Stanton, Judge lead Yanks past Red Sox 3-2 for 16-1 stretch

NEW YORK (AP) As soon as Joe Kelly emerged from the bullpen, fired-up fans at Yankee Stadium let him have it.

Moments later, so did Aaron Judge.

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice, including a laser shot to left field, and Judge hit a tiebreaking single off New York's latest public enemy as the Yankees edged the rival Boston Red Sox 3-2 on Tuesday night for their 16th victory in 17 games.

''It's a lot of fun to play in these games, I'm not going to lie,'' rookie manager Aaron Boone said .

In the opener of a three-game showdown between baseball's top two teams, Luis Severino struck out 11 during a taut pitching duel with Red Sox lefty Drew Pomeranz.

Judge cut down a runner at second base with a pinpoint throw from right field, and the steamrolling Yankees - on their best 17-game run in 65 years - won their seventh straight to tie Boston for first place in the AL East at 25-10.

''We're right there where we need to be,'' Stanton said after his 31st career multihomer game and third this season.

It was the first time the storied rivals squared off with the two best records in the majors since June 2, 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. And after their bench-clearing brawl at Fenway Park last month, touched off when Kelly drilled Tyler Austin with a pitch, a revved-up crowd of 45,773 packed the big ballpark in the Bronx to see old foes go at it again.

''Actually, I thought it was going to be worse,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''It was a good baseball game. Like I've been telling you guys, this place is alive. I lived it last year during the playoffs (with Houston).''

There was no trouble on the field this time as New York won its 10th consecutive home game, its longest streak since July 2008 at the original Yankee Stadium.

''That's done. That's in the past. Our focus is about winning baseball games, not fighting,'' Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez said through a translator.

Neil Walker got the winning rally started in the seventh inning with a pinch-hit double off Heath Hembree (2-1), who walked the next two batters sandwiched around a balk.

That's when Kelly came out of the bullpen and was greeted by loud boos .

''I was inside getting ready, to be honest, but I could hear it through the door,'' Stanton said.

Judge laced a bases-loaded single that scored Walker to put New York ahead. Left fielder Andrew Benintendi threw out Gleyber Torres at the plate on the play.

David Robertson (3-1) gave up a tying triple to Mookie Betts in the seventh, but got three outs for the win. Aroldis Chapman earned his eighth save in nine chances.

''It was probably more like a playoff atmosphere,'' Kelly said. ''It was fun.''

Booed in the Bronx earlier this season, Stanton delivered in his first home game with the Yankees against Boston.

The muscular slugger connected for leadoff homers in the second and fourth against Pomeranz, who shook off a cracked fingernail early in the game following a manicure on the mound from head athletic trainer Brad Pearson.

Stanton's second homer was a high fly to the opposite field that cleared the short porch in right. His first shot was a screaming line drive into the lower seats near the left-field corner.

''Superhero swing,'' a smiling Boone said. ''When he connects, it comes off differently.''

LONDON CALLING

Major League Baseball announced the Yankees and Red Sox will play two regular-season games against each other at the Olympic Stadium in London next season. Boston will be the home team for both of MLB's first games in Europe on June 29-30, 2019.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: LHP David Price was scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday night and sent back to Boston for medical tests after experiencing a tingling sensation in his pitching hand again. Cora said Price felt tingling in his hand Sunday while throwing a bullpen that was cut short, the same symptoms that forced him out of an April 11 game against the Yankees at Fenway Park. ... Boston reinstated utilityman Brock Holt from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Tzu-Wei Lin to Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Betts was back in the leadoff spot after leaving Sunday's game at Texas with a bruised right shoulder.

Yankees: 1B Greg Bird, recovering from March 27 surgery to repair a broken spur on the outside of his right ankle, went 2 for 4 with a home run during an extended spring training game in Florida and played five innings at first base. It shouldn't be long before he's sent to Class A Tampa or Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a rehab assignment, Boone said. ... OF Jacoby Ellsbury, sidelined all season by oblique, foot and hip injuries, is doing baseball activities in Florida and is ''fairly healthy'' besides feeling under the weather, Boone said.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (5-0, 2.14 ERA) was moved up a day to pitch Wednesday in place of Price. The 2016 AL Cy Young Award winner will be on regular rest because Boston was off Monday. Porcello threw seven shutout innings of two-hit ball in an April 12 win over the Yankees at Fenway Park.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.39) is 8-4 with a 4.04 ERA in 15 career starts against Boston, including a win on April 11 when he allowed six runs in five innings. Tanaka is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA in his last three outings and will be pitching on five days' rest.

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BOS25-10
000010100281
NYY25-10
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  • W: D. Robertson (3-1)L: H. Hembree (2-1)S: A. Chapman (8)
  • HR: NYY - G. Stanton 2 (9)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF40210010.360.436.8251.2614.5
A. Benintendi LF40110021.244.331.390.7211.0
H. Ramirez 1B40100002.295.362.426.7891.0
J. Martinez DH40100022.346.392.6151.0071.0
X. Bogaerts SS40000012.316.345.557.902-0.5
R. Devers 3B40000021.252.299.444.744-1.0
E. Nunez 2B42200020.238.268.377.6456.0
J. Bradley CF30000033.173.264.264.528-0.5
C. Vazquez C40100013.196.253.239.4920.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF30000121.198.320.248.5680.0
    A. Judge RF40110020.295.418.550.9681.0
    D. Gregorius SS40000002.301.388.6421.0300.0
    G. Stanton DH32222100.237.325.504.82815.0
    G. Sanchez C30000111.193.278.487.7660.5
    A. Hicks CF30000102.231.347.385.7321.0
    M. Andujar 3B40100023.273.289.482.7710.0
    T. Austin 1B20000013.247.321.534.855-0.5
    a- N. Walker PH-1B11100000.198.288.242.5303.0
    G. Torres 2B20100102.333.373.500.8732.0
    • a-doubled for Austin in the 7th
    BATTING
    • 2B - J. Martinez (9), E. Nunez (8)
    • 3B - M. Betts
    • RBI - M. Betts (27), A. Benintendi (17)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (10), A. Benintendi (6)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Walker (4)
    • HR - G. Stanton 2 (9)
    • RBI - A. Judge (24), G. Stanton 2 (21)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - E. Nunez (2)
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - G. Stanton (2)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (2)
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Ramirez)
    • E - R. Devers (9)
    FIELDING
    • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (2)
    • DP - (Torres-Gregorius-Walker)
    • E - G. Torres (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    D. Pomeranz6.04222625.231.5016.0
    H. Hembree (L, 2-1)0.11112004.241.47-9.0
    J. Kelly1.11001102.300.831.5
    C. Smith0.10000104.091.550.5
    PITCHERSIP
    D. Pomeranz6.0
    H. Hembree (L, 2-1)0.1
    J. Kelly1.1
    C. Smith0.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Severino6.062201102.210.8718.5
    D. Robertson (W, 3-1) (BS, 3)1.01000202.950.8710.0
    C. Green (H, 4)1.01000001.960.982.0
    A. Chapman (S, 8)1.00000101.690.8110.5
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Severino6.0
    D. Robertson (W, 3-1) (BS, 3)1.0
    C. Green (H, 4)1.0
    A. Chapman (S, 8)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Kelly
    • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 107-62, H. Hembree 20-9, J. Kelly 22-11, C. Smith 4-3
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-7, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0
    • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 24, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Smith
    • Balks - H. Hembree
    PITCHING
    • WP - L. Severino (2)
    • HBP - A. Chapman (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 109-78, D. Robertson 22-13, C. Green 11-7, A. Chapman 15-9
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-4, C. Green 1-1, A. Chapman 2-0
    • Batters Faced - L. Severino 25, D. Robertson 4, C. Green 3, A. Chapman 4
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    BOS25-10
    000010100281
    NYY25-10
    01010010X361
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40210010.360.436.8251.2614.5
    A. Benintendi LF40110021.244.331.390.7211.0
    H. Ramirez 1B40100002.295.362.426.7891.0
    J. Martinez DH40100022.346.392.6151.0071.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40000012.316.345.557.902-0.5
    R. Devers 3B40000021.252.299.444.744-1.0
    E. Nunez 2B42200020.238.268.377.6456.0
    J. Bradley CF30000033.173.264.264.528-0.5
    C. Vazquez C40100013.196.253.239.4920.5
    Total35282001414-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF30000121.198.320.248.5680.0
      A. Judge RF40110020.295.418.550.9681.0
      D. Gregorius SS40000002.301.388.6421.0300.0
      G. Stanton DH32222100.237.325.504.82815.0
      G. Sanchez C30000111.193.278.487.7660.5
      A. Hicks CF30000102.231.347.385.7321.0
      M. Andujar 3B40100023.273.289.482.7710.0
      T. Austin 1B20000013.247.321.534.855-0.5
      a- N. Walker PH-1B11100000.198.288.242.5303.0
      G. Torres 2B20100102.333.373.500.8732.0
      Total2936325814-----
      • a-doubled for Austin in the 7th
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Martinez (9), E. Nunez (8)
      • 3B - M. Betts
      • RBI - M. Betts (27), A. Benintendi (17)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts (10), A. Benintendi (6)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Walker (4)
      • HR - G. Stanton 2 (9)
      • RBI - A. Judge (24), G. Stanton 2 (21)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - E. Nunez (2)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - G. Stanton (2)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Benintendi (2)
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Ramirez)
      • E - R. Devers (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (2)
      • DP - (Torres-Gregorius-Walker)
      • E - G. Torres (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz6.04222625.231.5016.0
      H. Hembree (L, 2-1)0.11112004.241.47-9.0
      J. Kelly1.11001102.300.831.5
      C. Smith0.10000104.091.550.5
      Total8.0633582---
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz6.0
      H. Hembree (L, 2-1)0.1
      J. Kelly1.1
      C. Smith0.1
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino6.062201102.210.8718.5
      D. Robertson (W, 3-1) (BS, 3)1.01000202.950.8710.0
      C. Green (H, 4)1.01000001.960.982.0
      A. Chapman (S, 8)1.00000101.690.8110.5
      Total9.08220140---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino6.0
      D. Robertson (W, 3-1) (BS, 3)1.0
      C. Green (H, 4)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 8)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Kelly
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 107-62, H. Hembree 20-9, J. Kelly 22-11, C. Smith 4-3
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 5-7, H. Hembree 1-0, J. Kelly 2-0
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 24, H. Hembree 4, J. Kelly 5, C. Smith
      • Balks - H. Hembree
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Severino (2)
      • HBP - A. Chapman (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 109-78, D. Robertson 22-13, C. Green 11-7, A. Chapman 15-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 4-4, C. Green 1-1, A. Chapman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 25, D. Robertson 4, C. Green 3, A. Chapman 4
      • 7TH INNING
        Judge singled to left, Walker scored, Torres out at home, Gardner to second23
        Betts tripled to deep left, Nunez scored22
      • 5TH INNING
        Benintendi singled to center, Nunez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second12
      • 4TH INNING
        Stanton homered to right02
      • 2ND INNING
        Stanton homered to left01
      • 9TH INNING
        • Aroldis Chapman relieved Chad Green
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded out to pitcher
        • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Vazquez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Chad Green relieved David Robertson
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ramirez singled to deep right
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Martinez lined out to center
        • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Bogaerts grounded into double play second to shortstop to first, Ramirez out at second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Kelly Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton stole second, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton to third on wild pitch, Foul, Hicks reached on fielder's choice to first, Stanton out at home
        • Carson Smith relieved Joe Kelly
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Nunez reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • David Robertson relieved Luis Severino
        • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Vazquez flied out to center
        • M. Betts: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez stole second, Foul, Ball, Betts tripled to deep left, Nunez scored
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Heath Hembree relieved Drew Pomeranz
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • Neil Walker hit for Tyler Austin
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker doubled to deep right
        • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Torres walked
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Walker to third, Torres to second on balk, Ball, Ball, Gardner walked
        • Joe Kelly relieved Heath Hembree
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Judge singled to left, Walker scored, Torres out at home, Gardner to second
        • D. Gregorius: Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bogaerts popped out to second
        • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to second
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Stanton grounded out to third
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, Sanchez to second
        • A. Hicks: Hicks popped out to second
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Nunez struck out, reached on wild pitch
        • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
        • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts singled to center, Nunez to second
        • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Nunez scored, Betts to third, Benintendi to second
        • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ramirez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Foul, Ball, Torres singled to left
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner grounded into double play shortstop to first, Torres out at second
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Martinez doubled to deep right center
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep left
        • R. Devers: Devers grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Stanton homered to right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks lined out to center
        • M. Andujar: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Andujar reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • T. Austin: Ball, Austin flied out to center
        • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez singled to deep right, Vazquez out at second
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Benintendi struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gregorius flied out to deep right
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Nunez doubled to deep right
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton homered to left
        • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks walked, Sanchez to second
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
        • T. Austin: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Austin struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Torres popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Severino Pitching:
        • M. Betts: Strike looking, Betts flied out to deep center
        • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Benintendi popped out to third
        • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ramirez safe at first on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge flied out to right
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gregorius flied out to deep right
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)