Luis Severino stuck out 11 batters over seven strong innings, Aaron Hicks hit two home runs, and the Yankees completed a sweep of the Rays with a 3-2 win at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. >>Click here for a full box score.
Aaron Hicks' go-ahead home run in seventh inning was the difference in a low-scoring game, as both pitchers limited the damage early on. Matt Andriese held the Yankees to one run in six innings of work before New York scored two runs off Tampa Bay's bullpen.
Hicks, who also had three RBI for New York, became the first Yankee to hit a home run from both sides of the plate since Mark Teixeira on July 31, 2015.
Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth inning and and Aroldis Chapman got the save for the Yankees, who won their fourth straight game.
The Yankees want Severino to be a starter, and so far this season, I believe he has shown he has the ability to do so. More so, Severino can still become the frontline starter the Yankees thought they had. This was one of the best outings of his career and what's better is that he improved as the game went on.
On the offensive side, the Yankees received the type of game they envisioned receiving when they traded for Hicks. Hicks' work from the right side of the plate against lefties has been lacking, but he hit a big home run to put the Yankees in front tonight. The homer was the second of the game for Hicks, accounting for all the Yankees runs.
The endgame formula after Severino and Hicks - Betances and Chapman - did their job and the Yankees went over the .500 mark with their fourth straight victory.
The Yankees will welcome the St. Louis Cardinals to Yankee Stadium for an interleague matchup at 7:05 p.m. on Friday.