Gary Sanchez's two-run homer in the first inning gave the Yankees an early 2-0 lead, but Andrew Benintendi hit two home runs off Luis Severino to help power the Red Sox to a 10-5 win on Saturday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Severino allowed 10 runs, eight earned, in four and 1/3 innings of work. His outing came on short notice because starter Jordan Montgomery was scratched after getting hit in the head during batting practice.
The most damage came from Benintendi's two home runs, while Mooke Betts' two RBI single accounted for Severino's other two earned runs. Benintendi had a six-RBI day thanks to his pair of homers, while Betts had two hits, two RBIs, and scored twice. He added his 33rd double of the year.
Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury hit back-to-back homers in the ninth, but the Yankees were unable to overcome Boston's 10-run effort.
With Masahiro Tanaka and CC Sabathia on the shelf for the immediate future, Severino's performances weigh heavier than ever before. Unfortunately, the young right-hander came up well short of expectations today after a rousing Yankees' win Friday night.
The Yankees experienced a slight carryover from the comeback victory courtesy of Sanchez's first-inning two run homer, but the club was unable to build more off of it against Pomeranz. Even Severino seemed to be feeding off last night's win in his first couple of frames, shutting down the Red Sox with just 17 pitches. But then Severino coughed up two five-run innings, pushing the Yankees into a hole they would not escape as they managed Friday.
While this contest seemingly presented the best case scenario for the Yankees to win the series due to an on-paper mismatch, New York will now have to turn the tables Sunday night. Chris Sale has a large advantage over Jordan Montgomery on the mound Sunday night, but the good news is Yankees have beaten the Red Sox in both of Sale's starts this season.
The Red Sox and Yankees will return to action on Sunday at 8:05 p.m. Montgomery (7-6, 4.05 ERA) will start for New York, while Chris Sale (14-4, 2.57 ERA) will start for Boston