"The only thing I would had done different than Joe Kelly tonight", Martinez, now an analyst for MLB Network, wrote on Twitter, "is I would've hit Tyler Austin at his previous at bat".
Kelly missed on his first attempt at hitting him but finally landed the blow two pitches later on a 98 miles per hour fastball.
The pair went at it and it wasn't long before both side's benches had completely cleared and a mass brawl has broken out on the field of play.
Red Sox relief pitcher Joe Kelly, left, knocks down NY s Tyler Austin as they fight during the seventh inning.
J.D. Martinez lifted Boston back into the game with a fifth inning grand slam off Masahiro Tanaka, but the Yankees already had eight runs at that point, and they scored two more the next inning. Joe Kelly dotted Austin between the shoulder blades with a 98 miles per hour fastball, and this time cooler heads didn't prevail.
"I was ready to defend myself", Kelly said.
"I don't think it was intentional". Yankees hitting coach Marcus Thames used both hands to shove Austin all the way across the infield toward the NY dugout.
Once the tensions eased, Kelly and Austin were ejected, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin and Yankees relief pitcher Tommy Kahnle. "I mean, not just those two, they have a pretty big team over there".
It was the second bench-clearing brawl of the day in the majors. His lead foot made contact with Holt's leg. "If not this series, maybe in NY". Holt said he doesn't believe the Yankees will throw at him, hinting that if it does happen, NY will probably seek out one of Boston's middle-of-the-order bats.
A year later, Boston's Bronson Arroyo hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch, A-Rod shouted at the pitcher, and Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek punched Rodriguez in the face, setting off a scuffle.
With the combined offensive resurgence of Gary Sanchez (two homers, double, four RBI) along with the continued improved hitting of Giancarlo Stanton (three hits, triple, three RBI), the Yanks rebounded nicely, producing a 10-7 win, trimming Boston's division lead to 3.5 games. Overall, price allowed three hits and walked two while striking out one on 35 pitches.