New York's offense was quiet throughout the game, but a strong performance by the pitching staff and clutch at-bats by Matt Holliday and Didi Gregorius helped the Yankees win their first game since returning from the All-Star break. >> Box score
Holliday hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to tie the game at 1-1. In the 16th inning, Gregorius hit an RBI single to give the Yankees the lead for good, and Austin Romine's RBI single thereafter gave the Yankees an insurance run before Gary Sanchez's sacrifice fly provided the Yankees with a three-run lead.
Both teams struggled at the plate in key situations throughout most of the game behind strong outings by each starting pitcher. Luis Severino allowed one run in seven innings for New York and Chris Sale pitched seven and 2/3 scoreless innings for Boston.
Six Yankees relievers combined to pitch nine scoreless innings following Severino's departure. Jonathan Holder pitched three innings in relief and Ben Heller, who earned the win, pitched two innings.
The Yankees got one back after a tough loss Friday night. It just took a lot longer to wrap it up than they may have wanted.
The Yankees received a fantastic start from Severino, who stuck neck and neck with Sale, the hands on favorite for the American League Cy Young Award. Severino's effort was much needed after Jordan Montgomery managed just four innings in his start yesterday.
Despite Severino's lengthy outing, the Yankees needed nine innings from the bullpen. They were up to the task today, holding the Red Sox scoreless.
That's 14 innings in two days from the bullpen and just two runs. This is a big step for the Yankees, who endured terrible bullpen work leading up to the All-Star break. Maybe the page on some poor play has been turned and the club can claw back into the AL East race.
The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap up their series with a doubleheader on Sunday. Bryan Mitchell (1-1, 5.06 ERA) will start for the Yankees, while Rick Porcello (4-11, 4.75 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.