Rapid Reaction: Yankees 6, Red Sox 0

NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees (41-37) beat the listless Boston Red Sox (36-44) behind Vidal Nuno's strong start. Nuno was backed by scoreless relief pitching from Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Matt Thornton.

Standing NunO: Just as everyone predicted, Nuno -- who entered 1-4 with a 5.88 ERA -- left to a standing ovation in the sixth.

Nuno basically stayed in the rotation because the Yankees have no one else to turn to and Joe Girardi wanted to make sure the other four starters received extra rest.

However it went down, Nuno was excellent, taking advantage of the awful Red Sox offense. Nuno allowed just two hits and never really faced trouble in his 5⅔ innings.

This is 40: In Derek Jeter's first two at-bats as a 40-year-old, he had two hits. He was retired his next two times up. He is hitting .271 on the season.

Strong first: The Yankees are now 17-3 when they lead after the first inning. After walking leadoff man Brock Holt, Nuno wrapped strikeouts of Dustin Pedroia and Mike Napoli around a David Ortiz popout for a scoreless first.

In the bottom half against Red Sox starter Brandon Workman, the Yankees used a one-out Jeter single combined with a one-out Jacoby Ellsbury double, which led to Mark Teixeira's sac fly.

Back-to-Back: In the fourth, the Yankees added to their lead with back-to-back homers. Kelly Johnson nailed a two-run homer, while Brett Gardner hit a solo shot.

Don't ya know: Johnson's fifth homer is one more than Robinson Cano's total of four.

McCann can: In the eighth, Brian McCann crushed a two-run homer off lefty Craig Breslow. It was his ninth of the season.

Dealin' Dellin: Betances did his thing, going 1⅓ scoreless, striking out two. His ERA dropped to 1.39.

Sellout: The Yankees announced a sellout crowd of 48,522.

Time of game: This really isn't your normal Yanks-Red Sox series. The time of the game was a very manageable 2:42.

On deck: The Yankees and Red Sox play at 7:15 p.m. Saturday and it is an excellent pitching matchup: Masahiro Tanaka (11-2, 2.11) versus Jon Lester (8-7, 3.14).