Aaron Hicks hit three of the Yankees' six home runs en route to an 11-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Things to know about Sunday's game
1) Hicks homered in the second and fourth innings off David Price and hit his third home run of the game in the eighth inning off Hector Velazquez to become the first Yankee since Alex Rodriguez in 2015 to hit three home runs in a game.
2) Aaron Judge went 3-for-4 with a solo homer in the first inning while Gleyber Torres hit a three-run shot later in the inning as New York jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka's first MLB hit was a solo home run down the left-field line in the fourth inning as the Yankees set a franchise record for home runs hit as a team before the All-Star break.
3) The 11 runs were more than enough support for Luis Severino (13-2), who allowed two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to win his MLB-leading 13th game.
4) Giancarlo Stanton went 2-for-4 with a double and Didi Gregorius went 1-for-2 with a sac fly. Every Yankee who entered the game except Greg Bird recorded at least one hit.
5) Price (9-6) surrendered a career-high five home runs in 3 1/3 innings. He allowed eight runs and nine hits.
Highlights from Sunday's game
First career hit, first career homer.- MLB (@MLB) July 2, 2018
That deserves a silent treatment. 😂 pic.twitter.com/GSgoLtZcpn
The flip-flopping of demolitions continued in the series finale as the Yanks finish their numerical first half of the season sitting atop the AL East by mere percentage points.
One day after getting completely shut down by Chris Sale, the Yankees punished one of their favorite pitchers to face in recent years. The Yankees knocked Price out of the game with one out in the fourth inning after getting to him for five loud home runs.
Of the Yankees' six home runs, Hicks' and Higashioka's should get the most press. Hicks' three homers gives him eight in his last 15 games and he's quickly approaching his career-high of 15 (he now has 14 for the season). Of all the homers, the best was Higashioka's simply because it was his first MLB hit, breaking an 0-for-22 skid to the start of his MLB career.
Finally, there are times when a pitcher is staked to be an early, sizable lead and they have trouble working with it. That was not the case on Sunday; much like Sale did Saturday, Severino sailed through the contest. Severino now has six starts in which he has allowed zero runs and maintains the MLB lead in wins with 13 and the AL ERA lead with a 1.98 mark.
Domingo German (2-4, 5.32 ERA) and the Yankees begin a three-game series against Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68 ERA) and the Atlanta Braves on Monday at Yankee Stadium at 7:05 p.m.