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Boone’s ejection sparks rally as Yankees take much-needed win

NEW YORK — Through five innings, it looked as if the Yankees were headed for another loss as they were being no-hit by Jordan Zimmerman. But then, Aaron Boone‘s animated ejection in the fifth inning, wherein he was protesting a very inconsistent strike zone, challenged his team to wake up and they indeed delivered.

In the very next inning, the Bombers finally responded with a four-run sixth to temporarily take the lead from Detroit.

Brett Gardner started off the rally with a two-run shot that brought much-needed life into Yankee Stadium. It was New York’s first hit of the night.

While Giancarlo Stanton recorded an out next, two homers soon followed.

First, it was Aaron Hicks that sent one over the fence to tie the game before Miguel Andujar quickly followed with a solo home run of his own to give New York a 4-3 lead.

This quickly pumped the crowd and the bench, highlighted by a very pleased Luis Severino, who started an encouraging game for the Bombers.

Though he did give up three runs, Severino made one of his best starts since the break, striking out ten Tigers over six strong innings.

Unfortunately for New York, the bullpen could not hold the lead.

Jonathan Holder got two outs before giving way to Zach Britton with two men on. The lefty would then give up an RBI-single to pinch-hitter Mikie Mahtook as the Detroit retook the lead .

In the eighth, Britton again struggled to find the strike zone as he loaded bases before getting an out in the inning. Luckily for him, it was just a Ronny Rodriguez sac fly that made damage in the frame.

Still in striking distance, New York battled back in the eighth, kickstarted by a Gardner double off of Joe Jimenez to open the inning. Later in the frame, with two outs, Luke Voit was at the plate with two men on.

Voit, who had fouled off multiple Jimenez pitches, ended his at-bat with a debatable check-swing that went in the favor of the Yankees. This resulted in Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire getting ejected himself, arguing the call.

Right after, however, New York would take advantage of the break it was given with the red-hot Gleyber Torres stroking an RBI-single to left field that bounced off the head of Mahtook and let two runs in.

Austin Romine then added another RBI later in the frame for some insurance, 7-5, in favor of New York.

In the ninth, while he did make it exciting, David Robertson struckout three Tigers enroute to his fifth save of the season and a Yankee victory.

Things should only get better as the calendar rolls into September as the Yankees begin getting some of their reinforcements activated. It starts with the return of Gary Sanchez and the debut of Andrew McCutchen tomorrow.

Masahiro Tanaka faces Daniel Norris tomorrow, in the third game of this four-game set.

Current Yankees Record: 85-50