The Yankees received a quality start from James Paxton and some power from Gleyber Torres to beat the Red Sox 4-2 on Friday night. >> Box score
Four takeaways from Friday's game
1) Gleyber Torres turned the Yankees' two-run deficit to a two run lead in one swing. After a DJ LeMahieu single and a pair of walks, Torres launched a grand slam into the seats in left field. Torres' 21st homer of the season gave the Yankees the lead after one.
2) James Paxton entered the game coming off a pair of rough outing, including his last time out against the Red Sox, but he was tremendous on Friday. Over six innings, Paxton allowed a pair of runs on just two hits. The Red Sox scored twice in the first inning on a JD Martinez long ball, but Paxton settled down after that inning, striking out six hitters.
3) The Yankees turned the ball over to the bullpen in the seventh inning with a 4-2 lead. Tommy Kahnle pitched a scoreless seventh, and Zack Britton pitched a one-two-three eighth. In the ninth, Aroldis Chapman entered with that two-run lead still intact. Like Britton, Chapman pitched an easy inning, closing out the win for his 28th save of the season.
4) In his first game back following a stint on the 10-day Injured List, Brett Gardner went 0-3 with a strikeout.
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The Yankees and Red Sox play a split doubleheader on Saturday. In Game 1, Domingo German (13-2, 4.08 ERA) will get the ball for the Yankees against lefty Chris Sale (5-10, 4.26 ERA).