Yankees Defeat Red Sox on Gary Sanchez Home Run
Gary Sanchez hit a tiebreaking two-run homer with two outs in the fifth inning, and the Yankees continued their surge with a 5-3 victory against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees improved to 4-0 this season against the Red Sox and moved nine and a half games in front of Boston in the American League East. The Yankees also won their fifth straight, won for the 15th time in the last 18 games, improved to 32-10 in its last 42 games and claimed its ninth straight series.
Sanchez snapped a 3-3 tie by hammering a 2-2 slider from Rick Porcello (4-5) into the Yankees’ bullpen beyond the right-center field fence. It was Sanchez’s 18th home run, matching his total from last season when the catcher battled through injuries and hit .189 in 89 games.
D. J. LeMahieu delivered another clutch hit, producing a two-run, bases-loaded single to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Gio Urshela preceded LeMahieu’s latest clutch hit with a game-tying single earlier in the inning as the Yankees produced five singles.
Sandy Leon had three hits, including two R.B.I. singles, for the Red Sox, who lost their fourth straight and dropped to 29-29. Xander Bogaerts also homered among his three hits for Boston, which lost for the sixth time in eight games.
The Red Sox tied a season high with 14 strikeouts and were 2 for 14 with runners in scoring position. Leon produced both hits with runners in scoring position before being lifted for a pinch-hitter.
Yankees starter Domingo German labored through three and two-thirds innings, allowing three runs and six hits. He struck out eight and walked two but was lifted two batters after allowing Leon’s single to tie the score at 3-3.
Chad Green (1-2) retired Andrew Benintendi with two on to end the fourth and worked around a double to Bogaerts in the fifth.
Aroldis Chapman put two on but retired Rafael Devers to end it and notched his 17th save in 18 opportunities.
Porcello allowed five runs and nine hits in four and two-thirds innings, matching his second-shortest start of the season. He struck out five, walked one and was lifted two batters after Sanchez homered.
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