Luis Severino only lasted 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 2 HR, but it was enough to win his 14th game of the season as the Yanks beat Toronto 8-5 on Saturday.
The win keeps the 57-29 Yanks two games behind Boston.
Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge hit back-to-back HRs to lead off the game. For Gardner, #6 and for Judge, #25. Later in that first inning, Brandon Drury hit a 2-run double.
Seve gave up a 2-run HR in the second, but Brett Gardner hit a 2-run triple in the third and then scored on a PB. 7-2 Yanks.
Severino gave up a HR in the fourth. 7-3.
Toronto got a run in the sixth, 7-4.
In the ninth, Miguel Andujar singled and Didi Gregorius singled him home. 8-4. Chasen Shreve gave up a HR in the ninth for the final of 8-5, Yanks.
Aaron Hicks and Aroldis Chapman both had to leave the game with minor injuries. Both are probably out for Sunday but hopefully, it appears that neither is long-term.
Before the game, the Yanks DFA’d David Hale and brought up Clint Frazier. Frazier had to be used when Hicks had to be pulled.
Also, Jonathan Loiasiga appears to be DL-bound. Shoulder inflammation. He is seeing a doctor on Monday.
The Yanks drew 10 walks in the game.
Gardner 2 hits, HR, triple, 3 RBI.
Judge solo HR.
Drury 2 RBI
Severino (W, 14-2, 2.12) 5 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 2 HR.
Holder 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 2.04
Robertson (H, 14) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. 3.43
Betances (H, 13) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 2.56
Chapman 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.42
Shreve 2/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.99 Gave up 1 HR.