Aaron Hicks awoke a dormant offense with a two-run homer that sparked a five-run eighth inning, then threw out a runner at third in the ninth inning to help Aroldis Chapman get out of trouble, and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Red Sox 5-4 Friday night and stop Boston's winning streak at eight.
The Sox will look to rebound with their two best starting pitchers so far this year on the mound for the final two contests in NY, beginning with Drew Pomeranz on Saturday afternoon. Considering the Yankees were already trailing the Red Sox by 4.5 games these ten games seem ultra important.
It was Benintendi's third career multi-homer game. "To be able to get back into the seventh and save maybe a couple guys down in the bullpen, that's big, especially in this series". After being one of the Red Sox best pitchers through May, he's had a lot of problems.
This was easily the worst start of the season for Severino (9-5), who had been on a roll of late with a 4-0 record and 1.36 ERA in six starts from July 8 to August 6.
Benintendi had gone into a slump after the All-Star break, and Farrell sat him down for a couple games. Trying to continue that run of strong pitching on Friday will be left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who opposes NY newcomer Jaime Garcia. "He's continued to improve all year long", Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. Jean Segura's throwing error allowed Mike Trout to score the tiebreaking run, leaving the Angels and Mariners a half-game behind Minnesota for the second AL wild-card berth. "It doesn't fall off".
That was a promising start, and one the Red Sox hoped Rodriguez could build on. He has a 1.23 walks plus hits per inning pitched (WHIP) and opponents are hitting.226 against him.
Brewers starter Jimmy Nelson (9-6) absorbed most of the damage, allowing 10 runs - nine earned - on 11 hits and three walks while striking out four over 3 2/3 innings.
Luis Severino has come through time and again for the Yankees this season.
Montgomery sat on the bench for a few minutes holding a towel to his head before going down into the clubhouse, per Rosenthal. "He feels good physically and another quality start on his part".
"Something I can't control, " said Montgomery (7-6, 4.05 ERA).
Montgomery, a 24-year-old rookie lefthander, is 7-6 on the year with a 4.05 ERA and 1.24 WHIP.
Down 5-2 in the fourth, the Yankees loaded the bases with none out on singles by Gregorius and Chase Headley around a walk to Todd Frazier. In seven career appearances (six starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 3.00 against the Yankees. He returned to the 10-day disabled list for the third time this season with left knee inflammation. Base-running aggressiveness is nothing new this season for the Red Sox. And to the Yankees' suggestion that they could manage his innings in a less stressful situation in the minors, the lefty had a similar take.