CC Sabathia shut down the high-scoring Red Sox Bobby Ryan Jersey , Greg Bird hit two home runs and Aaron Judge connected off a college teammate as the New York Yankees bopped Boston 8-1 on Friday night to retake the top record in the majors.
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 best marks in baseball. Home runs decided this matchup, too, with Miguel Andujar also going deep for New York.
The biggest crowd of the year at Yankee Stadium was in the spirit as lines forming 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.
Steve Pearce, acquired a day earlier from Toronto, batted cleanup in his debut for Boston and doubled and singled off Sabathia. No matter, the big lefty improved to 6-0 in his last seven starts against Boston. Eduardo Rodriguez (9-3) gave up five early runs. Boston fell to 3-4 against their 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. Before the game, the former Fresno State players chatted for a while behind the cage during batting practice – the rookie reliever angrily kicked at the mound dirt as Judge circled the bases.
Gleyber Torres tripled 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.
NATIONALS 17, PHILLIES 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Juan Soto hit two of Washington’s seven home runs, finishing with four hits and five RBIs, and the Nationals routed Philadelphia.
Anthony Rendon, Trea Turner, Bryce Harper, Brian Goodwin and Mark Reynolds also homered for the Nationals, who set a season high for homers. Washington had scored just three runs while losing three straight. Rendon added two doubles and three RBIs, and Harper also contributed three hits and three RBIs.
Rhys Hoskins, Scott Kingery and Carlos Santana homered for Philadelphia. Kingery was a triple shy of the cycle. The teams combined for 28 hits, including 16 for extra bases, on a steamy night in Philadelphia with the game-time temperature 90 degrees.
Erick Fedde (1-3) earned his first major league win in his eighth career start Chris Wideman Jersey , allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings with three strikeouts and three walks.
Nick Pivetta (4-7) was the loser.
RAYS 3, ASTROS 2
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Wilmer Font and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and Tampa Bay snapped Houston’s 11-game road winning streak.
Font (2-3) allowed one run and one hit over five-plus innings before an injury forced him to leave the game. Diego Castillo, Chaz Roe, Sergio Romo and Jose Alvarado held the Astros in check the rest of the way. Alvarado got the final out for his second save.
A strained right lat caused Font’s early exit.
Alex Bregman homered for the Astros, who lost for just fourth time in 22 games overall. Gerrit Cole (9-2) gave up three runs – one earned – and five hits in six innings to end his seven-game winning streak.
ANGELS 7, ORIOLES 1
BALTIMORE (AP) – Mike Trout celebrated his return to center field with a solo home run and an impressive catch, and Los Angeles beat Baltimore to snap a six-game skid.
Martin Maldonado also homered for Los Angeles, Andrelton Simmons had four hits and Felix Pena (1-0) allowed five hits over 5 1/3 shutout innings.
Back in the outfield after an ineffective nine-day stretch as a designated hitter, Trout hit his 24th home run in the first inning off David Hess (2-5) to spark the Angels to their first win in a week. The two-time AL MVP reached base three times and ran down a liner in the gap to rob Danny Valencia of a potential fourth-inning double.
Baltimore owns the worst record in the majors (23-58), and is playing at a pace to lose 116 games. The Orioles have dropped 16 of 17 at home and are 0-14 against the AL West.
CUBS 10, TWINS 6
CHICAGO (AP) – Addison Russell hit his second career grand slam, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist had two-run homers and Chicago rallied to beat Minnesota.
Kyle Schwarber added his 16th home run, a solo shot in seventh, and Anthony Rizzo completed Chicago’s scoring with an RBI single in the eighth. The Cubs have won three in a row after dropping four straight.
Russell’s second homer in two days chased Jose Berrios (8-6) with one out the fifth and put Chicago ahead for the first time, 6-5.
Minnesota’s Joe Mauer homered among three hits and finished with a season-high five RBIs. Coming through twice with two outs, Mauer hit a three-run shot in the second and lined a two-run double off starter Mike Montgomery (3-2) in the fourth.
Brandon Morrow got the final out for his 17th save.
GIANTS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
PHOENIX (AP) – Andrew Suarez pitched six strong innings, Austin Slater had a pair of RBI doubles and San Francisco beat Arizona.
Suarez (3-4) gave up a run, scattering seven hits in his first win in five starts.
Slater, recalled from Triple-A Sacramento four times this season – most recently last Saturday – doubled in a run off Patrick Corbin in the second and knocked in the go-ahead score off Andrew Chafin (1-3) in the seventh. Slater also singled.
Will Smith pitched a perfect ninth for his first save since April 13, 2014.
BREWERS 8, REDS 2
WASHINGTON — The Washington Nationals will try again Saturday to cool off Philadelphia’s Odubel Herrera.
That is something nobody has been able to in more than a week.
Herrera homered for the fifth straight game and finished with four hits Friday night Craig Anderson Jersey , helping the Phillies rout the Washington Nationals 12-2 in the opener of a three-game series.
He is hitting .472 (17 for 36) with six homers, 11 runs and 10 RBIs in his last eight games and raised his season average to .308.
“I don’t think there’s any words for it. I mean it’s simply incredible what he can do,” Friday’s starter and winner Zac Eflin said.
“The thing with Odubel is that he can shake off anything at any given time. … It can look like he’s struggling and then next pitch he hits it 440 feet.”
Herrera hit a tiebreaking two-run shot in the third inning for his 13th homer of the season, matching the club record for consecutive games with a long ball. He has connected in six of his last seven overall.
The Phillies (40-33) pounded out 15 hits and jumped ahead of the Nationals (40-34) for second place in the National League East behind the Atlanta Braves.
“To me, today was the first game where we really got blown out. That was a blowout right there,” Nationals manager Dave Martinez said after Washington lost for the eighth time in 11 games, including the completion of a suspended game.
“We’ve just got to keep our heads up, guys go home and rest, come back tomorrow and do it again.”
Washington’s Michael A. Taylor extended his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI double and Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with a walk in the leadoff spot.
The Phillies got a homer and four RBIs from Carlos Santana, who also singled and walked twice.
Philadelphia’s Aaron Nola (8-2, 2.55) opposes rookie RHP Erick Fedde (0-2, 5.63) in a matchup of 2014 first-round draft picks on Saturday. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the first-year player draft and Fedde was the 18th.
Nola hasn’t taken a loss since May 20 but scuffled in his last start, allowing four runs and seven hits in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision at Milwaukee. The Phillies prevailed 10-9.
“My command really wasn’t where it usually is,” Nola told mlb.com. “My fastball was cutting a little bit and missing off the plate a little bit. They had a good approach against me.”
Against the Nationals, Nola is 1-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 10 starts. Harper is 8-for-17 with two home runs versus Nola, Daniel Murphy is 8-for-20 and Anthony Rendon is 4-for-17.
Fedde makes his fourth start of the season for Washington and third since replacing injured Stephen Strasburg in the rotation. He’s coming off a loss to the Yankees on Monday, when he allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
“He pitched well except when he made one mistake,” Martinez told the Washington Post, referring to Aaron Hicks’ two-run homer in the fifth. “We were very, very excited to see this.”
Fedde will be making his first career start against the Phillies.