Hicks hits 3 HRs, Yankees rout Red Sox 11-1 to win series

NEW YORK (AP) First, it was third-string catcher Kyle Higashioka getting the silent treatment in the dugout after a home run. Then, the same for Aaron Hicks when he hit homer No. 3.

On a 91-degree night with the pennant race heating up, the New York Yankees enjoyed some more yucks against their biggest rival.

Hicks launched three home runs and the Yankees pummeled David Price again, connecting five times in the first four innings Sunday on the way to an 11-1 rout of the Boston Red Sox.

''It feels awesome,'' Hicks said. ''I blacked out after the third one. Kind of didn't know what to do. But I mean, it's exciting.''

Luis Severino became the first 13-game winner in the majors, cruising through 6 2/3 shutout innings of two-hit ball after the Bronx Bombers quickly built him a big cushion. With the teams trading blowouts all weekend, the Yankees (54-27) took two of three from Boston to regain baseball's best record and first place in the AL East.

''It's going to be a dogfight. We have a good team, they have a good team,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''A weird series, honestly. It was very weird. Weird games.''

Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres also homered for New York, which leads the 19-game season series 5-4. The next time the teams meet is early August at Fenway Park.

''I'm sure it's going to be a fun few months,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

The first Yankees leadoff batter to hit three home runs in a game, Hicks connected twice from the right side of the plate and once from the left. He smacked a two-run shot to right field in the second inning and a solo drive to center in the fourth that chased Price (9-6) and made it 8-0.

Hicks pulled his 14th of the season into the right-field stands in the eighth off Hector Velazquez. It was the first three-homer game by a Yankees player since Alex Rodriguez, part of the ESPN broadcast crew Sunday, accomplished the feat at Minnesota in July 2015.

The only other Yankees hitter to go deep three times at the current Yankee Stadium was Curtis Granderson in April 2012 against the Twins.

Judge had three hits and scored three times. Torres socked a three-run shot that gave New York a 4-0 lead in the first, and the Yankees finished with a season-high six homers to boost their major league-leading total to 137, setting a franchise record for before the All-Star break.

Exactly halfway through its season, New York is on pace to surpass the 1997 Seattle Mariners' mark of 264 homers.

''That's probably as good a night as we've had all year,'' Boone said. ''Obviously, a big series to grab it on Sunday here. That's a peak at what we can do.''

Higashioka homered into the second deck in left field off Price for his first major league hit after an 0-for-22 start to his career. Higashioka, wearing No. 66 in pinstripes, received the silent treatment when he returned to the bench before happy teammates finally engulfed him.

''The feeling is indescribable,'' Higashioka said at his locker, the team's championship belt for the night draped over his chair. ''I laughed. I didn't expect that, but I mean, obviously it was amazing. It was just a great feeling.''

Price was rocked for eight earned runs - matching a career high - and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings, his latest flop against the Yankees. He had never given up more than three homers in a game.

Severino (13-2) lowered his AL-leading ERA to 1.98 and improved to 8-0 at home this season. He walked off to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 46,795 and tipped his cap , right on track to become the first Yankees pitcher to start the All-Star Game since Roger Clemens in 2001.

''It means a lot,'' Severino said. ''Facing the Red Sox is one of the best things in baseball.''

Boston (56-29) was outhit 16-4 and didn't score until the ninth.

THE PRICE IS WRONG

Making his 40th career appearance (39th start) vs. the Yankees, Price fell to 2-6 with an 8.43 ERA in nine starts against them since signing a $217 million contract with Boston before the 2016 season. He has faced New York twice this year, allowing 12 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, and is 0-5 with a 10.44 ERA in his last five starts at Yankee Stadium.

''Honestly, I felt fine. They put some good swings on what I felt like were pretty good pitches,'' said Price, who entered 7-1 with a 2.72 ERA in nine starts since being diagnosed with a mild case of carpal tunnel syndrome that caused him to miss a scheduled turn at New York in May. ''I've faced the Yankees many times. It's time for me to kind of go back to that drawing board.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Right-handed reliever Tyler Thornburg is expected back this week after rehabbing from surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome last June.

Yankees: Higashioka started at catcher for Austin Romine, who exited Saturday's game with tightness in his left hamstring. A precautionary MRI was negative, and Romine was available off the bench. He could return to the lineup Monday night against Atlanta. Romine has been filling in for All-Star backstop Gary Sanchez (groin), who might be able to come off the disabled list right after the All-Star break July 20-22 against the Mets. ... GM Brian Cashman said if everything goes well, RHP Masahiro Tanaka (two strained hamstrings) will make a minor league rehab start this week and rejoin the Yankees early next week in Baltimore - perhaps in time to pitch in a July 9 doubleheader.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: Three interleague games at Washington, where RHP Rick Porcello (9-3, 3.60 ERA) faces former Detroit teammate Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04) in a matchup of the 2016 Cy Young Award winners Monday night. With no DH in the National League park, Cora said slugger J.D. Martinez will probably start two games in the outfield. Same for CF Jackie Bradley Jr. and LF Andrew Benintendi as they rotate.

Yankees: Rookie RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (2-0, 1.93 ERA) makes his fourth major league start against RHP Anibal Sanchez (3-2, 2.68) and the Braves, surprise leaders in the NL East.

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  • W: L. Severino (13-2)L: D. Price (9-6)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hicks 3 (14), K. Higashioka (1), A. Judge (22), G. Torres (15)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF20000111.339.430.6731.1030.5
S. Pearce RF10000010.298.352.524.875-0.5
A. Benintendi LF40100010.284.367.505.8722.5
J. Martinez DH30000122.324.391.6341.0250.0
M. Moreland 1B30100011.286.353.536.8890.5
a- S. Leon PH11100000.261.303.423.7263.0
X. Bogaerts SS30000011.274.334.496.831-0.5
B. Swihart 2B10100000.167.226.192.4181.0
R. Devers 3B40010001.248.291.441.7321.0
B. Holt 2B-SS40000001.290.367.407.7740.0
C. Vazquez C30000000.217.255.308.5630.0
J. Bradley CF20000120.198.290.326.6160.0
  • a-doubled for Moreland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Hicks CF43343100.258.346.502.84820.0
A. Judge RF43311100.279.396.565.96111.0
G. Stanton DH41200002.266.340.506.8464.0
a- B. Drury PH-DH10100000.222.323.370.6931.0
D. Gregorius SS21110000.257.324.473.7974.0
b- N. Walker PH-2B20110002.189.264.262.5262.0
G. Torres 2B-SS41131113.288.343.552.8958.5
M. Andujar 3B50200005.282.308.513.8212.0
G. Bird 1B40000012.196.304.433.737-0.5
K. Higashioka C41111011.143.250.571.8215.5
B. Gardner LF41100001.255.347.371.7172.0
  • a-singled for Stanton in the 8th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Gregorius in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Leon (6)
  • RBI - R. Devers (47)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Stanton (16), D. Gregorius (14)
  • HR - A. Hicks 3 (14), A. Judge (22), G. Torres (15), K. Higashioka
  • SF - D. Gregorius (6)
  • RBI - A. Hicks 4 (38), A. Judge (55), D. Gregorius (44), N. Walker (15), G. Torres 3 (42), K. Higashioka
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Benintendi (16)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Devers-Swihart-Moreland)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (L, 9-6)3.19880354.281.26-11.5
J. Haley2.24112004.701.70-1.0
B. Workman1.00000000.820.823.0
H. Velazquez1.03221012.681.44-3.0
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (L, 9-6)3.1
J. Haley2.2
B. Workman1.0
H. Velazquez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Severino (W, 13-2)6.22003601.980.9526.0
D. Robertson1.00000203.381.044.0
D. Betances0.20000102.781.010.5
A. Chapman0.22110001.510.90-3.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Severino (W, 13-2)6.2
D. Robertson1.0
D. Betances0.2
A. Chapman0.2
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 71-51, J. Haley 42-26, B. Workman 11-5, H. Velazquez 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-2, J. Haley 3-5, B. Workman 1-2, H. Velazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 19, J. Haley 14, B. Workman 3, H. Velazquez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 99-65, D. Robertson 11-7, D. Betances 9-7, A. Chapman 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 10-4, D. Betances 1-0, A. Chapman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Severino 25, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 2, A. Chapman 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF20000111.339.430.6731.1030.5
S. Pearce RF10000010.298.352.524.875-0.5
A. Benintendi LF40100010.284.367.505.8722.5
J. Martinez DH30000122.324.391.6341.0250.0
M. Moreland 1B30100011.286.353.536.8890.5
a- S. Leon PH11100000.261.303.423.7263.0
X. Bogaerts SS30000011.274.334.496.831-0.5
B. Swihart 2B10100000.167.226.192.4181.0
R. Devers 3B40010001.248.291.441.7321.0
B. Holt 2B-SS40000001.290.367.407.7740.0
C. Vazquez C30000000.217.255.308.5630.0
J. Bradley CF20000120.198.290.326.6160.0
Total311410397-----
  • a-doubled for Moreland in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
A. Hicks CF43343100.258.346.502.84820.0
A. Judge RF43311100.279.396.565.96111.0
G. Stanton DH41200002.266.340.506.8464.0
a- B. Drury PH-DH10100000.222.323.370.6931.0
D. Gregorius SS21110000.257.324.473.7974.0
b- N. Walker PH-2B20110002.189.264.262.5262.0
G. Torres 2B-SS41131113.288.343.552.8958.5
M. Andujar 3B50200005.282.308.513.8212.0
G. Bird 1B40000012.196.304.433.737-0.5
K. Higashioka C41111011.143.250.571.8215.5
B. Gardner LF41100001.255.347.371.7172.0
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HITTERSAB
A. Hicks CF4
A. Judge RF4
G. Stanton DH4
a- B. Drury PH-DH1
D. Gregorius SS2
b- N. Walker PH-2B2
G. Torres 2B-SS4
M. Andujar 3B5
G. Bird 1B4
K. Higashioka C4
B. Gardner LF4
Total38
  • a-singled for Stanton in the 8th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Gregorius in the 6th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Leon (6)
  • RBI - R. Devers (47)
BATTING
  • 2B - G. Stanton (16), D. Gregorius (14)
  • HR - A. Hicks 3 (14), A. Judge (22), G. Torres (15), K. Higashioka
  • SF - D. Gregorius (6)
  • RBI - A. Hicks 4 (38), A. Judge (55), D. Gregorius (44), N. Walker (15), G. Torres 3 (42), K. Higashioka
BASERUNNING
  • SB - A. Benintendi (16)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Devers-Swihart-Moreland)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Price (L, 9-6)3.19880354.281.26-11.5
J. Haley2.24112004.701.70-1.0
B. Workman1.00000000.820.823.0
H. Velazquez1.03221012.681.44-3.0
Total8.0161111336---
PITCHERSIP
D. Price (L, 9-6)3.1
J. Haley2.2
B. Workman1.0
H. Velazquez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Severino (W, 13-2)6.22003601.980.9526.0
D. Robertson1.00000203.381.044.0
D. Betances0.20000102.781.010.5
A. Chapman0.22110001.510.90-3.0
Total9.0411390---
PITCHERSIP
L. Severino (W, 13-2)6.2
D. Robertson1.0
D. Betances0.2
A. Chapman0.2
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 71-51, J. Haley 42-26, B. Workman 11-5, H. Velazquez 24-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 5-2, J. Haley 3-5, B. Workman 1-2, H. Velazquez 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Price 19, J. Haley 14, B. Workman 3, H. Velazquez 6
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 99-65, D. Robertson 11-7, D. Betances 9-7, A. Chapman 16-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 10-4, D. Betances 1-0, A. Chapman 2-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Severino 25, D. Robertson 3, D. Betances 2, A. Chapman 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Devers reached on fielder's choice to third, Leon scored, Swihart out at second111
  • 8TH INNING
    Walker singled to left, Judge scored, Drury to second011
    Hicks homered to right010
  • 4TH INNING
    Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Judge scored09
    Hicks homered to center08
    Higashioka homered to left07
  • 2ND INNING
    Hicks homered to right, Gardner scored06
  • 1ST INNING
    Torres homered to right, Stanton and Gregorius scored04
    Judge homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • D. Betances Pitching:
    • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
    • Aroldis Chapman relieved Dellin Betances
    • Sandy Leon hit for Mitch Moreland
    • S. Leon: Ball, Ball, Leon doubled to deep left
    • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Swihart reached on an infield single to third, Leon to third
    • R. Devers: Foul, Devers reached on fielder's choice to third, Leon scored, Swihart out at second
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Devers out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. Robertson Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul tip, Pearce struck out on foul tip
    • Dellin Betances relieved David Robertson
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Benintendi grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hector Velazquez relieved Brandon Workman
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks homered to right
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Judge walked
    • Brandon Drury hit for Giancarlo Stanton
    • B. Drury: Drury singled to left, Judge to second
    • N. Walker: Strike looking, Walker singled to left, Judge scored, Drury to second
    • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torres flied out to deep center
    • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Andujar grounded into double play third to second to first, Walker out at second
    • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Foul, Devers grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Holt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
    • David Robertson relieved Luis Severino
    • C. Vazquez: Vazquez lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Workman relieved Justin Haley
    • Blake Swihart at second base
    • Steve Pearce in right field
    • G. Bird: Ball, Bird popped out to third
    • K. Higashioka: Ball, Ball, Higashioka flied out to deep left
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi grounded out to second
    • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Moreland singled to right
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Haley Pitching:
    • A. Hicks: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
    • A. Judge: Ball, Judge singled to center, Hicks to second
    • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Stanton popped out to first
    • Neil Walker hit for Didi Gregorius
    • N. Walker: Walker reached on fielder's choice to second, Hicks to third, Judge out at second
    • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked, Walker to second
    • M. Andujar: Andujar grounded into fielder's choice to third, Torres out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to third
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez flied out to center
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bradley walked
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Betts struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Haley Pitching:
    • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar singled to shallow left
    • G. Bird: Strike looking, Bird grounded out to shortstop, Andujar to second
    • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Higashioka flied out to right, Andujar to third
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gardner flied out to deep right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to first
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to second
    • R. Devers: Ball, Devers popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • K. Higashioka: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Higashioka homered to left
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Gardner grounded out to first
    • A. Hicks: Hicks homered to center
    • Justin Haley relieved David Price
    • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Judge singled to shallow left
    • G. Stanton: Stanton doubled to left center, Judge to third
    • D. Gregorius: Gregorius hit sacrifice fly to left, Judge scored
    • G. Torres: Ball, Torres flied out to deep left
    • End of the 4th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez lined out to left
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
    • A. Benintendi: Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Benintendi singled to left center, Betts to third
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gregorius grounded out to pitcher
    • G. Torres: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
    • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Andujar singled to right
    • G. Bird: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Devers grounded out to first
    • B. Holt: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • K. Higashioka: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Higashioka struck out looking
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Gardner reached on an infield single to second
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Hicks homered to right, Gardner scored
    • A. Judge: Ball, Foul, Judge flied out to right
    • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton flied out to left
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Severino Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts flied out to deep center
    • A. Benintendi: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Benintendi struck out on foul tip
    • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
    • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moreland struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • D. Price Pitching:
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks grounded out to third
    • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge homered to center
    • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Stanton singled to left
    • D. Gregorius: Gregorius doubled to deep right center, Stanton to third
    • G. Torres: Torres homered to right, Stanton and Gregorius scored
    • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Ball, Andujar grounded out to second
    • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Bird grounded out to first
    • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)