NEW YORK — Another day, another Yankee victory. After 35 games, the Yankees are finally back atop the American League East standings after defeating the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in Tuesday night’s series opener at Yankee Stadium.
Giancarlo Stanton continued to mash left-handed pitching, as he provided all of New York’s offense against Drew Pomeranz. His eighth and ninth shots of the year gave the Bombers the early lead with staff ace Luis Severino on the mound.
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While Severino was excellent, Boston did make him work, which limited him to six innings, as he threw 109 pitches on the night. He did give up just two runs and six hits while striking out 11 Boston batters.
Andrew Benintendi drove in the Red Sox’s first run in the fifth with a single. Mookie Betts then hit an RBI triple in the seventh, off David Robertson, to tie the game at two. Eduardo Nunez scored in both instances.
The Yankees, however, were immediately able to get the lead back. Pinch-hitter Neil Walker kick-started the offense with a one-out single in the bottom half of the seventh.
Facing new pitcher Joe Kelly, last year’s Rookie of the Year delivered with an RBI single to left field to give New York the lead back, 3-2.
This was the Yankees’ 16th win in 17 games as the team continues to perform against the league’s best teams.
Current Yankees Record: 25-10