Severino sharp, steals a popup, too, as Yankees top Rays 4-1

NEW YORK (AP) In his latest peak performance, Luis Severino took matters into his own hands - and glove.

Severino jumped to steal away a popup from catcher Gary Sanchez while pitching eight sharp innings, leading the New York Yankees over the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 Saturday.

''He didn't say, `I got it' and I was there,'' Severino quipped. ''So you know I went for the ball. . He said, `You took it from my glove.'''

Giancarlo Stanton and Sanchez hit back-to-back home runs as New York won for the 13th time in 16 games. It was the Rays' 18th loss in 22 games at Yankee Stadium.

Severino (10-2) simply overwhelmed a weak-hitting Rays lineup that has produced just one run over its last 21 innings. The 24-year-old righty gave up three hits, struck out nine and walked two, tying Cleveland's Corey Kluber for the AL win lead.

Severino showed off other talents, too.

In the fifth, Carlos Gomez led off with a popup high above the plate. As Sanchez looked into the sun trying to find the ball, Severino sprung off the mound. They were next to each other, slightly in foul ground, when Severino leaped to catch the ball, right above Sanchez's mitt.

Took it right away from his best friend on the team, in fact.

''I tried to block it a little bit more with the glove. I found the ball, I was in a good spot and I had it right there,'' Sanchez said. ''And I was surprised when I heard the steps. I think it was an instinct of his. He tried to assure his out.''

Sanchez gave Severino a look, perhaps wondering why the pitcher came into the picture, before they went back to work.

Said Aaron Judge: ''He's an athlete out there. I think he is trying to win a Gold Glove.''

The play on Gomez came during a stretch of 11 straight batters Severino retired before Joey Wendle singled with two outs in the seventh. Severino then threw a 99 mph fastball past Gomez to strike him out.

Severino was perfect in the eighth, and Chasen Shreve relieved to begin the ninth.

Matt Duffy hit a leadoff homer against Shreve and homered for just the fourth time this year, cutting the lead 4-1, and Jake Bauers followed with a triple that bounced out of center fielder Aaron Hicks' glove.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman then set down the next three batters for his 20th save in 21 chances.

The Rays have lost 12 of their last 16 games and have one more game in the Bronx on Sunday before continuing their seven-game road trip Monday with three games at defending champion Houston.

''No matter what stage, rebuild or expected to win or whatever, losing always tends to be something that is not fun,'' Duffy said. ''We have some adjustments to make.''

New York has won Severino's last 12 starts going back to Sept. 3. During that span, he is 9-0 with an 1.75 ERA.

Aaron Boone has gotten accustomed to it since taking over as the Yankees manager.

''Obviously, any time he goes I feel great about it,'' Boone said. ''He's a great pitcher. He's establishing himself as one of the best in the game and he gave us a lot today.''

New York didn't fare too well against Ryne Stanek, who allowed a hit and struck out one over 1 1/3 scoreless inning on Tampa Bay's designated ''bullpen day.''

Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) gave up a run in the second on rookie Gleyber Torres' two-out double. Didi Gregorius hit an RBI single in the third.

Stanton connected in the fifth for his 16th home run. Four pitches later, Sanchez hit his 13th homer over the center field fence - that snapped a homerless streak of 66 at-bats dating to May 19.

ROSTER MOVES

Prior to the game, the Yankees acquired 2B Wendell Rijo to complete the May 25 trade that sent C Erik Kratz to Milwaukee. The 22-year-old will report to Single-A Tampa. Rijo was hitting .200 with four homers and 14 RBI in 32 games for Double-A Biloxi in the Southern League.

MO-MENTUM

Yankees prospect Jonathan Loaisiga felt honored by the glowing remarks Rays manager Kevin Cash made after the 23-year-old debuted Friday night with a win, throwing five scoreless innings while striking out six while walking four.

Cash compared the Nicaraguan rookie to Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, but joked he was hopeful that Loaisiga wouldn't develop the same devastating cutter that the former Yankees closer owned.

''I think that comment is something very flattering because to mention Mariano, you're talking about a superstar and someone who was historic,'' said Loaisiga, adding that he had never met the future Hall of Famer from Panama. ''I think that it's something that almost too good.''

UP NEXT

Yankees veteran lefty CC Sabathia (4-1, 3.27 ERA) will try to win his third straight start Sunday. For the second consecutive game, Tampa Bay ''start'' a reliever, this time Wilmer Font (0-1, 6.87 ERA).

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  • W: L. Severino (10-2)L: R. Yarbrough (5-3)S: A. Chapman (20)
  • HR: TB - M. Duffy (4), NYY - G. Stanton (16), G. Sanchez (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Duffy 3B41111000.311.350.429.7806.0
J. Bauers DH30200110.278.366.500.8663.5
W. Adames SS40000013.219.278.344.622-0.5
C. Cron 1B30000122.244.325.457.7830.0
J. Wendle 2B40100023.272.315.364.6790.0
C. Gomez RF30100011.184.257.330.5870.5
M. Smith CF30000012.285.347.374.721-0.5
J. Field LF30000020.243.280.434.714-1.0
J. Sucre C30000000.194.234.208.4420.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF40000002.258.350.384.7340.0
    A. Judge DH41200000.283.399.574.9725.0
    D. Gregorius SS40110022.254.328.487.8163.0
    G. Stanton RF41111002.242.317.480.7986.0
    G. Sanchez C41111021.190.293.438.7315.0
    G. Bird 1B21100200.213.284.475.7594.0
    A. Hicks CF30100101.239.340.422.7622.0
    M. Andujar 3B40000026.298.326.528.854-1.0
    G. Torres 2B30110010.290.345.568.9132.5
      BATTING
      • 3B - J. Bauers
      • HR - M. Duffy (4)
      • RBI - M. Duffy (20)
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Judge 2 (17), G. Torres (6)
      • HR - G. Stanton (16), G. Sanchez (13)
      • RBI - D. Gregorius (40), G. Stanton (37), G. Sanchez (39), G. Torres (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - J. Bauers
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. Gregorius (9)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Duffy-Cron-Adames)
      • E - W. Adames (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Torres; Severino-Gregorius-Bird)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      R. Stanek1.11000102.551.022.5
      R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)3.26443424.211.30-7.0
      A. Pruitt3.01000204.221.089.0
      PITCHERSIP
      R. Stanek1.1
      R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)3.2
      A. Pruitt3.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino (W, 10-2)8.03002902.090.9333.5
      C. Shreve0.02110014.761.41-3.0
      A. Chapman (S, 20)1.00000101.170.8510.5
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino (W, 10-2)8.0
      C. Shreve0.0
      A. Chapman (S, 20)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 21-12, R. Yarbrough 97-56, A. Pruitt 29-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-2, R. Yarbrough 2-6, A. Pruitt 4-2
      • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 5, R. Yarbrough 21, A. Pruitt 9
      PITCHING
      • WP - L. Severino (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 102-71, C. Shreve 12-9, A. Chapman 10-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-8, A. Chapman 2-0
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 27, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Duffy 3B41111000.311.350.429.7806.0
      J. Bauers DH30200110.278.366.500.8663.5
      W. Adames SS40000013.219.278.344.622-0.5
      C. Cron 1B30000122.244.325.457.7830.0
      J. Wendle 2B40100023.272.315.364.6790.0
      C. Gomez RF30100011.184.257.330.5870.5
      M. Smith CF30000012.285.347.374.721-0.5
      J. Field LF30000020.243.280.434.714-1.0
      J. Sucre C30000000.194.234.208.4420.0
      Total30151121011-----
      HITTERSAB
      M. Duffy 3B4
      J. Bauers DH3
      W. Adames SS4
      C. Cron 1B3
      J. Wendle 2B4
      C. Gomez RF3
      M. Smith CF3
      J. Field LF3
      J. Sucre C3
      Total30
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner LF40000002.258.350.384.7340.0
        A. Judge DH41200000.283.399.574.9725.0
        D. Gregorius SS40110022.254.328.487.8163.0
        G. Stanton RF41111002.242.317.480.7986.0
        G. Sanchez C41111021.190.293.438.7315.0
        G. Bird 1B21100200.213.284.475.7594.0
        A. Hicks CF30100101.239.340.422.7622.0
        M. Andujar 3B40000026.298.326.528.854-1.0
        G. Torres 2B30110010.290.345.568.9132.5
        Total3248423714-----
          BATTING
          • 3B - J. Bauers
          • HR - M. Duffy (4)
          • RBI - M. Duffy (20)
          BATTING
          • 2B - A. Judge 2 (17), G. Torres (6)
          • HR - G. Stanton (16), G. Sanchez (13)
          • RBI - D. Gregorius (40), G. Stanton (37), G. Sanchez (39), G. Torres (34)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Torres (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - J. Bauers
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. Gregorius (9)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Duffy-Cron-Adames)
          • E - W. Adames (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - 2 (Sanchez-Torres; Severino-Gregorius-Bird)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          R. Stanek1.11000102.551.022.5
          R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)3.26443424.211.30-7.0
          A. Pruitt3.01000204.221.089.0
          Total8.0844372---
          PITCHERSIP
          R. Stanek1.1
          R. Yarbrough (L, 5-3)3.2
          A. Pruitt3.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Severino (W, 10-2)8.03002902.090.9333.5
          C. Shreve0.02110014.761.41-3.0
          A. Chapman (S, 20)1.00000101.170.8510.5
          Total9.05112101---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Severino (W, 10-2)8.0
          C. Shreve0.0
          A. Chapman (S, 20)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - R. Stanek 21-12, R. Yarbrough 97-56, A. Pruitt 29-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Stanek 1-2, R. Yarbrough 2-6, A. Pruitt 4-2
          • Batters Faced - R. Stanek 5, R. Yarbrough 21, A. Pruitt 9
          PITCHING
          • WP - L. Severino (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 102-71, C. Shreve 12-9, A. Chapman 10-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 5-8, A. Chapman 2-0
          • Batters Faced - L. Severino 27, C. Shreve 2, A. Chapman 3
          • 9TH INNING
            Duffy homered to left14
          • 5TH INNING
            Sanchez homered to center04
            Stanton homered to left03
          • 3RD INNING
            Gregorius singled to shallow left center, Judge scored, Gregorius to second02
          • 2ND INNING
            Torres doubled to shallow left, Bird scored, Hicks to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Luis Severino
            • M. Duffy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Duffy homered to left
            • J. Bauers: Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Bauers tripled to deep center
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Chasen Shreve
            • W. Adames: Ball, Foul, Ball, Adames grounded out to first
            • C. Cron: Cron grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Wendle struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Foul, Smith grounded out to first
            • J. Field: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Field popped out to first
            • J. Sucre: Sucre popped out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Bird singled to right
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks grounded out to second, Bird to second
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar grounded into double play third to first to shortstop, Bird out at third
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Ball, Adames flied out to shallow right
            • C. Cron: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle singled to shallow center
            • C. Gomez: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gomez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Pruitt Pitching:
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton popped out to first
            • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Foul, Sucre flied out to deep right
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Foul, Duffy lined out to second
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Austin Pruitt relieved Ryan Yarbrough
            • G. Torres: Torres grounded out to third
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Gardner lined out to left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Foul, Judge grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • C. Gomez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Gomez fouled out to pitcher
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
            • J. Field: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Stanton homered to left
            • G. Sanchez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Sanchez homered to center
            • G. Bird: Bird flied out to center
            • A. Hicks: Foul, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Ball, Hicks flied out to center
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bauers walked
            • W. Adames: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Adames popped out to first
            • C. Cron: Ball, Ball, Bauers to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cron struck out looking
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Wendle grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Torres struck out on foul tip
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner lined out to left
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Judge safe at first on shortstop Adames fielding error
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Field: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Field struck out swinging
            • J. Sucre: Ball, Strike swinging, Sucre flied out to right
            • M. Duffy: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Duffy grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Yarbrough Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge doubled to deep center
            • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Gregorius singled to shallow left center, Judge scored, Gregorius to second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Stanton grounded out to third
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bird walked, Gregorius stole third
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked, Bird to second
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andujar struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron walked
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Wendle struck out on foul tip
            • C. Gomez: Ball, Foul, Gomez reached on bunt single to pitcher, Cron to second
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Smith grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Gomez out at second
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez fouled out to third
            • Ryan Yarbrough relieved Ryne Stanek
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bird walked
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks singled to shallow left, Bird to second
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar flied out to shallow left
            • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres doubled to shallow left, Bird scored, Hicks to third
            • B. Gardner: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner lined out to center
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • M. Duffy: Foul, Strike looking, Duffy grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bauers: Bauers singled to shallow center
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging, Bauers caught stealing, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • R. Stanek Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Judge doubled to shallow center
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Stanton popped out to shortstop
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)