They claimed a second straight win over Boston Sunday night in the Bronx, 9-1, and finished the series seven behind the Red Sox, leading the AL East, the closest since June 27.
Jameson Taillon provided 5 ² / ₃ of scoreless innings and Gleyber Torres came back deep, but they also got good production and a good base thanks to recent calls from Greg Allen and Ryan LaMarre – due to the recent outbreak of COVID that hit the Yankees.
“Some of the players we have in the lineup can play this game,” said Aaron Boone of the hit and run and stolen bases that were on display. “You have to know how to adapt to the staff. We did a great job doing a few things that were important to us. “
With the win, the Yankees also won the series in Boston after losing their first seven games of the season.
“We know this is a long period of games,” LaMarre said of the state of mind of recent recalls. “We’ve played together in Scranton and we’re definitely going to try to be aggressive, try to shake things up on the bases and play on defense. “
Torres, who hadn’t hit a homer since June 5 before scoring in Saturday’s win, had another to lead the second-low low over left-hander Martin Perez on Sunday, giving the Yankees a lead of 1- 0.
In the third, Allen hit left with an out and moved up to third on a single hit-and-run through the left side of the infield by DJ LeMahieu.
With runners in the corners, Giancarlo Stanton sank into a forced withdrawal, scoring Allen in third place to make it 2-0.
Taillon didn’t allow a hit until Xander Bogaerts doubled the left field line with two strikeouts in the fourth. Rafael Devers followed with a four-length march, but Taillon kicked out Hunter Renfroe to keep the two-point lead.
Rougned Odor started off with a simple curry and moved up to third on LaMarre’s single on the right. Renfroe’s throw in the third came in time to get Smell, but the ball bounced off Devers for a mistake on Renfroe and LaMarre moved up to second on the play.
Perez has been replaced by former Yankees prospect Garrett Whitlock.
Allen, hitting the left side against right-hander Whitlock, ran with a sacrificial volley to take the lead to 3-0.
JD Martinez scored a single with a putout in the sixth and Bogaerts doubled up to send Martinez in third and end Taillon’s outing.
Chad Green, who throws for the first time since his collapse in Houston the previous Sunday, allowed Devers to perform a questionable check. Devers and Boston manager Alex Cora contested the appeal, but there was no expulsion.
Renfroe failed to end the threat.
Green threw a perfect seventh and Odor provided some confidence with a two-run late in the set.
The Red Sox box collapsed in the seventh, as Darwinzon Hernandez did not strike out any of the four hitters he faced and Brandon Workman scored two runs.
Zack Britton returned from a hamstring injury and walked two in the two-thirds of an inning in his first appearance since June 25.
LaMarre scored late in the inning and Aroldis Chapman registered a perfect ninth as he tried to recover.
The Yankees also lost another outfielder, as Trey Amburgey left with right hamstring cramps, replaced by Brett Gardner.
“It’s been a tough week,” said Boone.
But one that ended on a positive note.