Giancarlo Stanton smacked two home runs and the Yankees scratched across a late run to take the series opener 3-2 over the Red Sox, deadlocking the teams for baseball’s best record at 25-10. The Yanks have now won 16 out of their last 17 games.
Mookie Betts tied the game at two runs apiece in the top of the seventh inning with an RBI triple. He went 2-for-4 to raise his batting average to .360 on the season. But Aaron Judge drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a single to left field.
Red Sox reliever Heath Hembree imploded as he took the loss, allowing a double and a walk and committing a balk after starting off the seventh with a groundout. Righty Joe Kelly entered the game to a smattering of boos from the Yankee faithful and allowed the go-ahead single to Judge.
Aroldis Chapman shut the door for the Yankees to earn his eighth save of the season, despite hitting center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. with a pitch.
Yankees starter Luis Severino was outstanding in a no-decision, striking out 11 in six innings. He allowed two runs on six hits with no walks. Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz, meanwhile, survived an early injury scare with his finger and gutted out six solid innings of two-run ball, despite allowing both home runs to Stanton.
Up Next: The Red Sox and Yankees do battle in the second game of the series on Wednesday night, with Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA) taking on Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39 ERA).
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