In a matchup of top aces, Masahiro Tanaka outpitched David Price, as the Yankees avoid the sweep against the Red Sox with a 3-1 win on Sunday Night.
The Redsox jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as Dustin Pedroia launched a solo home run early in the 1st inning.
The Yankees took control of this contest with a three-run fourth inning. Second Baseman Starlin Castro drove in Didi Gregorius with an RBI double. Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury each added RBI singles.
After looking great in his last three starts, Price (9-7) produced only one strikeout, allowing three runs on 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
According to Yankees Manager Joe Girardi they needed to turn things around and called Sunday night “probably as important (a) game that we’ve had in July in a long time.”
New York Yankees (45-46) responded with excellent pitching and enough offense to allow their amazing bullpen to close it out.
Tanaka (7-2) looks great in starts when given extra rest. He’s now 6-0 in 11 starts when given more than four days off. Tonight, he struck out seven allowing one walk and just three hits over six innings.
Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman combined for three hitless innings. Chapman worked the ninth for his 18th save of the season. The Yankees are now 17-1 when all three pitch in the same game.
New York’s bullpen has thrown 19 straight shutout innings.
Boston remains two games behind first-place Baltimore in the AL East.