Bring on Boston: Yanks rout A's 7-2 in wild-card game

NEW YORK (AP) Aaron Judge got the party started with a two-run homer nine pitches in . By the time Giancarlo Stanton capped the mauling with monstrous drive in his postseason debut , New York Yankees fans already were looking ahead.

"We want Boston!" they chanted.

Coming up next.

''It's going to be intense,'' CC Sabathia predicted after the Yankees pounded the Oakland Athletics 7-2 on Wednesday night to win their second straight AL wild-card game.

New York will take a train to Boston for a best-of-five Division Series starting Friday night, a matchup of 100-win heavyweights.

''I think they're ready and relish the opportunity to go up against the game's best this year,'' Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone said of his players.

Boone remains a dirty word among the Fenway Park faithful. His 11th-inning homer in Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series beat the Red Sox. A year later Boston overcame the Yankees and became the first major league team to bounce back from a 3-0 postseason deficit. The Red Sox went on to win their first World Series since 1918, but Boone's drive off Tim Wakefield has not been forgotten or forgiven.

Boston went 10-9 against the Yankees this year and set a club record with 108 wins. New York became the first team since the 2001 A's to reach triple digits in wins and fail to finish first.

''We've just got to do our homework and come out swinging,'' said Luke Voit, who broke open the game with a two-run triple in a four-run sixth .

Luis Severino atoned for last year's flop in the wild-card game against Minnesota, pitching no-hit shutout ball into the fifth . Dellin Betances entered with two on and got six straight outs as part of a five-hitter, and the Yankees extended their home postseason winning streak to seven.

Severino let out a primal scream after escaping a bases-loaded jam in the fourth with a 99.6 fastball - his fastest pitch of the night - to strike out Marcus Semien .

Yankees fans fretted about an all-or-nothing knockout match, thinking back to last year when Severino fell behind Minnesota 3-0 just 10 pitches in. New York rallied for an 8-4 win against the Twins, but the memory remained raw.

Severino retired his first three batters in order on 10 pitches

''I think the first inning was huge for me, after all the stuff that people say on social media, all of that stuff,'' he explained.

Andrew McCutchen walked leading off the bottom half against reliever-turned starter Liam Hendricks, and Judge hit a drive over the left-field scoreboard, joining Reggie Jackson as the only Yankees with four home runs in their first seven postseason home games.

''I was already excited from the national anthem on,'' said Judge, who hit his second homer since returning in mid-September after missing seven weeks with a broken right wrist.

Short on options, A's manager Bob Melvin opted for baseball's latest fad: starting a reliever. Hendriks (the loser) had not allowed a home run since June 24, the night before he was cut from the major league roster.

''Got into some bad counts and they made me pay,'' Hendriks said.

Voit's two-run triple missed a home run by inches. Stanton added a 443-foot drive off closer Blake Treinen in the eighth that landed in left field's second deck, completing a power show by the team that set a major league record for most home runs in a season. Stanton's drive left the bat at 117.4 mph and Judge's 116.1 mph, the hardest-hit postseason home runs since measuring began in 2015.

A sellout crowd enjoyed one of those boisterous Bronx celebrations that used to be an October staple.

''Early in the game they're going to be loud. It's our job to try to take them out of it,'' Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. ''This is a tough ballpark to play in.''

Oakland has lost eight straight winner-take-all postseason games since beating Willie Mays and the New York Mets in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series, and dropped all four of their postseason matchups against the Yankees.

''It's pretty hard but I'm not disappointed at all,'' said big league home run champion Khris Davis, who hit a two-run homer off Zach Britton in the eighth . ''I think we showed some people we can do some things and I think next year, we're a little bit more of a threat.''

Severino was 14-2 at the All-Star break this year but slumped badly in the second half, and Boone's decision to start the 24-year-old right-hander against the A's instead of J.A. Happ or Masahiro Tanaka was intensely debated - the type of argument Boone used to enjoy as a television analyst who broadcast last year's wild-card game.

Severino made the move look like genius. He threw nine fastballs in the first inning, then switched to more offspeed. He threw 36 fastballs, 37 sliders and 14 changeups in all.

''Because they're patient and they're dangerous, you've got to be able to mix those pitches and you've got to be able to throw strikes with all those pitches,'' Boone said.

He struck out seven his first time through the batting order, but wound up walking four as he pitched carefully. Jonathan Lucroy and Nick Martini singled leading off the fifth, and Boone signaled for Betances to relieve.

This time, Severino had a no-decision to savor.

Betances retired Matt Chapman on a liner to right and Jed Lowrie on a fly to center, then struck out Davis with a slider and gleefully backpedaled off the mound .

''I've been waiting for this moment a long time. Last year I was a cheerleader,'' Betances said, reflecting on his reduced role last October after late-season control problems.

New York opened a 6-0 lead in the bottom half. Judge started it with a double - his grounder hit about a foot foul just beyond the batter's box, then twisted fair down the line . Aaron Hicks followed with another double off Fernando Rodney.

After Treinen walked Stanton, and Voit hit an opposite-field drive to right, thinking it was a home run and raising his right arm at the plate. He chugged into third with his first big league triple and let loose with a holler.

The burly Voit tumbled across the plate, actually making a nifty slide , to just make it home on Didi Gregorius' sacrifice fly.

Betances (the winner) pitched a perfect sixth and David Robertson a 1-2-3 seventh. Aroldis Chapman followed Britton and finished with the final two of 13 strikeouts by New York pitchers .

Oakland was a little engine that could, coming off three straight last-place finishes and last in opening-day payroll before creeping up to 28th following midseason acquisitions to bolster its injury devastated pitching staff. The A's managed to win 97 games despite a half-dozen starting pitchers getting hurt.

''We feel like with the group that we have here together that we're going to get better each and every year,'' Melvin said.

While he spoke, the Yankees were spraying Chandon in a soggy clubhouse filled with the sweet smell of California brut.

''This place was crazy tonight,'' Stanton said. ''Everything I would have expected and more.''

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  • W: D. Betances (1-0)L: L. Hendriks (0-1)
  • HR: OAK - K. Davis (1), NYY - G. Stanton (1), A. Judge (1)
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M. Semien SS30100113.333.500.333.8331.5
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  • a-struck out for Martini in the 9th
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A. McCutchen LF31000101.000.250.000.2502.0
B. Gardner LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
A. Judge RF32221110.667.7502.0002.75010.5
A. Hicks CF41110001.250.250.500.7504.0
G. Stanton DH32111110.333.5001.3331.8339.5
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N. Walker 1B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
D. Gregorius SS30110010.333.250.333.5831.5
M. Andujar 3B101001001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
A. Hechavarria 3B20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Sanchez C30000003.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Torres 2B30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
    BATTING
    • HR - K. Davis
    • RBI - K. Davis 2 (2)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 2 (2), K. Davis 2 (2), R. Laureano 2 (2), M. Semien 3 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Judge, A. Hicks
    • 3B - L. Voit
    • HR - A. Judge, G. Stanton
    • SF - D. Gregorius
    • RBI - A. Judge 2 (2), A. Hicks, G. Stanton, L. Voit 2 (2), D. Gregorius
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen, A. Hicks, G. Torres
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Stanton
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Andujar
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Hendriks (L, 0-1)1.012211118.002.00-5.5
    L. Trivino3.01001400.000.679.0
    S. Kelley1.01000000.001.002.0
    F. Rodney0.02220000.000.00-4.0
    B. Treinen2.023320113.502.00-1.0
    J. Familia1.00000100.000.003.5
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Severino4.02004700.001.509.5
    D. Betances (W, 1-0)2.00000300.000.0014.5
    D. Robertson1.00000100.000.003.5
    Z. Britton1.022210118.003.00-2.0
    A. Chapman1.01000200.001.003.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - F. Rodney
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 25-13, L. Trivino 41-24, S. Kelley 14-9, F. Rodney 5-3, B. Treinen 42-28, J. Familia 10-6
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Trivino 3-1, S. Kelley 1-2, B. Treinen 3-3, J. Familia 1-1
    • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 5, L. Trivino 10, S. Kelley 4, F. Rodney 2, B. Treinen 10, J. Familia 3
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 87-53, D. Betances 25-16, D. Robertson 12-7, Z. Britton 13-7, A. Chapman 17-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 3-3, D. Betances 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0, A. Chapman 1-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Severino 19, D. Betances 6, D. Robertson 3, Z. Britton 6, A. Chapman 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    N. Martini LF40100021.250.250.250.5000.0
    a- M. Canha PH10000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
    M. Chapman 3B50100004.200.200.200.4001.0
    J. Lowrie 2B41000013.000.000.000.0000.5
    K. Davis DH41121022.250.2501.0001.2506.0
    M. Olson 1B20000200.000.500.000.5002.0
    S. Piscotty RF30000123.000.250.000.2500.0
    R. Laureano CF30000122.000.250.000.2500.0
    M. Semien SS30100113.333.500.333.8331.5
    J. Lucroy C40100022.250.250.250.5000.0
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    • a-struck out for Martini in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. McCutchen LF31000101.000.250.000.2502.0
    B. Gardner LF00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    A. Judge RF32221110.667.7502.0002.75010.5
    A. Hicks CF41110001.250.250.500.7504.0
    G. Stanton DH32111110.333.5001.3331.8339.5
    L. Voit 1B41120020.250.250.7501.0005.0
    N. Walker 1B00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    D. Gregorius SS30110010.333.250.333.5831.5
    M. Andujar 3B101001001.0001.0001.0002.0002.0
    A. Hechavarria 3B20000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    G. Sanchez C30000003.000.000.000.0000.0
    G. Torres 2B30000012.000.000.000.000-0.5
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      BATTING
      • HR - K. Davis
      • RBI - K. Davis 2 (2)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Chapman 2 (2), K. Davis 2 (2), R. Laureano 2 (2), M. Semien 3 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge, A. Hicks
      • 3B - L. Voit
      • HR - A. Judge, G. Stanton
      • SF - D. Gregorius
      • RBI - A. Judge 2 (2), A. Hicks, G. Stanton, L. Voit 2 (2), D. Gregorius
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. McCutchen, A. Hicks, G. Torres
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Stanton
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Semien-Lowrie-Olson)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Andujar
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Hendriks (L, 0-1)1.012211118.002.00-5.5
      L. Trivino3.01001400.000.679.0
      S. Kelley1.01000000.001.002.0
      F. Rodney0.02220000.000.00-4.0
      B. Treinen2.023320113.502.00-1.0
      J. Familia1.00000100.000.003.5
      Total8.0777462---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Hendriks (L, 0-1)1.0
      L. Trivino3.0
      S. Kelley1.0
      F. Rodney0.0
      B. Treinen2.0
      J. Familia1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino4.02004700.001.509.5
      D. Betances (W, 1-0)2.00000300.000.0014.5
      D. Robertson1.00000100.000.003.5
      Z. Britton1.022210118.003.00-2.0
      A. Chapman1.01000200.001.003.0
      Total9.05225131---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino4.0
      D. Betances (W, 1-0)2.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      Z. Britton1.0
      A. Chapman1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - F. Rodney
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Hendriks 25-13, L. Trivino 41-24, S. Kelley 14-9, F. Rodney 5-3, B. Treinen 42-28, J. Familia 10-6
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Trivino 3-1, S. Kelley 1-2, B. Treinen 3-3, J. Familia 1-1
      • Batters Faced - L. Hendriks 5, L. Trivino 10, S. Kelley 4, F. Rodney 2, B. Treinen 10, J. Familia 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 87-53, D. Betances 25-16, D. Robertson 12-7, Z. Britton 13-7, A. Chapman 17-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 3-3, D. Betances 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0, A. Chapman 1-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 19, D. Betances 6, D. Robertson 3, Z. Britton 6, A. Chapman 4
      • 8TH INNING
        Stanton homered to left27
        Davis homered to right, Lowrie scored26
      • 6TH INNING
        Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Voit scored06
        Voit tripled to deep right, Hicks and Stanton scored05
        Hicks doubled to right center, Judge scored03
      • 1ST INNING
        Judge homered to left, McCutchen scored02
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Zach Britton
        • Neil Walker at first base
        • M. Semien: Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien singled to center
        • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Lucroy struck out on foul tip
        • Mark Canha hit for Nick Martini
        • M. Canha: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Canha struck out swinging
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Brett Gardner in left field
        • Zach Britton relieved David Robertson
        • M. Chapman: Ball, Strike looking, Chapman singled to shallow left center
        • J. Lowrie: Strike looking, Lowrie reached on fielder's choice to third, Chapman out at second
        • K. Davis: Davis homered to right, Lowrie scored
        • M. Olson: Ball, Olson grounded out to second
        • S. Piscotty: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Piscotty walked
        • R. Laureano: Laureano grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Treinen Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton homered to left
        • Jeurys Familia relieved Blake Treinen
        • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Ball, Hechavarria lined out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • David Robertson relieved Dellin Betances
        • M. Semien: Ball, Strike looking, Semien lined out to third
        • J. Lucroy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Lucroy lined out to left
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martini struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • B. Treinen Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Torres lined out to shortstop
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, McCutchen grounded out to third
        • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Judge walked
        • A. Hicks: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Hicks popped out to third
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Adeiny Hechavarria at third base
        • M. Olson: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Olson grounded out to first
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Piscotty struck out swinging
        • R. Laureano: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Laureano struck out looking
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Fernando Rodney relieved Shawn Kelley
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge doubled to shallow right
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks doubled to right center, Judge scored
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Hicks to third on wild pitch
        • Stanton walked
        • L. Voit: Ball, Stanton stole second, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Voit tripled to deep right, Hicks and Stanton scored
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Voit scored
        • A. Hechavarria: Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to pitcher
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Lucroy: Lucroy singled to shallow left
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Martini singled to shallow right, Lucroy to second
        • Dellin Betances relieved Luis Severino
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Chapman lined out to right
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Lowrie flied out to center
        • K. Davis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Shawn Kelley relieved Lou Trivino
        • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Andujar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Sanchez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Andujar out at second
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Foul, Torres lined out to left
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Lowrie: Lowrie flied out to left
        • K. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis safe at first on 3rd baseman Andujar throwing error
        • M. Olson: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Olson walked, Davis to second
        • S. Piscotty: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Piscotty flied out to right
        • R. Laureano: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Laureano walked, Davis to third, Olson to second
        • M. Semien: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Semien struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • L. Trivino Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Stanton lined out to right
        • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • M. Semien: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Semien walked
        • J. Lucroy: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Lucroy struck out swinging
        • N. Martini: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Martini reached on fielder's choice to first, Semien out at second
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Chapman lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Trivino Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • K. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
        • M. Olson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Olson walked
        • S. Piscotty: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Piscotty struck out looking
        • R. Laureano: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Laureano struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Lou Trivino relieved Liam Hendriks
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius reached on an infield single to second
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Andujar walked, Gregorius to second
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez grounded out to second, Gregorius to third, Andujar out at second
        • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • N. Martini: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Martini struck out looking
        • M. Chapman: Strike looking, Chapman grounded out to third
        • J. Lowrie: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Lowrie struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • L. Hendriks Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Judge homered to left, McCutchen scored
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks lined out to first
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • L. Voit: Voit flied out to deep center
        • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)