David Price was knocked out early, Gary Sanchez hit two home runs, and the Yankees bounced back from a series-opening loss to beat the Red Sox on Saturday night, 6-2, in Game 2 of the ALDS. >> Box score
1) David Price hasn't had the edge over the Yankees since coming over to Boston, and that proved true again tonight. He lasted just 1.2 innings after allowing three runs on three hits, including two solo shots from Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. Price owns a 7.95 ERA in 12 starts against the Yankees this season.
2) The Yankees' offense went to work early on and pulled away from the Red Sox for good in the sixth. Judge's first-inning solo blast over the Green Monster was the first of three long balls on the night for the Yankees. Sanchez finished with two round-trippers, including a three-run homer in the sixth. Andrew McCutchen added an RBI single as he plated Gleyber Torres in the second inning.
3) Masahiro Tanaka allowed just one run -- Xander Bogaerts' solo homer -- in five innings for New York. He allowed three hits, walked one batter, and struck out four while throwing 78 pitches.
4) Dellin Betances used nine pitches to shut down the Red Sox in the sixth inning, but gave up an RBI double to Ian Kinsler in the bottom of the seventh. Zach Britton pitched a scoreless eighth to pave the way for Aroldis Chapman, who walked a batter but escaped the ninth inning unscathed to earn the save.
Highlights from tonight's game
The Yankees had to get this win and the pitching matchup was the best they could have drawn.
While Tanaka was not all that good against the Red Sox this season, he has a fine track record in the postseason, coming into the game with a tidy 1.44 ERA in 25 playoff innings. He held the Red Sox in check, getting the Yanks to the bullpen after five one-run innings.
Tanaka's counterpart, Price, has been manhandled by the Yankees for much of his time with the Red Sox and was destroyed by the Bombers this season (10.34 ERA in 15 2/3 regular season innings). The least surprising result against Price was Sanchez's home run. Coming into the game, Sanchez had five home runs among his six career hits against Price in 13 at-bats.
Sanchez's performance tonight is the exact reason why the Yankees will continue to work with him behind the plate and are willing to look past the offensive struggles in the regular season. Plain and simple, Sanchez is 25 years old and he can be a perennial game-changer. Tonight he changed the course of this series as it heads to New York tied and with home field advantage.
The rivalry makes its way to the Bronx for Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday at 7:40 p.m. It will be Luis Severino and Rick Porcello to try and set the tone for both clubs on the mound.