Red Sox hold off Yankees 6-5 in 10 for 3-game sweep in Bronx
Eager to reverse a recent trend, Marwin González, Xander Bogaerts and the Boston Red Sox are off to a terrific start against their old rivals this season.
Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning and the Red Sox held off the New York Yankees 6-5 in a wild finish Sunday night for their first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.
González launched a tying homer in the seventh and made a slick defensive play at second base with a runner in scoring position for the final out. A fired-up González also turned a tough double play in the bottom of the 10th - and committed a throwing error that put Tyler Wade on second with two outs after his RBI infield single.
"It was a total team effort," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "We just grind games and we keep playing till the end."
Gleyber Torres lined a tying double in the bottom of the ninth off closer Matt Barnes, but Boston (36-23) recovered to win its fourth straight and move a season-high 13 games over .500.
New York went 9-1 versus the Red Sox last year and had won nine straight home series against them since August 2017 until Boston took the first three of 19 meetings this season.
It was the first sweep for the Red Sox in the longtime rivalry since taking four games at Fenway Park in August 2018 during their World Series championship season.
Alex Verdugo homered on the fifth pitch from Yankees starter Domingo Germán, the only run he gave up in 5 2/3 innings.
González connected for a two-run shot off reliever Lucas Luetge following a leadoff walk on four pitches to Hunter Renfroe.
"It's no secret I've been grinding offensively lately," said González, who began the night batting .201 with one home run. "It was special to hit that homer and tie the game."
Bogaerts lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth after three-time Gold Glove second baseman DJ LeMahieu misplayed pinch-hitter Christian Arroyo's popup into a leadoff double that glanced off his glove in shallow right field.
"We got lucky there," Cora said.
Bogaerts singled to left-center in the 10th off Luis Cessa (1-1) after Arroyo advanced two runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Boston is 15-3 in its last 18 games against AL East opponents and leads the majors with 21 comeback wins.
Phillips Valdéz started the critical double play in the bottom of the 10th and got three outs for his first major league save.
Barnes (2-1) was handed his second blown save in 16 chances this year. The right-hander was trying for his third save of the series.
Gary Sánchez had a two-run double off starter Garrett Richards in the first inning for the fourth-place Yankees, who have dropped four in a row and 10 of 13.
"No concern at all. We're a really good team," Sánchez said through a translator. "There's no doubt that we're going to be able to get out of it."
With runners at the corners and the game tied with two outs in the ninth, pinch-hitter Rougned Odor was called out on a 3-2 breaking ball from Barnes that was clearly outside. Before the next inning began, Yankees coach Phil Nevin was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales for arguing.
Nevin just returned to the dugout Friday for the first time since May 9 because of a difficult bout with the coronavirus and a couple of serious infections.
Moments later, Carlos Mendoza was tossed from the New York dugout by second base ump and crew chief Bill Miller after Bobby Dalbec walked on a close 3-2 pitch to open the 10th. Mendoza, the team's bench coach, has been filling in as third base coach for Nevin.
Red Sox: J.D. Martinez sat out again after getting scratched from the lineup Saturday night. The slugger jammed his left wrist sliding into a base Friday night. Cora said Martinez was a little sore, but X-rays were negative and the team thinks another day or two off will benefit him. Cora said the Red Sox feel Martinez is progressing and, as of now, won't land on the injured list. "It's just us thinking ahead and not pushing it so hard," the manager explained. Martinez is 1 for 11 with six strikeouts against Germán.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino reached 99 mph with his fastball and threw 24 of 34 pitches for strikes in a rehab start for Low-A Tampa, his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020. He allowed one run and two hits with three strikeouts in 2 2/3 innings. "Very encouraged," manager Aaron Boone said. "Sounds like today was another positive step." Severino's next outing is scheduled for Saturday with a higher-level farm team in the Northeast. ... Slumping DH Giancarlo Stanton was rested, and Boone acknowledged he thinks the slugger is dealing with "some residual stuff" physically. Stanton returned from a left quadriceps strain on May 28. He struck out as a pinch-hitter with a runner on to end the eighth.
NOT QUITE THE SAME
Cora on the current state of the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry: "I think there were more characters when I played. It was fun," he said, adding there were a lot more fights in the stands, too. "Nothing against this beautiful facility, but the feeling in the other one was a lot different."
Red Sox: Nick Pivetta (6-1, 3.77 ERA) pitches Monday evening at Fenway Park against Miami RHP Pablo López (1-3, 2.82) in the makeup of a May 30 postponement.
Yankees: Following a day off, LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 3.92 ERA) starts Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series at Minnesota against former Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda (3-3, 3.40).