Sanchez, Severino rebound ahead of playoffs, Yanks top Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Luis Severino is making his bid to be on the mound and throwing to catcher Gary Sanchez in the New York Yankees' playoff opener.

Severino won his 19th game, the struggling Sanchez drove in four runs for the first time since early April and the Yankees beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Tuesday night to keep up their push for home-field advantage in the AL wild-card game.

Severino (19-8) is competing for Masahiro Tanaka and J.A. Happ to start in the Oct. 3 winner-take-all game against Oakland. The Yankees opened a 2 1/2-game lead over the Athletics for home-field advantage.

''I'm ready for anything,'' Severino said.

Severino was 14-2 at the All-Star break but lost six of his next nine decisions before beating Boston and Tampa Bay in his last two outings. He gave up two runs and four hits in five-plus innings, and is third in the major leagues in wins behind Tampa Bay's Blake Snell (21) and Cleveland's Corey Kluber (20).

Severino appeared to lose concentration after the Yankees' seven-run third inning.

''It was a long inning,'' Severino said. ''I don't think I warmed up that good. But after that everything was great.''

Brandon Lowe hit a two-run double with no outs, but Ji-Man Choi was thrown out trying to score from first. Choi was hurt on the play and needed stitches for a cut left ear and also experienced concussion-like symptoms.

Sanchez had been 10 for 66 (.152) since returning Sept. 1 from a groin strain and 1 for his last 28, dropping his average to .180.

''I think he's just struggled to find his way a little bit offensively and dug himself a hole,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''The one thing I keep telling him, it's not too late to dig out.''

Sanchez hit a three-run homer off Jalen Beeks, his first long ball since Sept. 10, and added an RBI single in the fifth.

''Definitely a tough season for me,'' Sanchez said through a translator. ''But, whatever I've already done this season is in the past, and the struggles are in the past. This definitely won't be a season that's going to be one favorites, for sure. The focus is to concentrate on the next game and concentrate to keep performing and help the team.''

New York improved to 97-60, its most wins since going 97-65 in 2011. The Yankees are 37 games over .500 for the first time since finishing 103-59 in 2009, their last World Series title.

Adeiny Hechavarria homered against Jake Faria (4-4) leading off the third. Luke Voit had an RBI double, Beeks walked Neil Walker with the bases loaded, Miguel Andujar hit a sacrifice fly and Sanchez followed with his 17th homer. Sanchez's only other four-RBI game this year was April 11 against Boston.

Andujar added his 26th homer in the ninth. He only trails Aaron Judge (52 in 2017) and Joe DiMaggio (29 in 1936) for the most home runs by a Yankees' rookie.

Faria allowed three runs and four hits in 2 1/3 innings. His night ended after catching a 108.5 mph head-high liner by Aaron Judge. The right-hander bent over afterwards with both hands on his legs and exhaled.

''I threw my hands up to get my head out of the way and the ball went in my glove,'' Faria said. ''I've never seen anything hit that hard come at my face before.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks (left hamstring) should play within a few days, the Yankees said. ... SS Didi Gregorius (torn cartilage in right wrist) is the be re-examined Wednesday. ... INF Gleyber Torres (hip/groin) was scratched but could start Wednesday.

Rays: Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said Choi was cleared of a concussion but is in concussion protocol. ... CF Kevin Kiermaier (sore shoulder) started after missing one game. ... C Michael Perez (left hamstring) won't play again this season. ... Cash said INF Daniel Robertson (left thumb surgery) is doing on-field work and is ready to have a normal offseason.

STREAKING

Rays LF Tommy Pham doubled in the first and extended his career-high on-base streak to 27 games, the longest active run in the AL. He has a hit in 26 of them. Pham got hit near the left elbow by a Severino pitch in the third but stayed in the game

MINORS' MATTERS

INF Thairo Estrada hit a long homer in his first instructional league game against the Pirates. He started the year on the DL after being shot in the right thigh during a January robbery attempt in Venezuela and then had a regular season-ending back injury at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre.

UP NEXT

Yankees Tanaka (12-5) starts Wednesday for the Yankees. He has allowed two or fewer runs in nine of his last 12 starts. The Rays will use reliever Ryne Stanek (2-3) as the opener.

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  • W: L. Severino (19-8)L: J. Faria (4-4)
  • HR: NYY - A. Hechavarria (6), G. Sanchez (17), M. Andujar (26)
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A. Judge RF50100025.278.393.528.9200.0
L. Voit 1B41110123.291.371.606.9774.0
G. Stanton DH42100122.260.337.493.8294.0
N. Walker 2B41110101.219.307.349.6576.0
T. Wade 2B00000000.180.231.295.5260.0
M. Andujar 3B41121002.298.329.525.8547.0
G. Sanchez C41241101.184.285.397.68111.0
A. Hechavarria SS41111002.248.279.350.6296.0
B. Gardner CF41100010.237.324.368.6913.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Smith RF40000033.294.366.403.769-1.5
    J. Wendle 3B41100000.300.355.438.7923.0
    A. Velazquez 3B00000000.333.429.333.7620.0
    T. Pham LF31100020.273.361.457.8193.0
    A. Meadows LF00000000.289.322.458.7800.0
    J. Choi 1B10000101.263.357.505.8631.0
    J. Bauers 1B20000010.194.311.382.693-0.5
    B. Lowe 2B30320100.248.349.505.8548.0
    C. Cron DH40000014.255.323.489.812-0.5
    K. Kiermaier CF40000023.218.281.372.653-1.0
    W. Adames SS30000131.268.341.405.746-0.5
    A. Moore C40000032.154.154.231.385-1.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Voit (4), G. Stanton (33)
      • 3B - N. Walker, B. Gardner (6)
      • HR - M. Andujar (26), G. Sanchez (17), A. Hechavarria (6)
      • SF - M. Andujar (4)
      • RBI - L. Voit (29), N. Walker (43), M. Andujar 2 (87), G. Sanchez 4 (52), A. Hechavarria (31)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Andujar (31), G. Sanchez 4 (20)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 2 (2), G. Stanton 2 (2), G. Sanchez, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - J. Wendle (32), T. Pham (18), B. Lowe 2 (6)
      • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (23)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 3 (3), J. Choi, C. Cron, K. Kiermaier, W. Adames
      BASERUNNING
      • CS - A. McCutchen (9)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (9)
      • E - A. Hechavarria (4)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Moore-Lowe)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Severino (W, 19-8)5.04223703.391.1416.5
      T. Kahnle1.10000306.451.574.5
      S. Tarpley0.20000104.051.500.5
      D. German2.01000405.551.307.0
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Severino (W, 19-8)5.0
      T. Kahnle1.1
      S. Tarpley0.2
      D. German2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Faria (L, 4-4)2.14331215.401.43-6.0
      A. Kittredge0.01221007.181.82-4.0
      J. Beeks3.24332215.511.501.0
      C. Hu2.00002204.500.835.0
      V. Nuno1.01110111.691.061.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Faria (L, 4-4)2.1
      A. Kittredge0.0
      J. Beeks3.2
      C. Hu2.0
      V. Nuno1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - L. Severino (5)
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 97-59, T. Kahnle 16-12, S. Tarpley 9-6, D. German 28-21
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 6-2
      • Batters Faced - L. Severino 23, T. Kahnle 4, S. Tarpley 2, D. German 7
      PITCHING
      • IBB - A. Kittredge (5)
      • HBP - J. Beeks (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 44-26, A. Kittredge 4-3, J. Beeks 65-38, C. Hu 42-23, V. Nuno 16-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 2-2, J. Beeks 5-4, C. Hu 1-3
      • Batters Faced - J. Faria 11, A. Kittredge 2, J. Beeks 18, C. Hu 8, V. Nuno 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      A. McCutchen LF21100200.252.367.425.7934.0
      A. Judge RF50100025.278.393.528.9200.0
      L. Voit 1B41110123.291.371.606.9774.0
      G. Stanton DH42100122.260.337.493.8294.0
      N. Walker 2B41110101.219.307.349.6576.0
      T. Wade 2B00000000.180.231.295.5260.0
      M. Andujar 3B41121002.298.329.525.8547.0
      G. Sanchez C41241101.184.285.397.68111.0
      A. Hechavarria SS41111002.248.279.350.6296.0
      B. Gardner CF41100010.237.324.368.6913.5
      Total35910936716-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Smith RF40000033.294.366.403.769-1.5
        J. Wendle 3B41100000.300.355.438.7923.0
        A. Velazquez 3B00000000.333.429.333.7620.0
        T. Pham LF31100020.273.361.457.8193.0
        A. Meadows LF00000000.289.322.458.7800.0
        J. Choi 1B10000101.263.357.505.8631.0
        J. Bauers 1B20000010.194.311.382.693-0.5
        B. Lowe 2B30320100.248.349.505.8548.0
        C. Cron DH40000014.255.323.489.812-0.5
        K. Kiermaier CF40000023.218.281.372.653-1.0
        W. Adames SS30000131.268.341.405.746-0.5
        A. Moore C40000032.154.154.231.385-1.5
        Total32252031514-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Voit (4), G. Stanton (33)
          • 3B - N. Walker, B. Gardner (6)
          • HR - M. Andujar (26), G. Sanchez (17), A. Hechavarria (6)
          • SF - M. Andujar (4)
          • RBI - L. Voit (29), N. Walker (43), M. Andujar 2 (87), G. Sanchez 4 (52), A. Hechavarria (31)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Andujar (31), G. Sanchez 4 (20)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - L. Voit 2 (2), G. Stanton 2 (2), G. Sanchez, A. Hechavarria 2 (2)
          BATTING
          • 2B - J. Wendle (32), T. Pham (18), B. Lowe 2 (6)
          • RBI - B. Lowe 2 (23)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Smith 3 (3), J. Choi, C. Cron, K. Kiermaier, W. Adames
          BASERUNNING
          • CS - A. McCutchen (9)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - A. Judge (9)
          • E - A. Hechavarria (4)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Moore-Lowe)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          L. Severino (W, 19-8)5.04223703.391.1416.5
          T. Kahnle1.10000306.451.574.5
          S. Tarpley0.20000104.051.500.5
          D. German2.01000405.551.307.0
          Total9.05223150---
          PITCHERSIP
          L. Severino (W, 19-8)5.0
          T. Kahnle1.1
          S. Tarpley0.2
          D. German2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Faria (L, 4-4)2.14331215.401.43-6.0
          A. Kittredge0.01221007.181.82-4.0
          J. Beeks3.24332215.511.501.0
          C. Hu2.00002204.500.835.0
          V. Nuno1.01110111.691.061.5
          Total9.01099673---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Faria (L, 4-4)2.1
          A. Kittredge0.0
          J. Beeks3.2
          C. Hu2.0
          V. Nuno1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - L. Severino (5)
          • Pitches-Strikes - L. Severino 97-59, T. Kahnle 16-12, S. Tarpley 9-6, D. German 28-21
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Severino 6-2
          • Batters Faced - L. Severino 23, T. Kahnle 4, S. Tarpley 2, D. German 7
          PITCHING
          • IBB - A. Kittredge (5)
          • HBP - J. Beeks (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Faria 44-26, A. Kittredge 4-3, J. Beeks 65-38, C. Hu 42-23, V. Nuno 16-12
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Faria 2-2, J. Beeks 5-4, C. Hu 1-3
          • Batters Faced - J. Faria 11, A. Kittredge 2, J. Beeks 18, C. Hu 8, V. Nuno 4
          • 9TH INNING
            Andujar homered to left center92
          • 5TH INNING
            Sanchez singled to left, Stanton scored82
          • 3RD INNING
            Lowe doubled to deep right center, Wendle and Pham scored, Choi out at home, Lowe to third72
            Sanchez homered to left center, Stanton and Walker scored70
            Andujar hit sacrifice fly to right, Voit scored40
            Walker walked, McCutchen scored, Voit to third, Stanton to second30
            Voit doubled to shallow left, Gardner scored, McCutchen to third20
            Hechavarria homered to left10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Vidal Nuno relieved Chih-Wei Hu
            • Austin Meadows in left field
            • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • N. Walker: Ball, Walker popped out to second
            • M. Andujar: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Andujar homered to left center
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Sanchez flied out to shallow left
            • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Tyler Wade at second base
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • A. Moore: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Andrew Velazquez at third base
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge flied out to deep center
            • L. Voit: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Domingo German relieved Stephen Tarpley
            • T. Pham: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Pham struck out looking
            • J. Bauers: Bauers flied out to center
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Lowe singled to right
            • C. Cron: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cron popped out to first
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Chih-Wei Hu relieved Jalen Beeks
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Andujar: Ball, Strike looking, Andujar flied out to left
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Sanchez walked
            • A. Hechavarria: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Hechavarria lined out to center
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • T. Kahnle Pitching:
            • A. Moore: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • Stephen Tarpley relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Smith struck out looking
            • J. Wendle: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Wendle lined out to left
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCutchen flied out to shallow center
            • A. Judge: Ball, Judge reached on an infield single to second
            • L. Voit: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Voit walked, Judge to second
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Lowe doubled to left center
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved Luis Severino
            • C. Cron: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cron struck out swinging
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Kiermaier flied out to deep right, Lowe to third
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Adames struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Ball, Foul, Ball, Stanton doubled to deep left
            • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Foul, Walker grounded out to shortstop, Stanton to third
            • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Foul, Andujar fouled out to pitcher
            • G. Sanchez: Sanchez singled to left, Stanton scored
            • A. Hechavarria: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Hechavarria grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Wendle grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Pham: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pham struck out swinging
            • J. Bauers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bauers struck out swinging
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Jake Bauers at first base
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner flied out to center
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen hit by pitch
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • L. Voit: Foul, Voit grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • W. Adames: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Adames struck out swinging
            • A. Moore: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Moore struck out swinging
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Smith grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Hechavarria homered to left
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Gardner tripled to deep right
            • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, McCutchen walked
            • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Judge lined out to pitcher
            • Andrew Kittredge relieved Jake Faria
            • L. Voit: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Voit doubled to shallow left, Gardner scored, McCutchen to third
            • G. Stanton: Stanton intentionally walked
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Andrew Kittredge
            • N. Walker: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked, McCutchen scored, Voit to third, Stanton to second
            • M. Andujar: Andujar hit sacrifice fly to right, Voit scored
            • G. Sanchez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Sanchez homered to left center, Stanton and Walker scored
            • A. Hechavarria: Ball, Strike looking, Hechavarria grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 3rd (7 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • J. Wendle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Wendle doubled to deep right center
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham hit by pitch
            • J. Choi: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choi walked, Wendle to third, Pham to second
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Lowe doubled to deep right center, Wendle and Pham scored, Choi out at home, Lowe to third
            • C. Cron: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Cron lined out to shortstop
            • K. Kiermaier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Kiermaier grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Stanton grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Walker: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Walker tripled to deep center
            • M. Andujar: Andujar reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Walker out at home, Andujar to second
            • G. Sanchez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Sanchez fouled out to first
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • B. Lowe: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Lowe walked
            • C. Cron: Cron reached on fielder's choice to second, Lowe out at second
            • K. Kiermaier: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kiermaier struck out swinging
            • W. Adames: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Adames walked, Cron to second
            • A. Moore: Moore safe at first on shortstop Hechavarria throwing error, Cron to third, Adames to second
            • M. Smith: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Faria Pitching:
            • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, McCutchen singled to center
            • A. Judge: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging, McCutchen caught stealing second, catcher to second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • L. Severino Pitching:
            • M. Smith: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Smith struck out on foul tip
            • J. Wendle: Wendle grounded out to second
            • T. Pham: Ball, Pham doubled to deep right
            • J. Choi: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Choi flied out to left
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)