Gardner slam lifts Yanks over Red Sox 5-3 for 2-game sweep

NEW YORK (AP) Brett Gardner smiled through the fog left from a gaudy celebration in the New York Yankees clubhouse, part of the new postgame routine that includes the razzle-dazzle of a smoke machine and strobe lights.

''I think the idea was to play it after we win big games,'' he said.

This was as big as an April game gets.

Gardner hit a grand slam off Ryan Brasier in the seventh inning for his 100th career home run, and the Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Wednesday night for a two-game sweep of the reeling World Series champions.

''About time. I think he was just waiting for the right moment,'' teammate Aaron Judge said with a mischievous grin.

J.D. Martinez hit a first-inning home run off J.A. Happ, just like he did in the AL Division Series opener last October, and Christian Vazquez's two-run homer in the second built a 3-0 lead. The Yankees were on the verge of failing to win any of their first four home series for the first time since 1913, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Clint Frazier started the comeback with an RBI double in the fourth against former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi, and New York loaded the bases in the seventh against Brandon Workman on Frazier's single and walks to Mike Tauchman and Austin Romine.

Brasier got ahead 0-2 as Gardner took a slider and fouled off another. Brasier left a fastball up that Gardner drove 364 feet over the right-field scoreboard.

''It was chaos. The Stadium was rocking. Our dugout was going crazy,'' Judge said.

Tommy Kahnle (1-0) got two outs for the win, Adam Ottavino retired Eduardo Nunez on a bases-loaded flyout that ended the eighth and Aroldis Chapman got three straight outs for his third save as the Yankees improved to 8-9, including 5-6 at home.

Gardner's hit led to the postgame vapor, technology installed after general manager Brian Cashman had heard about young players on other teams embracing flashier jubilation.

''We kind of need a little kick start,'' Gardner said. ''Obviously, these first couple of weeks we've been dragging.''

Frazier had three hits and raised his average to .333 in 45 at-bats with 12 RBIs. He proclaimed before spring training he hoped to take away Gardner's job - some day.

''He's been like a dad at the field for me,'' the 24-year-old Frazier said. ''He's always led me in the right direction. He's let me be myself around him regardless of how ridiculous at times I've acted. So he's a great guy to come in here and be good to the young guys.''

Boston dropped to an AL-worst 6-13, the poorest start for a World Series champion since the 1998 Florida Marlins opened 5-14. The Red Sox did not lose their 13th game last year until May 14 and face daunting math: No team has lost 12 or more of its first 18 games and reached the playoffs since the 2002 Anaheim Angels, who won the World Series.

''I made a bad pitch on a good count for me and it bit me in the butt,'' Brasier said.

Boston dropped eight games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay.

''We always have a sense of urgency,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. ''We need to get better in all aspects of the games.''

Gardner's home run ball was retrieved in the bleachers by 16-year-old Will Clemens of Greenwich, Connecticut, who traded it for a signed ball, photos with Gardner and a clubhouse tour with his friends.

''It's always good to get a cool memento like this, and it's something that I'm sure that my kids will appreciate, Gardner said. ''They'll probably be in the driveway playing catch with it tomorrow. That's all right, too.''

GLOVE GEM

Boston 1B Steve Pearce saved two runs, diving for a backhand snag of Gio Urshela's two-out chopper with runners on second and third in the fourth, then throwing to Eovadli covering first.

STARTERS

Eovaldi allowed an unearned run and three hits in six innings, while Happ gave up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Happ has allowed six home runs in 18 2/3 innings over four starts.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia left in the middle of the second because of left knee discomfort he felt while fouling off a pitch on his first swing of the top half. He was to stay behind in New York and be examined Thursday. ''He was down. I haven't seen him like that,'' Cora said. ... OF Andrew Benintendi missed his third straight game after fouling a pitch off his right foot Sunday. Cora said he expects him to start Friday. ... Utilityman Brock Holt (scratched cornea) was to see an eye doctor again and perhaps get a new lens. He did not play for Triple-A Pawtucket on Wednesday.

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez (strained left calf) hopes to play in Sunday's homestand finale against Kansas City, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the IL. ... OF Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn't played since March 31 because of a strained left biceps, started hitting off a machine Tuesday.

UP NEXT

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (1-2) starts Friday, beginning a stretch of 20 games in 20 days for Boston.

Yankees: RHP Domingo German (3-0) is scheduled to start Thursday's series opener against Kansas City and RHP Homer Bailey (1-1).

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  • W: T. Kahnle (1-0)L: B. Workman (0-1)S: A. Chapman (3)
  • HR: BOS - J. Martinez (4), C. Vazquez (3), NYY - B. Gardner (4)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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M. Betts RF40000010.200.305.371.676-0.5
X. Bogaerts SS40100000.297.387.484.8711.0
J. Martinez LF31211111.352.425.5921.0177.5
S. Pearce 1B40100012.125.160.125.2850.5
M. Moreland DH31100100.241.313.586.8993.0
D. Pedroia 2B10000001.100.143.100.2430.0
E. Nunez 2B30000013.159.178.182.360-0.5
R. Devers 3B40200011.262.351.308.6593.5
C. Vazquez C41121002.200.234.467.7017.0
J. Bradley CF40000021.148.190.185.375-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner CF41141000.203.301.438.7399.0
    A. Judge RF40000020.274.403.484.886-1.0
    L. Voit 1B31100120.213.333.443.7763.0
    G. Torres SS40000012.273.324.515.839-0.5
    D. LeMahieu 2B40000022.351.406.439.845-1.0
    C. Frazier DH41310010.333.347.622.9695.5
    M. Tauchman LF21000113.182.280.455.7351.5
    G. Urshela 3B30000015.261.370.391.762-0.5
    A. Romine C21000100.217.250.348.5982.0
      BATTING
      • HR - J. Martinez (4), C. Vazquez (3)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (10), C. Vazquez 2 (8)
      • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (5), C. Vazquez 2 (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Pearce, E. Nunez 3 (3), C. Vazquez, J. Bradley
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Voit (2), C. Frazier
      • HR - B. Gardner (4)
      • RBI - B. Gardner 4 (8), C. Frazier (12)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Torres, G. Urshela 3 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - R. Devers (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - E. Nunez (2)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Urshela-LeMahieu-Voit)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi6.03101606.001.5220.0
      B. Workman (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.11332103.520.91-10.5
      R. Brasier (BS, 1)0.21110212.160.96-1.0
      H. Hembree1.00000104.501.403.5
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi6.0
      B. Workman (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
      R. Brasier (BS, 1)0.2
      H. Hembree1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ6.16331427.231.6613.0
      T. Kahnle (W, 1-0)0.20000103.381.507.5
      A. Ottavino (H, 2)1.02001101.001.220.5
      A. Chapman (S, 3)1.00000102.571.0010.5
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ6.1
      T. Kahnle (W, 1-0)0.2
      A. Ottavino (H, 2)1.0
      A. Chapman (S, 3)1.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 104-67, B. Workman 15-6, R. Brasier 14-10, H. Hembree 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 7-6, H. Hembree 1-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 23, B. Workman 4, R. Brasier 3, H. Hembree 3
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 84-58, T. Kahnle 6-4, A. Ottavino 20-13, A. Chapman 12-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-7, T. Kahnle 1-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, T. Kahnle 2, A. Ottavino 6, A. Chapman 3
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF40000010.200.305.371.676-0.5
      X. Bogaerts SS40100000.297.387.484.8711.0
      J. Martinez LF31211111.352.425.5921.0177.5
      S. Pearce 1B40100012.125.160.125.2850.5
      M. Moreland DH31100100.241.313.586.8993.0
      D. Pedroia 2B10000001.100.143.100.2430.0
      E. Nunez 2B30000013.159.178.182.360-0.5
      R. Devers 3B40200011.262.351.308.6593.5
      C. Vazquez C41121002.200.234.467.7017.0
      J. Bradley CF40000021.148.190.185.375-1.0
      Total3438322711-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        B. Gardner CF41141000.203.301.438.7399.0
        A. Judge RF40000020.274.403.484.886-1.0
        L. Voit 1B31100120.213.333.443.7763.0
        G. Torres SS40000012.273.324.515.839-0.5
        D. LeMahieu 2B40000022.351.406.439.845-1.0
        C. Frazier DH41310010.333.347.622.9695.5
        M. Tauchman LF21000113.182.280.455.7351.5
        G. Urshela 3B30000015.261.370.391.762-0.5
        A. Romine C21000100.217.250.348.5982.0
        Total30555131012-----
          BATTING
          • HR - J. Martinez (4), C. Vazquez (3)
          • RBI - J. Martinez (10), C. Vazquez 2 (8)
          • 2-Out RBI - J. Martinez (5), C. Vazquez 2 (4)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - S. Pearce, E. Nunez 3 (3), C. Vazquez, J. Bradley
          BATTING
          • 2B - L. Voit (2), C. Frazier
          • HR - B. Gardner (4)
          • RBI - B. Gardner 4 (8), C. Frazier (12)
          • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Torres, G. Urshela 3 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - R. Devers (2)
          FIELDING
          • E - E. Nunez (2)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Urshela-LeMahieu-Voit)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Eovaldi6.03101606.001.5220.0
          B. Workman (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.11332103.520.91-10.5
          R. Brasier (BS, 1)0.21110212.160.96-1.0
          H. Hembree1.00000104.501.403.5
          Total8.05543101---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Eovaldi6.0
          B. Workman (L, 0-1) (H, 2)0.1
          R. Brasier (BS, 1)0.2
          H. Hembree1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          J. Happ6.16331427.231.6613.0
          T. Kahnle (W, 1-0)0.20000103.381.507.5
          A. Ottavino (H, 2)1.02001101.001.220.5
          A. Chapman (S, 3)1.00000102.571.0010.5
          Total9.0833272---
          PITCHERSIP
          J. Happ6.1
          T. Kahnle (W, 1-0)0.2
          A. Ottavino (H, 2)1.0
          A. Chapman (S, 3)1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 104-67, B. Workman 15-6, R. Brasier 14-10, H. Hembree 11-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 7-6, H. Hembree 1-1
          • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 23, B. Workman 4, R. Brasier 3, H. Hembree 3
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 84-58, T. Kahnle 6-4, A. Ottavino 20-13, A. Chapman 12-7
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 7-7, T. Kahnle 1-0
          • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, T. Kahnle 2, A. Ottavino 6, A. Chapman 3
          • 7TH INNING
            Gardner homered to right center, Frazier, Tauchman and Romine scored35
          • 4TH INNING
            Frazier doubled to left, Voit scored, Torres to third31
          • 2ND INNING
            Vazquez homered to right center, Moreland scored30
          • 1ST INNING
            Martinez homered to center10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Aroldis Chapman relieved Adam Ottavino
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers lined out to shortstop
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez flied out to deep right
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Adam Ottavino relieved Tommy Kahnle
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Betts struck out looking
            • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts flied out to deep right
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Martinez reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • S. Pearce: Pearce singled to center, Martinez to second
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Moreland walked, Martinez to third, Pearce to second
            • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to deep right
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Heath Hembree relieved Ryan Brasier
            • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Torres lined out to left
            • D. LeMahieu: LeMahieu grounded out to second
            • C. Frazier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Frazier struck out looking
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Devers: Foul, Foul, Devers reached on an infield single to second
            • Tommy Kahnle relieved J.A. Happ
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Devers stole second, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop, Devers to third
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Brandon Workman relieved Nathan Eovaldi
            • C. Frazier: Frazier singled to left center
            • M. Tauchman: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tauchman walked, Frazier to second
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Urshela struck out swinging
            • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Romine walked, Frazier to third, Tauchman to second
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Brandon Workman
            • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Foul, Gardner homered to right center, Frazier, Tauchman and Romine scored
            • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
            • L. Voit: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
            • End of the 7th (4 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Martinez walked
            • S. Pearce: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pearce grounded out to second, Martinez out at second
            • M. Moreland: Moreland grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Voit struck out looking
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres grounded out to third
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • J. Bradley: Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Betts flied out to left
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Foul, Romine flied out to right
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Judge flied out to shallow right
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Moreland flied out to deep center
            • E. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez grounded out to shortstop
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • C. Vazquez: Vazquez lined out to left
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • L. Voit: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Voit walked
            • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Voit to second on 2nd baseman Nunez fielding error
            • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, LeMahieu struck out looking
            • C. Frazier: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Frazier doubled to left, Voit scored, Torres to third
            • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
            • G. Urshela: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Urshela grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 3RD INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Betts flied out to center
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left
            • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Martinez struck out on foul tip
            • S. Pearce: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Pearce struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Romine popped out to catcher
            • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner grounded out to first
            • A. Judge: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Judge grounded out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to right
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Foul, Pedroia flied out to right
            • R. Devers: Strike (foul tip), Strike looking, Strike swinging, Devers struck out swinging
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez homered to right center, Moreland scored
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 2nd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Eduardo Nunez at second base
            • D. LeMahieu: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, LeMahieu grounded out to pitcher
            • C. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Frazier singled to left
            • M. Tauchman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Tauchman flied out to center
            • G. Urshela: Ball, Ball, Urshela fouled out to first
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • J. Happ Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Betts grounded out to shortstop
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to second
            • J. Martinez: Martinez homered to center
            • S. Pearce: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Pearce popped out to second
            • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
            • B. Gardner: Gardner fouled out to left
            • A. Judge: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
            • L. Voit: Voit doubled to deep right center
            • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Torres struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)