The Yankees took the four-game Labor Day weekend series against their arch-nemesis, gaining ground on Boston in the pennant race. Luis Severino outdueled Chris Sale, while the bombers hit four home runs in the clincher. Brilliant pitching and power hitting gave the Bombers a 9 - 2 win.
The Yankees’ lineup got to Sale early and made him work. Although they failed to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the first and second innings — they stranded two runners in each frame — the team forced him to throw 45 pitches.
Chase Headley finally got the Bombers on the board in the third inning with a lead-off home run. Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier followed with back-to-back bombs in the fourth. It was the first time any hitters ever accomplished this against Sale. The Toddfather now has three career hits versus Sale — all homers. The left-hander was pulled from the game after giving up a one-out single to Starlin Castro in the fifth. He had thrown 109 pitches.
Severino, on the other hand, was absolutely brilliant, scattering two hits while striking out nine and walking none over six innings. The Red Sox managed one unearned run off Severino in the sixth, closing their deficit to 3-1. Eduardo Nunez reached on a one-out error by Todd Frazier, advanced to third on another error by Frazier, and scored on a Gary Sanchez passed ball. It was an ugly inning for the Yankees on defense in an otherwise one-sided New York win.
The game was blown wide open in the sixth inning as the Yankees batted around against a trio of Red Sox relievers. Holliday led off with a walk and advanced to second on a one-out single by Jacoby Ellsbury. Brett Gardner walked to load the bases before Headley struck out. Sanchez beat out a grounder to third to plate Holliday, restoring the Yankees' three-run lead and re-loading the bases. Castro cleared them with a double to right, and Aaron Judge hit his 38th home run of the year to make it 9-1.
Tommy Kahnle, Chasen Shreve, and Giovanny Gallegos each pitched one inning of relief to close out the win for the Yankees. Gallegos gave up one run on two hits in the ninth to make the final score 9-2
Severino pushes his record to 12-6, while Sale falls to 15-7. The Yankees are now 4-1 this year in games started by Sale, and are 3-1 versus the Red Sox when Severino pitches. New York wins the season series 11-8, and are now 3.5 games behind Boston in the AL East standings. The Yankees extended their Wild Card lead over the Twins to two games and the Angels to 3.5. The Orioles remain 3.5 behind with their win today.
The Yankees go from one critical series to another, as they embark on a nine-game road trip beginning tomorrow in Baltimore. Jordan Montgomery (7-7, 4.15 ERA) will oppose Dylan Bundy (13-8, 3.94 ERA). The start of the game has been pushed back to 2:05 EDT.