Luis Severino shut down the Red Sox for six innings while Aaron Judge's two-run home run capped a six-run sixth inning as the New York Yankees won the final game of a four-game series against Boston 9-2 on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After he allowed 10 runs (eight earned) in a start against the Red Sox on Aug. 12, Severino (12-6) struck out nine batters and allowed two hits and one unearned run in six innings, as the Yankees pulled within 3 1/2 games of the AL East lead.
The Yankees hit three solo home runs off Chris Sale, but erupted for six runs -- all with two outs -- in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Gary Sanchez's run-scoring infield single with the bases loaded and two outs was initially ruled an out but was overturned on replay. Two pitches later, Starlin Castro hit a bases-clearing double to right field off Addison Reed that turned a three-run lead into a 7-1 game.
Judge then followed with a 469-foot home run, his first home run in 57 at-bats.
Chase Headley homered off Sale (15-7) in the bottom of the third inning, while Matt Holliday and Todd Frazier went back-to-back in the bottom of the fourth.
Sale threw 109 pitches in 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and seven hits. Two Frazier errors and a passed ball by Sanchez in the top of the sixth led to the only run Severino allowed.
Give the Yankees some credit. After a lackluster second game of this four-game series, I feared they lacked the ability to make this division race interesting. They proved me wrong (for now) and did it in style behind Severino and some thump from an offense that has been flat for much of the second half.
Severino once again demonstrated that he can go toe to toe with any of the top pitchers in baseball, simply because he happens to be one of the best pitchers in the league this season. Severino was dominant throughout the game, even when the Yankees defense did its best to let him down. If Severino continues to throw this way through the rest of the month, the Yankees will be happy to have him on the hill in the postseason.
As for the offense, it exploded against one of the favorites for the Cy Young Award in Sale. The Yankees managed to keep Sale winless in his five starts against the club, but tonight was the first time they truly got to him, courtesy of three loud solo homers. Once Sale left the game, the Yankees took advantage of Boston's middle relief and blew the game wide open.
Now, it is up to the Yankees to utilize a huge series win as a boost for the rest of the regular season and go on the run I questioned was possible.
Jordan Montgomery (7-7, 4.15 ERA) and the Yankees begin a three-game series against Dylan Bundy (13-8, 3.94 ERA) and the Baltimore Orioles on Monday at 2:05 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.