Benintendi took Severino deep to right field in the third and fifth innings as Boston twice hung five-run frames on the right-hander, whose four-start win streak was snapped in his worst effort of the season. Hurt by his defense at times, Severino was charged with 10 runs (eight earned) on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Left-hander Drew Pomeranz breezed to the victory, holding the Yankees to three runs and seven hits over 6 2/3 innings as he improved to 6-0 with a 2.42 ERA in his last 11 starts. Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer, his 19th, in the first inning. Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury hit back-to-back homers in the ninth, but it was too late to save New York from its seventh loss in 11 contests.
Boston finished 4-for-11 with runners in scoring position after Yankees hurlers had limited them to just three hits in 64 such at-bats (.047) over their first 10 meetings this season.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Wanna be startin’ somethin’: Severino retired the first seven batters before Christian Vazquez worked a nine-pitch walk, a battle that started the unraveling of the Yanks’ ace. Another walk to Jackie Bradley Jr. followed and third baseman Todd Frazier booted a potential double-play ball, loading the bases. Mookie Betts cashed a two-run single and Benintendi launched a projected 371-foot blast to right for his 15th homer, coming off the bat at 106.3 mph, according to Statcast™.
Stop right there: The lopsided outcome obscured the close nature of the game in the fourth inning, when Jacoby Ellsbury’s RBI groundout trimmed Boston’s lead to 5-3 with the Yanks threatening for more. Pomeranz buckled down to record the next two outs, inducing Ronald Torreyes to foul out and getting Brett Gardner to pop out to shortstop. Boston responded by hanging another five-spot on Severino in the top of the fifth.
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