nine and did not walk a batter to get his 14th win.

The 43 game over .500 number is a high water mark for the season and the 7.5 game lead is the most this season for the Sox.

Game three of the series Saturday at 4pm. Live covrage is on Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket

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