Gary Sánchez hit two home runs off Red Sox starter David Price, and Michael Pineda allowed just one unearned run as the Yankees cruised to a 9-1 win.
Through five games against their division rival, the Yankees have lost just once. Sánchez, who recently dropped to the No. 6 slot in the lineup, picked up five RBIs and scored three runs. Tonight’s output from Sánchez gives him eight home runs and 21 RBIs on the season.
Brett Gardner stayed hot, as he knocked in the Yankees’ first run with a single in the second inning, and hit his 13th homerun of the season in the eighth. Starlin Castro also recorded two RBIs on a single in the sixth, and a fielder’s choice in the eighth.
Aaron Judge reached base four out of the five times he came to the plate, as his already impressive slash-line on the season climbed to .330/.436/.670.
Pineda bounced back from his poor start against Toronto with seven strong innings. The only Boston run reached on a Chase Headley throwing error (his 10th on the season), and came around to score on a passed ball by Sánchez.
Things got a little bit sketchy for the Yankees in the ninth inning, however. Giovanny Gallegos, who started the inning, recorded two quick outs on just eight pitches. Girardi removed him in order to get Dellin Betances some work. Betances had only appeared twice since May 24. Betances walked Hanley Ramírez, allowed Jackie Bradley Jr. to reach on a strikeout-wild pitch and then walked Josh Rutledge before striking out Pablo Sandoval looking.
All’s well that ends well, though, as the Yankees take the series and await the arrival of the Baltimore Orioles tomorrow.
Austin Romine pinch-hit for Didi Gregorius in the eigth inning. While attempting to steal second base in the first inning, Mookie Betts‘s cleats inadvertently hit Gregorius in the chest. He was looked at by trainers, stayed in the game and went 2-for-4. It’s unclear if Gregorius was removed for precautionary reasons.
Matt Holliday took a 77 MPH curveball to the helmet in his eighth inning plate appearance. It clearly was not intentional by Brandon Workman, and Holliday waved off the trainers to stay in the game. He ran the bases with no ill effects.
Greg Bird went 1-for-3 with two walks and a strikeout for AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The RailRiders fell 3-2 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.