NEW YORK – CC Sabathia shut down the high-scoring Red Sox, Greg Bird hit two home runs and Aaron Judge connected off a college teammate as the New York Yankees bopped Boston 8-1 on Friday night to retake the top record in the majors.
Not since the famed Bucky Dent playoff game in 1978 had the Yankees and Red Sox met so late in a season when they owned the two best marks in baseball. Home runs decided this matchup, too, with Miguel Andujar also going deep for New York.
The biggest crowd of the year at Yankee Stadium was in the spirit as lines forming outside the gates more than 3 1/2 hours before the start. The pro-Yankees chants began prior to the first pitch, the anti-Boston shouts soon followed.
Sabathia (5-3) helped end Boston’s four-game winning streak, less than a month from his 38th birthday. He gave up one run and six hits in seven innings.
Steve Pearce, acquired a day earlier from Toronto, batted cleanup in his debut for Boston and doubled and singled off Sabathia. No matter, the big lefty improved to 6-0 in his last seven starts against Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez (9-3) gave up five early runs. Boston fell to 3-4 against their rivals this season, and 12 more games are left.
Judge connected for his 21st homer, a two-run drive in the seventh off Justin Haley. Before the game, the former Fresno State players chatted for a while behind the cage during batting practice – the rookie reliever angrily kicked at the mound dirt as Judge circled the bases.
Gleyber Torres tripled and scored on Andujar’s single in the second. Torres added a sacrifice fly in a four-run fourth, capped by back-to-back homers from Andujar and Bird. Bird added a solo drive in the eighth. The Yankees lead the majors with 131 home runs.
NATIONALS 17, PHILLIES 7: At Philadelphia, Juan Soto hit two of Washington’s seven home runs, finishing with four hits and five RBIs, and the Nationals routed Philadelphia.
Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Nationals, who set a season high for homers. Washington had scored just three runs while losing three straight. Rendon added two doubles and three RBIs, and Harper also contributed three hits and three RBIs.
Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Carlos Santana homered for Philadelphia. Kingery was a triple shy of the cycle. The teams combined for 28 hits, including 16 for extra bases, on a steamy night in Philadelphia with the game-time temperature 90 degrees.
Erick Fedde (1-3) earned his first major league win in his eighth career start, allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks.
Nick Pivetta (4-7) was the loser.
RAYS 3, ASTROS 2: At St. Petersburg, Florida, Wilmer Font and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and Tampa Bay snapped Houston’s 11-game road winning streak.
Font (2-3) allowed one run and one hit over five-plus innings before an injury forced him to leave the game. Diego Castillo, Chaz Roe, Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado held the Astros in check the rest of the way. Alvarado got the final out for his second save.
A strained right lat caused Font’s early exit.
Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, who lost for just fourth time in 22 games overall. Gerrit Cole (9-2) gave up three runs – one earned – and five hits in six innings to end his seven-game winning streak.
ANGELS 7, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Mike Trout celebrated his return to center field with a solo home run and an impressive catch, and Los Angeles beat Baltimore to snap a six-game skid.
Martin Maldonado also homered for Los Angeles, Andrelton Simmons had four hits and Felix Pena (1-0) allowed five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings.
Back in the outfield after an ineffective nine-day stretch as a designated hitter, Trout hit his 24th home run in the first inning off David Hess (2-5) to spark the Angels to their first win in a week. The two-time AL MVP reached base three times and ran down a liner in the gap to rob Danny Valencia of a potential fourth-inning double.
Baltimore owns the worst record in the majors (23-58), and is playing at a pace to lose 116 games. The Orioles have dropped 16 of 17 at home and are 0-14 against the AL West.
CUBS 10, TWINS 6: At Chicago, Addison Russell hit his second career grand slam, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had two-run homers and Chicago rallied to beat Minnesota.
Kyle Schwarber added his 16th home run, a solo shot in seventh, and Anthony Rizzo completed Chicago’s scoring with an RBI single in the eighth. The Cubs have won three in a row after dropping four straight.
Russell’s second homer in two days chased Jose Berrios (8-6) with one out the fifth and put Chicago ahead for the first time, 6-5.
Minnesota’s Joe Mauer homered among three hits and finished with a season-high five RBIs. Coming through twice with two outs, Mauer hit a three-run shot in the second and lined a two-run double off starter Mike Montgomery (3-2) in the fourth.
Brandon Morrow got the final out for his 17th save.
GIANTS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: At Phoenix, Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings, Austin Slater had a pair of RBI doubles and San Francisco beat Arizona.
Suarez (3-4) gave up a run, scattering seven hits in his first win in five starts.
Slater, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento four times this season – most recently last Saturday – doubled in a run off Patrick Corbin in the second and knocked in the go-ahead score off Andrew Chafin (1-3) in the seventh. Slater also singled.
Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since April 13, 2014.
BREWERS 8, REDS 2: At Cincinnati, Keon Broxton homered twice and drove in four runs, and Chase Anderson pitched two-hit ball for six innings, leading Milwaukee past Cincinnati.
The Brewers won their seventh straight against the Reds, their best such streak against Cincinnati in franchise history. Milwaukee is 7-1 overall in the season series.
Broxton had an RBI single, a solo homer, and a two-run shot as the Brewers pulled away with five runs in the ninth inning. Broxton also dashed from third to score during a rundown play in the eighth.
Anderson (6-6) completed his rough month with one of his best performances. The right-hander was 1-3 in five previous June starts. He limited the Reds to Tucker Barnhart’s single through the first five innings. Reliever Michael Lorenzen connected in the sixth inning for his second homer in a week and his fourth career. Sal Romano (4-8) was the loser.
BLUE JAYS 3, TIGERS 2: At Toronto, Marcus Stroman pitched seven innings to get his first win this season, Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run and Toronto handed Detroit its 10th consecutive loss.
It’s Detroit’s longest losing streak since a 10-game skid from Sept. 13 to 22, 2003.
Stroman (1-5) had not won since beating the New York Yankees last Sept. 24 in Toronto’s final home game of the 2017 season. The right-hander struck out four and didn’t issue a walk for the first time in nine starts this season. Seunghwan Oh pitched the eighth, and Tyler Clippard gave up an infield single to begin the ninth but retired the next three batters in order for his fifth save in nine chances.
Francisco Liriano (3-4) was the loser.
MARLINS 8, METS 2: At Miami, Sandy Alcantara allowed just one run over five innings to win his first career start, heling Miami beat New York.
Alcantara (1-0) struck out two and gave up five walks and three hits. The 22-year old right-hander was the top prospect acquired in the offseason trade that sent Marcell Ozuna to the St. Louis Cardinals. Alcantara made eight relief appearances for the Cardinals last season.
JT Riddle hit a three-run homer, and Lewis Brinson, who had three hits, also homered in a pivotal six-run third inning. New York’s Corey Oswalt (0-1) started in place of Jacob deGrom, who was scratched hours before the game to deal with a family matter. The Mets expect deGrom to start Saturday.
RANGERS 11, WHITE SOX 3: At Arlington, Texas, Shin-Soo Choo reached base for the 41st straight game and hit one of five Texas home runs in the first three innings against Chicago.
Rougned Odor, Robinson Chirinos and Nomar Mazara homered in a seven-run second inning. Joey Gallo and Choo went deep in the third.
The Rangers have won 10 of their last 12 games. The White Sox reached their season’s halfway point at 28-53, one win better than the franchise’s worst record through 81 games.
Yovani Gallardo (2-0), making his third start since joining Texas on June 17, retired his first 10 batters and allowed all three runs on four hits and one walk in 7 1/3 seven innings. Gallardo struck out seven. Dylan Covey (3-3) allowed four homers and nine runs – eight earned – in 2 1/3 innings.
BRAVES 5, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Julio Teheran pitched six scoreless innings and Johan Camargo had a two-run double among his three hits to help Atlanta beat St. Louis.
Teheran (6-5) allowed two hits, struck out four and walked two. It was the fifth time this season he has tossed six or more scoreless innings in 16 starts. He walked the first two batters and retired 15 of the next 16. Dan Winkler picked up his first major league save by retiring the only two batters he faced.
Miles Mikolas (8-3) gave up one run on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Cardinals.
ROCKIES 3, DODGERS 1: At Los Angeles, Tyler Anderson tossed eight shutout innings, Pat Valaika, Nolan Arenado and Chris Iannetta homered, and Colorado beat Los Angeles.
Anderson (5-3) struck out eight and walked one on 96 pitches. The left-hander retired his first 11 batters before giving up a two-out single to Justin Turner in the fourth. Matt Kemp singled leading off the fifth and Yasiel Puig narrowly beat out the throw on a two-out bunt in the same inning.
Iannetta homered leading off the ninth, extending Colorado’s lead to 3-0. Arenado hit a solo shot in the eighth and Valaika homered over the center field fence for Colorado’s first run in the fifth.
Rich Hill (1-3) pitched solidly in his third start since coming off the disabled list because of a finger blister. Only one of his six hits was for extra bases, a double by Trevor Story in the sixth.
ATHLETICS 3, INDIANS 1: At Oakland, California, Paul Blackburn pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and Oakland won its fifth straight game.
Marcus Semien and Khris Davis drove in runs against Trevor Bauer (7-6) as the A’s followed up a four-game sweep at Detroit with a win in the opener of a five-game homestand.
Jed Lowrie added a solo homer in the eighth off Zach McAllister to move Oakland a season-high seven games over .500.
Blackburn (2-2) had a 12.70 ERA his past three starts and struggled early against Cleveland, with four of the first seven batters reaching base safely. But a caught stealing and a double play helped him make it through the first two innings unscathed and he settled down from there.
MARINERS 4, ROYALS 1: At Seattle, Marco Gonzales pitched a six-hitter for his first career complete game, Mitch Haniger and Mike Zunino homered, and Seattle beat Kansas City.
Gonzales (8-5) struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk while throwing just 96 pitches. His previous career high was 7 1/3 innings pitched against Tampa Bay earlier this month.
Royals starter Ian Kennedy (1-8) retired the first 10 batters he faced before running into trouble in the fourth.
PIRATES 6, PADRES 3: At San Diego, Joe Musgrove pitched seven shutout innings against his hometown team and Jody Mercer homered to lead Pittsburgh over sloppy San Diego.
Musgrove (3-3), a 2011 graduate of Grossmont High in suburban El Cajon, was facing the Padres for the first time in his three-year big league career. He allowed seven singles while striking out five and walking two.
Felipe Vazquez got the last two outs for his 16th save.
The Pirates won for the third time in nine games and the Padres lost for the 10th time in 12 games.
Eric Lauer (3-5) allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits in five innings, struck out three and walked none.
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