BOSTON — It was in no way easy but the Yankees finally got a win at Fenway Park. It was a mostly forgettable series for New York though tonight’s 9-6 win puts them nine games up of Boston with just over two months left to play.
A solid start from Domingo German led the way for the Bombers as his early dominance gave the offense a chance to strike first. Though he did end up giving up 3 runs in just 5.1 innings, it was the best start a Yankee starter has had in over a week.
As for the bats, it was tough sledding against Chris Sale but a combined five hits from the bottom third of the Yankee order gave them more than enough to take this victory.
Trailing for most of this series, the Yankees made sure to get the lead first tonight.
Facing a cruising Sale, Austin Romine got the Bombers on the board with a two-run shot over the Monster in the third inning. An inning later, Didi Gregorius hit a two-run long ball of his own as the Yankees quickly doubled their lead.
A two-run home run by Andrew Benintendi cut the Yankee lead in half in the fourth inning, but the Bombers bounced back with two of their own in the sixth.
After Tommy Kahnle helped German out of a jam in the bottom half of the frame, the Bombers looked to finally gotten some breathing room in the seventh.
With the bases loaded, Gregorius lofted a soft fly ball to center field that was easily caught by Jackie Bradley Jr. Instead of just holding on to it, however, the center fielder blindly threw it to first base hoping to pick off Luke Voit. To his surprise, no one was there covering first base, allowing two more runs to score.
The Red Sox continued to have chances to get back in the game against a shaky bullpen but couldn’t get it done. Instead, the Yankees continued to pile on.
After a 420-foot double put him in scoring position, Cameron Maybin found himself at third a few batters later, with Aaron Hicks at-bat. Trying his best to irritate Marcus Walden with constant threats of running, Walden eventually gave in, yanking a fast ball that allowed Maybin to score on the wild pitch and make it 9-4.
Aroldis Chapman made it way too interesting in the ninth but thankfully for Aaron Boone and Yankee fans everywhere, was able to shut down the Red Sox.
New York will have a much needed off day tomorrow and return home to face the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. J.A. Happ is expected to be on the mound and will face right-hander Taylor Clarke.