NEW YORK — Though James Paxton‘s first inning struggles continued tonight, Gleyber Torres quickly erased the damage done by J.D. Martinez‘s earlier two-run home run with a grand slam that was sent a long way to the bleachers in left field. The round tripper gave New York a 4-2 lead, a score that would hold up for the rest of the night.
Coming off a terrible start at Fenway Park last week, Paxton looked much better tonight. After the first inning blast, the left-hander only allowed one more Boston hit the rest of the night, a fourth inning single by Andrew Benintendi.
Big Maple also struckout five Red Sox, which was enough to credit him with his sixth win of 2019.
Though, the Yankee bats were unable to do much more against Boston pitching for the rest of the night, the damage done again Eduardo Rodriguez in the opening frame was all the Yankee pitchers needed, in a night they dominated.
Following Paxton, Tommy Kahnle, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman combined to throw three innings of scoreless baseball, which ended in Chapman earning his 28th save of the season. All in all, Boston was limited to just three hits all night.
Notably, DJ LeMahieu and Brett Gardner both made their returns to the lineup after each missed some time due to injury. LeMahieu had two hits, batting at the top of the order, while Gardner was hitless out of the nine-hole.