The Yanks jumped out to an early 11-1 lead and held on for a 13-8 win over Boston up in Fenway yesterday. They remain 1 1/2 back of Toronto in the AL East (don’t the Blue Jays ever lose?) with a 74-58 record.
The Yanks hit five HR in the game.
After Masahiro Tanaka gave up a run in the first, the Yanks bounced back with eight in the second. Greg Bird (3) hit a 2-run HR and it was immediately followed by John Ryan Murphy’s solo blast (2). Chris Young’s single made it 4-1, A-Rod’s single 6-1 and then Carlos Beltran’s 2-run HR (14, 387th career) made it 8-1.
Stephen Drew’s 3-run HR in the third (17) made it 11-1 Yanks.
In the fifth, Didi Gregorius’ solo shot (8) made it 12-1.
Then the Yanks had to hold on. The one thing I didn’t like was that after taking a 12-1 lead, the Yanks still had to use Wilson, Betances and Miller because some middle relievers struggled. Oh well, today is a day off anyway, but how nice it would have been to give Wilson, Betances and Miller all two days off.
Tanaka gave up a run in the fifth, a HR in the sixth…. 12-3.
Boston got two in the seventh off of Tanaka and Andrew Bailey, who was making his first MLB appearance in over two years. 12-5.
Jose Pirela singled in a run for the Yanks in the eighth. 13-5, then Boston tacked on three late runs for the final score of 13-8.
Gregorius, after a slow start, is on fire, getting his average up to .272. Even Drew, way under .200 for most of the year, is now at .211.
It was Joe Girardi’s 800th career win as manager.
Tanaka (W, 11-6, 3.73) 6 1/3 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 walk and 5 K.
Bailey 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 walks and 0 K. 27.00
Wilson 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 3.17.
Mitchell 1/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 1 walk and 0 K. 4.56
Betances 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 1.30
Cotham 0 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 12.27
Miller 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walks and 1 K. 1.86.