Sabathia, homer-happy Yankees top Boston 8-1 for best record

NEW YORK (AP) Packed house, summer heat, Red Sox-Yankees for the best record in baseball.

So, CC Sabathia, did it feel like a really big night in Bronx?

''I wish I could tell you it did,'' he said, ''but it didn't.''

Instead, he just pitched as if the calendar read October, rather than June.

Sabathia shut down the high-scoring Red Sox, Greg Bird hit two home runs and Aaron Judge connected off a college teammate as New York bopped Boston 8-1 on Friday evening to edge ahead in the AL East.

Not since the famed Bucky Dent playoff game in 1978 had the Yankees and Red Sox met so late in a season when they owned the two top marks in baseball, the Elias Sports Bureau said. Home runs decided this matchup, too, with Miguel Andujar also going deep for New York.

''I mean, we're a good club,'' New York manager Aaron Boone said. ''We're a confident group, we know we can play with anyone.''

The biggest crowd of the year at Yankee Stadium was in the spirit as lines formed outside the gates more than 3 1/2 hours before the start. The pro-Yankees chants began prior to the first pitch, the anti-Boston shouts soon followed.

Sabathia (5-3) helped end Boston's four-game winning streak, less than a month from his 38th birthday. He gave up one run and six hits in seven innings, and improved to 6-0 in his last seven starts against the Red Sox.

The big lefty bounded off the mound to field Mookie Betts' tapper and throw him out to end his outing. Slowed by knee problems in the past, a pumped-up Sabathia kept in motion and jogged to the dugout.

''High-stepping right there, you mean?'' he said.

Betts and Andrew Benintendi hit consecutive doubles in the fifth for Boston's run in the opener of a three-game series.

''It's important,'' Betts said. ''As long as we make it to the playoffs, anything can happen.''

Steve Pearce, acquired a day earlier from Toronto, batted cleanup in his debut for Boston. He doubled on the first pitch he saw and also singled off Sabathia.

''I was actually kind of jittery my first at-bat, so it was good to get that out of the way,'' Pearce said.

''It would have been nice if we got the win, so that kind of overshadowed what I did at the plate. But I felt comfortable,'' he said. ''It was a great atmosphere.''

Eduardo Rodriguez (9-3) gave up five early runs. Boston fell to 3-4 against its rivals this season, and 12 more games are left.

Judge connected for his 21st homer, a two-run drive in the seventh off Justin Haley. The former Fresno State players eagerly chatted for a while behind the cage during batting practice - after facing each other for the first time in the majors, the rookie reliever angrily kicked at the mound dirt as Judge circled the bases.

''We were really good friends, and it's a joy to see him having success,'' Judge said. ''We respect the competition. He might strike me out tomorrow, and I'll tip my cap to him, and it'll be see you down the road.''

Gleyber Torres hit his first career triple and scored on Andujar's single in the second. Torres added a sacrifice fly in a four-run fourth, capped by back-to-back homers from Andujar and Bird.

Bird added a solo drive in the eighth. The Yankees lead the majors with 131 home runs.

''No matter who you facing, if you miss on the plate that's what's going to happen,'' Rodriguez said.

DRURY'S BACK

3B/1B Brandon Drury was called up from Triple-A and likely will see action with Boston starting left-handers the rest of the weekend. Acquired from Arizona, he began the season as the starting 3B, but went on the DL in early April with blurred vision and migraines. He provides a righty-hitting option at 1B. The team considered promoting Tyler Austin, but he has back trouble.

HE'S A HIT

New York Giants star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took batting practice with the Yankees. Showing a sweet swing, he homered over the left-field wall.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia and knuckleballer Steven Wright will see a doctor Monday. Both are on the 10-day disabled list.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (strained hamstrings) threw 48 pitches in a simulated game at the spring complex in Tampa, Florida. He's expected to pitch in a minor league rehab game in the middle of next week, then could rejoin the Yankees.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (7-4, 2.56 ERA) is 5-4 with a 1.73 ERA against the Yankees. He has struck out Judge more than any other pitcher - 10 times in 15 at-bats.

Yankees: RHP Sonny Gray (5-5, 4.93) is 1-5 lifetime against the Red Sox. Since joining New York, he's 0-3 with a 7.20 ERA in three starts vs. Boston.

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  • W: C. Sabathia (5-3)L: E. Rodriguez (9-3)
  • HR: NYY - G. Bird 2 (5), A. Judge (21), M. Andujar (12)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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A. Benintendi LF30110120.286.371.513.8845.0
J. Martinez DH40000003.321.389.6391.0280.0
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X. Bogaerts SS40000002.275.337.504.8410.0
E. Nunez 2B40100011.254.287.360.6470.5
R. Devers 3B40000022.239.284.425.708-1.0
C. Vazquez C30000010.221.259.313.571-0.5
J. Bradley CF20000010.200.291.332.6230.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. Hicks CF41100001.252.339.464.8022.0
    A. Judge RF41121010.276.395.559.9546.5
    G. Stanton DH21000200.263.339.507.8463.0
    D. Gregorius SS41100001.259.328.476.8043.0
    G. Torres 2B31210000.289.344.549.8936.0
    M. Andujar 3B41331001.283.309.521.83010.0
    G. Bird 1B42222012.204.315.452.76611.5
    A. Romine C40000002.277.337.479.8150.0
    B. Gardner LF30100000.257.348.375.7241.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (20), A. Benintendi (20), S. Pearce (7)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi (52)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (17)
      BATTING
      • 2B - D. Gregorius (13)
      • 3B - G. Torres
      • HR - A. Judge (21), M. Andujar (12), G. Bird 2 (5)
      • SF - G. Torres (2)
      • RBI - A. Judge 2 (54), G. Torres (39), M. Andujar 3 (38), G. Bird 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (15), A. Benintendi (14)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (4)
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Pearce)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Andujar-Torres-Bird)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      E. Rodriguez (L, 9-3)6.07552224.111.300.0
      J. Haley2.04330025.401.40-1.0
      PITCHERSIP
      E. Rodriguez (L, 9-3)6.0
      J. Haley2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Sabathia (W, 5-3)7.06111503.021.2425.5
      C. Green1.00000102.111.023.5
      C. Shreve1.00000204.821.574.0
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Sabathia (W, 5-3)7.0
      C. Green1.0
      C. Shreve1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 95-55, J. Haley 42-28
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-10, J. Haley 2-3
      • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, J. Haley 9
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Sabathia (6)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 97-62, C. Green 14-10, C. Shreve 14-9
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-9, C. Shreve 1-0
      • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 28, C. Green 3, C. Shreve 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF41200001.339.426.6781.1046.0
      A. Benintendi LF30110120.286.371.513.8845.0
      J. Martinez DH40000003.321.389.6391.0280.0
      S. Pearce 1B40200010.301.356.530.8862.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40000002.275.337.504.8410.0
      E. Nunez 2B40100011.254.287.360.6470.5
      R. Devers 3B40000022.239.284.425.708-1.0
      C. Vazquez C30000010.221.259.313.571-0.5
      J. Bradley CF20000010.200.291.332.6230.5
      Total321610189-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        A. Hicks CF41100001.252.339.464.8022.0
        A. Judge RF41121010.276.395.559.9546.5
        G. Stanton DH21000200.263.339.507.8463.0
        D. Gregorius SS41100001.259.328.476.8043.0
        G. Torres 2B31210000.289.344.549.8936.0
        M. Andujar 3B41331001.283.309.521.83010.0
        G. Bird 1B42222012.204.315.452.76611.5
        A. Romine C40000002.277.337.479.8150.0
        B. Gardner LF30100000.257.348.375.7241.0
        Total3281184227-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (20), A. Benintendi (20), S. Pearce (7)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi (52)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (17)
          BATTING
          • 2B - D. Gregorius (13)
          • 3B - G. Torres
          • HR - A. Judge (21), M. Andujar (12), G. Bird 2 (5)
          • SF - G. Torres (2)
          • RBI - A. Judge 2 (54), G. Torres (39), M. Andujar 3 (38), G. Bird 2 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - G. Bird (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (15), A. Benintendi (14)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - J. Bradley (4)
          • DP - (Bogaerts-Nunez-Pearce)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Andujar-Torres-Bird)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          E. Rodriguez (L, 9-3)6.07552224.111.300.0
          J. Haley2.04330025.401.40-1.0
          Total8.01188224---
          PITCHERSIP
          E. Rodriguez (L, 9-3)6.0
          J. Haley2.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          C. Sabathia (W, 5-3)7.06111503.021.2425.5
          C. Green1.00000102.111.023.5
          C. Shreve1.00000204.821.574.0
          Total9.0611180---
          PITCHERSIP
          C. Sabathia (W, 5-3)7.0
          C. Green1.0
          C. Shreve1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - E. Rodriguez 95-55, J. Haley 42-28
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - E. Rodriguez 5-10, J. Haley 2-3
          • Batters Faced - E. Rodriguez 26, J. Haley 9
          PITCHING
          • HBP - C. Sabathia (6)
          • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 97-62, C. Green 14-10, C. Shreve 14-9
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 6-9, C. Shreve 1-0
          • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 28, C. Green 3, C. Shreve 3
          • 8TH INNING
            Bird homered to right center18
          • 7TH INNING
            Judge homered to right center, Hicks scored17
          • 5TH INNING
            Benintendi doubled to deep right, Betts scored15
          • 4TH INNING
            Bird homered to left05
            Andujar homered to left, Gregorius scored04
            Torres hit sacrifice fly to left, Stanton scored02
          • 2ND INNING
            Andujar singled to shallow center, Torres scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Chasen Shreve relieved Chad Green
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Chad Green relieved CC Sabathia
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi struck out looking
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Martinez lined out to right
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pearce flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • J. Haley Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Torres flied out to right
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar singled to center, Andujar out at second
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird homered to right center
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Romine flied out to deep right
            • End of the 8th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Bradley hit by pitch
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Justin Haley relieved Eduardo Rodriguez
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks singled to center
            • A. Judge: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge homered to right center, Hicks scored
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Stanton flied out to center
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Gregorius grounded out to first
            • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Ball, Torres singled to shallow center
            • M. Andujar: Strike swinging, Andujar fouled out to first
            • G. Bird: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bird popped out to second
            • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Romine flied out to right
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez lined out to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley flied out to deep center
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to left center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep right, Betts scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Benintendi stole third, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • G. Stanton: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Stanton grounded out to second
            • D. Gregorius: Foul, Ball, Gregorius lined out to third
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Foul, Pearce singled to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into double play third to second to first, Pearce out at second
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Nunez singled to center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton walked
            • D. Gregorius: Gregorius doubled to deep right center, Stanton to third
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Torres hit sacrifice fly to left, Stanton scored
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar homered to left, Gregorius scored
            • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bird homered to left
            • A. Romine: Romine grounded out to second
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gardner singled to center
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks flied out to left
            • End of the 4th (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Vazquez grounded out to third
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Betts stole second, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • J. Martinez: Martinez flied out to deep center
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gardner grounded out to third
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Hicks grounded out to third
            • A. Judge: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Judge lined out to center
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • S. Pearce: Pearce doubled to deep left
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to deep right, Pearce to third
            • E. Nunez: Nunez fouled out to first
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers lined out to center
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • G. Torres: Torres tripled to deep center
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Andujar singled to shallow center, Torres scored
            • G. Bird: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Bird struck out looking
            • A. Romine: Ball, Foul, Romine grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Andujar out at second
            • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • C. Sabathia Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to center
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • E. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks flied out to deep center
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge lined out to center
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Stanton walked
            • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gregorius flied out to shallow left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)