Giancarlo Stanton hit two home runs, Luis Severino struck out 11 batters in six innings, and the Yankees jumped out to a 3-2 series-opening win over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
Stanton put the Yankees on the board in the second inning with a solo home run to left field, then hit another solo shot in the fourth inning for his ninth homer of the season.
Severino allowed just two runs across six innings, with the only blemishes being Andrew Benintendi's RBI single in the fifth and Mookie Betts' game-tying RBI triple in the seventh, which was allowed by David Robertson but charged to Severino, who allowed a leadoff single to Eduardo Nunez.
Aaron Judge broke a 2-2 tie in the bottom half of the seventh when he drove in Neil Walker for the Yankees' third run.
Stanton, who went 2-for-3, led the Yankees' offense on a night when the rest of the team lineup accounted for only four other hits and struggled to get much going against Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz allowed two runs in six innings of work.
Chad Geen pitched a scoreless eighth inning and closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his eighth save of the season.
The Yankees have now won seven straight games and 16 of their last 17.
That ball was in quite the hurry. pic.twitter.com/UFlRm9OdY5- New York Yankees (@Yankees) May 8, 2018
The Yankees had to get a win with their ace on the mound against a strong Boston club. They barely squeaked one out in a game that could have gone either way. But, a win is a win, and the Yanks are now in a tie with the Red Sox for first place.
The Yankees received another stellar performance from a rotation member and it could have been even better. Severino was quite good, marking his second straight game with at least 10 strikeouts, but was unnecessarily extended in the fifth inning when a ball got by Gary Sanchez on one of those strikeouts. That resulted in more batters faced than he should have and may have limited Severino's ability to pitch even deeper into the game.
Severino was backed by one man tonight in Stanton, who had his third two-homer game of the season. The rest of the club squandered plenty of scoring chances -- failed to scored with two on and no one out in the second inning, a bad send by third base coach Phil Nevin and poor base-running being the other culprits. Regardless, the Yankees have won 16 out of their last 17 games and have clawed their way to the top of the division.
What's next: The Yankees and Red Sox will continue their series on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.