Holliday returns with 3-run HR, Yankees beat Red Sox 5-1

NEW YORK (AP) Matt Holliday once again became a bruising designated hitter against his former designated sitter.

Holliday made a smashing return to the Yankees' lineup after being sidelined a month, launching a three-run homer that led Masahiro Tanaka and New York over the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 5-1 Saturday.

''We've missed that,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees, already holding the top spot in the wild-card race, pulled within 4 1/2 games of Boston. The rivals close their season series Sunday night.

Holliday has hit two big home runs against the Red Sox this season. His link to Boston manager John Farrell goes back a lot farther.

When Holliday was 3 or 4 years old, his dad was the pitching coach at Oklahoma State - the school where Farrell pitched. And occasionally, Farrell babysat for the future big league slugger.

''I've known him a long time,'' Holliday said.

Not that anyone would've expected the connection would someday lead to Holliday connecting like this.

''That's part of life, I guess,'' Farrell said.

Holliday hadn't played in the majors since going on the disabled list in early August with a back injury. He was activated from his second DL stint this year on Friday, but sat out a 4-1 loss.

Holliday was greeted with ''Welcome Back'' by the public address announcer when the lineups were introduced, drawing a rippling of applause. Later, he revved up the sellout crowd of 46,536 on a holiday weekend.

''I'm just glad to be part of the team, back on the field,'' Holliday said. ''I mean, these are big games. I want to be part of it.''

It was 1-all in the sixth inning when Holliday hit a drive to left off Drew Pomeranz (14-5) estimated at 443 feet. Holliday pointed toward the Yankees dugout on his way toward first base after his 17th home run - his previous homer was July 15, a tying shot in the ninth off Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel at Fenway Park in a game New York won in the 16th.

''I beat him in there a few times,'' Pomeranz said. ''I think it was a pretty good pitch but I think it was what he was looking for. He put the right swing on it.''

Chase Headley also homered, getting three hits as the Yankees ended Pomeranz's career-best eight-game winning streak.

Tanaka (11-10) gave up five hits and one run , which scored on his wild pitch. He left after a leadoff single in the eighth, and tipped his cap as he walked off to a standing ovation.

The Yankees have won two of three in the series so far, holding Boston to 0 for 15 with runners in scoring position.

Jacoby Ellsbury tripled and scored on a single by Gary Sanchez in the Yankees seventh. Ellsbury entered after center fielder Aaron Hicks exited with tightness in his left oblique.

Hicks tweaked his side making a fine running catch on the warning track. He was having an MRI.

ROLLIN'

The first big weekend of college football brought out the Bama in relievers Craig Kimbrel and David Robertson. Kimbrel, born in Huntsville, wore an Alabama football jersey in the Boston clubhouse while Robertson, who went to Paul W. Bryant High School in Tuscaloosa and pitched for the Crimson Tide, had a Bama shirt. Top-ranked Alabama opened Saturday night vs. No. 3 Florida State.

STILL WAITING

No word yet from Major League Baseball on the appeals by Yankees catchers Gary Sanchez (four games) and Austin Romine (two games) of their suspensions from recent brawls in Detroit. They had their hearings Friday.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia didn't play, a day after he went seven innings in his first game off the disabled list. Farrell said Pedroia's knee showed no ill effects. Pedroia is expected to play Sunday night. Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket and got to Yankee Stadium about a half-hour before gametime. He started at second and made two nice stops. ... CF Jackie Bradley Jr. (sprained left thumb) was activated from the DL and went 1 for 3. ... Slumping SS Xander Bogaerts didn't start for the second straight day. ... LHP David Price (elbow inflammation) is set for another bullpen session Monday.

Yankees: 2B Starlin Castro lost a front tooth overnight and spent the morning at the dentist's office as part of a root canal. ''I'm assuming he bit into something and it came out,'' Girardi said. Ronald Torreyes started instead, on his 25th birthday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (15-6, 2.77) is 0-2 in four starts vs. the Yankees this season despite a 2.12 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 29 2/3 innings.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (11-6, 3.14) faces Boston for the fourth time this season. After two sharp starts, he was tagged for a career-worst 10 runs by the Red Sox on Aug. 12.

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  • W: M. Tanaka (11-10)L: D. Pomeranz (14-5)
  • HR: NYY - M. Holliday (17), C. Headley (10)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
E. Nunez SS41100001.309.338.463.8003.0
A. Benintendi LF30100112.280.362.444.8071.5
M. Betts RF30100102.262.342.432.7742.0
M. Moreland 1B40000005.252.335.442.7770.0
H. Ramirez DH40000012.244.329.440.769-0.5
R. Devers 3B40100010.287.352.519.871-0.5
C. Vazquez C40000020.290.332.405.738-1.0
J. Bradley CF30100000.263.343.431.7741.0
T. Lin 2B30100021.283.377.358.7360.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40100010.261.350.433.7830.5
    A. Hicks CF30000003.265.367.463.8300.0
    J. Ellsbury CF11100000.245.321.387.7084.0
    G. Sanchez C40310000.274.343.528.8714.0
    A. Judge RF40000023.276.409.570.978-1.0
    D. Gregorius SS31000111.294.326.476.8021.5
    C. Headley 3B42311001.278.360.421.7819.0
    T. Frazier 3B00000000.210.335.410.7450.0
    M. Holliday DH41131001.230.318.437.7558.0
    G. Bird 1B40100031.155.283.298.580-0.5
    R. Torreyes 2B30000111.295.316.373.6890.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - E. Nunez (32)
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Ellsbury (3)
      • HR - C. Headley (10), M. Holliday (17)
      • RBI - G. Sanchez (78), C. Headley (53), M. Holliday 3 (54)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - R. Devers
      FIELDING
      • E - R. Devers (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (L, 14-5)5.18442523.361.38-1.5
      B. Workman1.02110202.371.091.0
      F. Abad0.20000002.821.150.0
      A. Maddox1.00000100.000.863.5
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (L, 14-5)5.1
      B. Workman1.0
      F. Abad0.2
      A. Maddox1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-10)7.05112304.541.2324.5
      D. Robertson1.01000102.320.942.5
      D. Betances1.00000302.291.184.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Tanaka (W, 11-10)7.0
      D. Robertson1.0
      D. Betances1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 105-64, B. Workman 16-11, F. Abad 8-4, A. Maddox 11-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-7
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, B. Workman 5, F. Abad 2, A. Maddox 3
      PITCHING
      • WP - M. Tanaka (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 97-66, D. Robertson 13-9, D. Betances 12-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 11-6, D. Robertson 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 27, D. Robertson 4, D. Betances 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      YankeesNYY72-63
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      E. Nunez SS41100001.309.338.463.8003.0
      A. Benintendi LF30100112.280.362.444.8071.5
      M. Betts RF30100102.262.342.432.7742.0
      M. Moreland 1B40000005.252.335.442.7770.0
      H. Ramirez DH40000012.244.329.440.769-0.5
      R. Devers 3B40100010.287.352.519.871-0.5
      C. Vazquez C40000020.290.332.405.738-1.0
      J. Bradley CF30100000.263.343.431.7741.0
      T. Lin 2B30100021.283.377.358.7360.0
      Total3216002713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF40100010.261.350.433.7830.5
        A. Hicks CF30000003.265.367.463.8300.0
        J. Ellsbury CF11100000.245.321.387.7084.0
        G. Sanchez C40310000.274.343.528.8714.0
        A. Judge RF40000023.276.409.570.978-1.0
        D. Gregorius SS31000111.294.326.476.8021.5
        C. Headley 3B42311001.278.360.421.7819.0
        T. Frazier 3B00000000.210.335.410.7450.0
        M. Holliday DH41131001.230.318.437.7558.0
        G. Bird 1B40100031.155.283.298.580-0.5
        R. Torreyes 2B30000111.295.316.373.6890.5
        Total34510522811-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - E. Nunez (32)
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Ellsbury (3)
          • HR - C. Headley (10), M. Holliday (17)
          • RBI - G. Sanchez (78), C. Headley (53), M. Holliday 3 (54)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - R. Devers
          FIELDING
          • E - R. Devers (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (L, 14-5)5.18442523.361.38-1.5
          B. Workman1.02110202.371.091.0
          F. Abad0.20000002.821.150.0
          A. Maddox1.00000100.000.863.5
          Total8.01055282---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (L, 14-5)5.1
          B. Workman1.0
          F. Abad0.2
          A. Maddox1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-10)7.05112304.541.2324.5
          D. Robertson1.01000102.320.942.5
          D. Betances1.00000302.291.184.5
          Total9.0611270---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Tanaka (W, 11-10)7.0
          D. Robertson1.0
          D. Betances1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 105-64, B. Workman 16-11, F. Abad 8-4, A. Maddox 11-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 4-7
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 26, B. Workman 5, F. Abad 2, A. Maddox 3
          PITCHING
          • WP - M. Tanaka (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Tanaka 97-66, D. Robertson 13-9, D. Betances 12-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Tanaka 11-6, D. Robertson 1-1
          • Batters Faced - M. Tanaka 27, D. Robertson 4, D. Betances 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Sanchez singled to shallow left center, Ellsbury scored15
          • 6TH INNING
            Holliday homered to left center, Gregorius and Headley scored14
            Nunez scored on wild pitch11
          • 2ND INNING
            Headley homered to left01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
            • Todd Frazier at third
            • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • T. Lin: Foul, Lin singled to right center
            • David Robertson relieved Masahiro Tanaka
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez flied out to left
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop, Lin to second
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Moreland reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Betts out at second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Austin Maddox relieved Fernando Abad
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Holliday flied out to center
            • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
            • R. Torreyes: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torreyes popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jacoby Ellsbury in center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers grounded out to second
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez popped out to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • B. Workman Pitching:
            • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury tripled to left center
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Sanchez singled to shallow left center, Ellsbury scored
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • Fernando Abad relieved Brandon Workman
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius popped out to third
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Headley fouled out to left
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez doubled to deep left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to second, Nunez to third
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Nunez scored on wild pitch, Ball, Betts walked
            • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt, Moreland lined out to shortstop
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ramirez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Gregorius walked
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Ball, Headley singled to right center, Gregorius to third
            • M. Holliday: Holliday homered to left center, Gregorius and Headley scored
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
            • Brandon Workman relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • R. Torreyes: Torreyes fouled out to first
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Devers singled to shallow right
            • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Devers caught stealing, catcher to second, Foul, Vazquez grounded out to second
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Bradley singled to right center
            • T. Lin: Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lin struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner flied out to center
            • A. Hicks: Hicks grounded out to second
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Sanchez singled to right center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge flied out to deep left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi singled to center
            • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts flied out to deep center
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first, Benintendi to second
            • H. Ramirez: Strike swinging, Ramirez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Headley singled to center
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Foul, Ball, Holliday flied out to right
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley popped out to second
            • T. Lin: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Lin struck out swinging
            • E. Nunez: Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez lined out to center
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Foul, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ramirez flied out to deep right
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Devers grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • C. Headley: Strike looking, Headley homered to left
            • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Holliday popped out to shortstop
            • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird singled to center
            • R. Torreyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torreyes walked, Bird to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner reached on an infield single to third, Bird to third, Torreyes to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Hicks grounded out to second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Tanaka Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Nunez grounded out to pitcher
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Betts grounded out to third, Benintendi to second
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike swinging, Hicks lined out to center
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez reached on an infield single to third, Sanchez to second on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Judge grounded out to third
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)