Once Headley walked and Todd Frazier subsequently singled, Workman retired Ronald Torreyes and Austin Romine to get out of the inning unscathed. After Green walked Jackie Bradley Jr. on four pitches, Girardi turned to Kahnle.
Pomeranz will go against Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery, who went 5 1/3 innings and gave up two hits and one run in the Red Sox' 10th-inning win last Sunday in the Bronx. "We've got to continue to fight, and we've done a great job of it".
The reliever got Judge swinging after a seven-pitch battle and then ended the rough inning with a line out to first base.
The Red Sox opened a 3-0 lead on homers from Christian Vazquez and Rafael Devers, who hit his fourth in five games and his seventh in his 19-game major league career.
But the Yankees' four-game sweep of the Mets this week helped them keep pace.
Craig Kimbrel notched his 29th save Friday after striking out the side against the Yankees.
Vazquez had three hits and a walk while New York's Brett Gardner had three hits and a walk and Frazier two hits and two walks in the loss.
Then came the bottom half, with the Red Sox also scoring four runs in the inning, which took 65 minutes to play. That's downright nuts. Normally with plus money like this I'd be all over the Yankees, but Sabathia is making his first start in a week and a half, while Sale is on another level right now, and has owned the Bronx Bombers, owning an ERA just over one against NY in his career.
Pomeranz appeared to tweak something, and manager John Farrell made a decision to remove him from the game after he attempted two warm-up pitches.
The Red Sox scored four times against Chad Green and Tommy Kahnle in the seventh and twice against Aroldis Chapman in the eighth, leading to a 9-6 loss in front of a sellout crowd of 36,784 at Fenway Park.
Yankees: CC Sabathia (9-5) is trying to snap a personal two-game losing streak.