NY Yankees 6, Boston 4
When: 7:05 PM ET, Saturday, August 3, 2019
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Special Recap for Digital Sports Desk by Field Level Media
BRONX – Gleyber Torres homered in consecutive at-bats and Mike Tauchman delivered the go-ahead two-run single as the New York Yankees recorded a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox to complete a doubleheader sweep Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
In front of the largest paid crowd (48,101) of the season, the Yankees won their fourth straight and beat Boston for the 10th time in 14 meetings this season to move 13 1/5 games ahead of the third-place Red Sox in the AL East. The Red Sox are on their longest losing streak — seven consecutive games — since July 2015, and their 54th loss matches their total from last season.
Torres electrified the crowd by producing his fifth multi-homer game of the season. He started the scoring in a three-run third off Brian Johnson with a one-out drive into the left field seats, then hit a game-tying drive in the fifth off Josh Taylor that reached the second deck in left.
It was the seventh career multi-homer game for Torres, who hit his 22nd and 23rd homers of the season.
Torres nearly hit a third homer when he led off the seventh with a double against Matt Barnes (3-4) off the top of the right-field wall that missed going into the seats by a few inches. Aaron Hicks and Gio Urshela kept the inning going with walks and Tauchman snapped a 4-4 deadlock by hitting a 2-1 breaking ball into left field.
The Yankees won the opener, 9-2, and swept Boston in a doubleheader for the first time since Aug. 18, 2006, at Fenway Park, and swept the Red Sox in a doubleheader at home for the first time since Sept. 16, 1997.
Rafael Devers hit a two-run homer in the third off Nestor Cortes Jr. to give the Red Sox a 2-0 lead but Cameron Maybin’s two-run double in the bottom half gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The Red Sox regained the lead in the fourth on a two-run single by Mookie Betts.
Chad Green was used as New York’s opener and faced four hitters in one-plus scoreless innings. Cortes and Chance Adams followed and each allowed two runs in two innings.
Adam Ottavino pitched a scoreless sixth and Tommy Kahnle (3-0) tossed a scoreless seventh. Zack Britton escaped a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by striking out Devers and Aroldis Chapman converted his 29th save in 34 chances.
Johnson returned from missing over a month due to a non-baseball related medical matter and allowed three runs on eight hits in three innings.
NY Yankees 9, Boston Red Sox 2
When: 1:05 PM ET, Saturday, August 3, 2019
Where: Yankee Stadium, Bronx
By Field Level Media
BRONX – DJ LeMahieu homered twice as the New York Yankees battered Chris Sale again and cruised to a 9-2 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox in the opener of a day-night doubleheader.
LeMahieu hit his fourth career leadoff homer and then hit a three-run homer that gave the Yankees a 7-1 lead with two outs in the fourth. LeMahieu hit Sale’s 2-1 changeup into the right-field seats after the Yankees took a 4-1 lead on an RBI single by Breyvic Valera and a two-run base hit by Brett Gardner.
It was LeMahieu’s third career multi-homer game and gave him a career-high 17 for the season. He also had three hits and his big game helped the Yankees move a season-high 12 1/2 games ahead of third-place Boston in the American League East.
The Yankees beat Sale (5-11) for the fourth time this season and have scored 22 earned runs in 20 innings while hitting six homers off the left-hander.
After LeMahieu’s homer, Sale was lifted after allowing a ground-rule double to Aaron Judge. Judge later scored New York’s eighth run on a base hit by Edwin Encarnacion. Encarnacion also added an RBI single in the sixth off Josh Smith and stayed in the game after getting plunked on the right wrist in the eighth.
Sale was visibly upset with plate umpire Mike Estabrook throughout his second-shortest start of the season He was ejected as he walked off the mound and profanely barked at Estabrook.
Boston manager Alex Cora was ejected earlier in the inning as the Red Sox dropped their season-high sixth straight game. It is their longest slide since losing eight straight in July 2015.
Cora made a mound visit before Gardner’s at-bat and as Estabrook walked to the mound to break it up, he turned around, began arguing and was immediately ejected.
Sale tied a career worst by allowing eight earned runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He struck out four, walked none and saw his ERA climb to 9.90 against the Yankees this season. It was the fifth time he allowed eight earned runs and the first since July 8, 2016, against Atlanta.
Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered for the Red Sox, whose 53 losses are one shy of their total from last season.
New York’s Domingo German (14-2) won his fifth straight decision, allowing two runs on five hits in seven innings. He struck out seven and walked none and became the first Yankees starter to complete seven innings since CC Sabathia on July 6 against Tampa Bay.