Luis Severino cruised through seven scoreless innings of work and Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox, 3-1, on Wednesday. >> Box score
Severino gave up just three hits and struck out seven batters for the Yankees before Dellin Betances pitched a scoreless eighth inning. Aroldis Chapman earned the save, but not before Boston ended the Yankees' shutout bid when Chris Young's RBI groundout put the Red Sox on the board in the ninth.
The Yankees only had five hits, but they made them count: Judge's home run in the second inning and and Greg Bird's line drive RBI single in the sixth were all they needed.
Rick Porcello gave up two earned runs in six and 2/3 innings for the Red Sox.
The Yankees return to action on Thursday at 7:10 p.m in the final game of their series with the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Chris Carelli, SNY.TV
Judge celebrated his 25th birthday with a bang and made a fantastic catch as he dove into the stands for a foul ball. Judge later took a walk that led to another run. The home runs are great, but Judge's defense has also been impressive and he's simply having better overall plate appearances this season. Judge had a great game, but the spotlight should be on Severino.
Tonight's effort marks three straight starts for Severino in which he was flat out dealing. However, this time Severino did not make that singular mistake to alter his pitching line. The Red Sox have one of the better offensive units in the game, but Severino handled them fairly easily, with just one circumstance in which he was in trouble.
Severino has answered critics thus far this season after a miserable 2016 season as a starter in the big leagues. At 23 years old, the Yankees made the right call in giving Severino some rope as a starter. Now, Severino, like Judge at the plate, is becoming a must-see when he is on the mound.