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Yankees 3, Red Sox 2: Giancarlo Stanton belts two home runs, lifts New York to victory

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The Bronx Bombers win their seventh straight game to move into a first-place tie with the Red Sox.

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Luis Severino sliced his way through a tough Boston lineup. and Giancarlo Stanton supplied the power as the Yankees defeated their rival by a score of 3-2.

The Yankees got on the board in the second inning when Stanton launched a missile into the left-field seats to give New York a 1-0 lead. The screamer was measured by StatCast at 111.5 MPH. The Yankees squandered an excellent opportunity to add on, though.

After walking Gary Sanchez on five pitches and falling behind 2-0 to Aaron Hicks, Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz called for an injury visit. I thought maybe he suffered whiplash spinning around to watch Stanton’s shot. Alas, that wasn’t the case.

We also got to witness the entire Red Sox team gather around the mound while Pomeranz was treated for a hang nail. Seriously. The sellout crowd at Yankee Stadium booed the silly delay mercilessly, but it turned out to Boston’s advantage. After completing the free pass to Hicks, Pomeranz struck out Miguel Andujar and Tyler Austin, then retired Gleyber Torres on a popout to end the threat.

The Red Sox ran themselves out of a scoring opportunity in the third. Catcher Christian Vazquez led off with a line-drive base hit down the right-field line. Aaron Judge fielded the ball in the deepest part of the corner, then fired a one-hop liner to Didi Gregorius covering second base to nab Vazquez trying to stretch. The amazing 227-foot bullet throw by Judge traveled at 114 MPH as measured by StatCast.

Stanton blasted his second solo home run of the game leading off the home half of the fourth inning. This time, he deposited an 89-MPH two-seam fastball into the right-field seats. The opposite-field shot gave the Yankees a 2-0 lead.

Severino struck out the side on 15 pitches in the fifth inning. Unfortunately, the frame didn’t end because Sanchez was unable to handle the final swinging strike in the dirt thrown to Vazquez. The ball rolled to the backstop, allowing the slow-footed catcher to take first base. Mookie Betts singled, as did Andrew Benintendi, which scored Vazquez and cut the Yankees’ lead to 2-1. Severino finally got Hanley Ramirez to ground out. The wild pitch that got away loomed large, not only leading to the end of the shutout bid, but causing Severino to throw an extra 17 pitches to escape the inning.

Manager Aaron Boone ended his ace’s night after Eduardo Nunez singled to lead off the seventh. Unfortunately, Severino was deprived of his chance to become the AL’s first six-game winner tonight as the bullpen and defense were unable to hold the lead.

David Robertson retired the first two batters he faced, but then tried to get Mookie Betts with a knuckle curve on a 3-2 pitch. Betts hit a rope down the left-field line. Brett Gardner, who was playing Betts toward left-center, tried to make a sliding catch on the run. The ball skipped past Gardner and back to the wall. Betts made it all the way to third base with a run-scoring triple.

Severino had thrown 109 pitches, but deserved a better fate after his tremendous effort. He allowed two runs — caused primarily by spotty defense — on six hits while walking none and striking out 11. As with his outing in Anaheim two starts ago, Severino had to settle for a no-decision. It’s too bad.

New York took the lead right back in the bottom half of the seventh. Neil Walker scorched a one-out double to right off reliever Heath Hembree, who then walked Torres on a 3-2 slider. Hembree balked with Gardner batting, moving the runners along to second and third. After falling behind 1-2, Gardner walked to load the bases.

Joe Kelly replaced Hembree, who promptly surrendered a RBI-single to Judge. Torres tried to score from second, but was thrown out by a country mile. Kelly retired Gregorius on a groundout, and the Yankees headed to the eighth with a one-run advantage.

The Bombers missed another scoring opportunity in the eighth. Stanton drew a walk to lead off the frame, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Hicks hit a hard grounder to first, and Stanton was gunned out trying to score on a close play at the plate. It was the second time tonight where the Yankees had a runner thrown out at home because the batter actually hit the ball a bit too hard.

Chad Green and Aroldis Chapman made the 3-2 lead hold up. Green overcame a lead-off single by Ramirez in the eighth. Hicks made a nice shoestring catch charging in on the J.D. Martinez liner, and Xander Bogaerts grounded into a room-service 4-6-3 double play to end the frame.

Boston managed to get the tying run on base again in the ninth. After retiring Rafael Devers on a grounder back to the mound and striking out Nunez, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. with a pitch. He then fell behind 2-1 to Vazquez, before retiring him on a weak groundball to second to end the game.

David Robertson was credited with the win. He is now 3-1 on the year. Chapman earned his eighth save. New York and Boston now share the majors’ best record at 25-10. The Yankees are 16-1 in their last 17 games. That’s the team’s best run since reeling off 18 straight victories in 1953.

Tomorrow night, the Bronx Bombers try to extend their winning streak to eight in a row. Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA) will be opposed by Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA). This should be a good one. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM EDT.