Fantasy Impact Severino bounced back after allowing eight earned runs in his last start against the Red Sox and now has allowed one run or fewer in three of his last four starts. "We did it", Servais said. "They're still in first place".
While the Yankees brought the power at the plate, Luis Severino delivered a powerful six-inning showing, allowing an unearned run and two hits against the same team that pounded him for 10 runs on August 12. Starlin Castro laced a three-run double and overpowering Luis Severino (12-6) struck out nine in six innings of two-hit ball to win a marquee matchup on the mound.
A big showing from the Yankees' bats, coupled with another stellar outing from Luis Severino, pulled NY to within 3 1/2 games of first-place Boston in the AL East. He entered with solid numbers against the Yankees in four previous starts this season: 2.12 ERA, a rate of 11 strikeouts a game, a 0.91 WHIP.
It's not an ideal situation for the Yankees, but they'll take it.
"Makes us feel good", Castro said. "It means we've got a good team". You know that he's going to get you.
The Yankees were especially gritty in the batter's box Sunday. On Sunday, the Yankees constantly fouled balls off as Headley, Holliday and Frazier hit two-strike homers against the left-hander, who was hardly as sharp as in his previous appearance in the Bronx on August 13 when he fanned 12 in seven innings.
In the fourth, Holliday sent a 3-2 pitch from Sale into the visitor's bullpen in left-center to make it 2-0.
After squandering chances against Sale in both the first and second innings - leaving two runners on in each frame - the Yankees took the lead in the third after Severino stranded Mitch Moreland at third following his leadoff double. NY has never trailed by more than 5 1/2 games this season.
"He's leading the league in homers".
This time the Yankees had their own top starter going. "I don't think he should be too down on himself".
The teams announced they are partnering to raise money by auctioning off autographed memorabilia and game-used jerseys from Sunday night's series finale between the clubs at Yankee Stadium. He gave up only an unearned run. "He was special tonight", Holliday said.
Before the game, NY manager Joe Girardi and Boston counterpart John Farrell marked the joint fundraising efforts by posing for photos together behind home plate while holding a large Texas flag.
How were the Yankees able to do it and not the Red Sox?
"At this point there's something banged up with each guy", manager John Farrell said before last night's 3-2 loss to the Yankees. "This series is a snapshot of the way things have gone". He's expected back in the lineup Monday night against Toronto. Boston LHP David Price (left elbow inflammation) played catch before the game.
Yankees making moves • The Yankees put outfielder Aaron Hicks on the 10-day disabled list Sunday because of a strained left oblique, less than a month after he missed six weeks because of an injury to his right ribcage. New York OF Clint Frazier (strained left oblique) will start a rehab assignment Wednesday with Double-A Trenton. The 10-inning game Saturday took 4 hours, 9 minutes. It initially was scheduled for 1:05 p.m. He was lifted with one out, one on and Judge coming up.
In other news, the Yankees are skipping Jaime Garcia in the rotation and starting rookie Jordan Montgomery in Baltimore Monday.