Benintendi's bombs: Outfielder drives in 6 as Sox bounce back from loss

by Steven Clarke August 15, 2017, 0:10
Benintendi's bombs: Outfielder drives in 6 as Sox bounce back from loss

The two home runs combined with a lack of run support made his outing seem a lot worse than it actually was.

Boston held a 3-0 lead going into the eighth inning in Friday's series opener before Addison Reed, the latest addition to the relief corps, was charged with four runs without recording an out as the Red Sox bullpen had a 19-inning scoreless streak come to an end and the team went on to suffer a 5-4 loss.

Benintendi, 23, became the youngest Red Sox player to drive in six runs in a game against the Yankees. With the victory, just Boston's fourth in 11 meetings with the Yankees, the Red Sox extended their AL East lead to 4 ¹/₂ games entering Sunday night's rubber match.

Gary Sanchez hit a two-run homer while Chase Headley and Jacoby Ellsbury hit solo homers in the ninth as the Yankees (61-54) lost for the seventh time in 11 games.

Benintendi blasted two three-run homers Saturday off Luis Severino, powering the Red Sox to a bounce-back 10-5 victory over the Yankees in The Bronx. "He made some mistakes". He's been so good and executing so well, and we haven't seen that for a while. Even more impressive was Hicks' play in the field, throwing out Eduardo Nunez at third base after catching a sac fly from Andrew Benintendi in the ninth inning as well as holding Mookie Betts (who Eduardo Nunez should've used as an example) to a single on what should have been a frozen rope double to left field in the third inning.

In the third inning, he jumped on a 97 miles per hour fastball from Severino to give the Red Sox their first lead of the day, at 5-2.

Severino kicked off the fifth by allowing a single to Nunez and a double to Betts, then watched another Benintendi blast clear the wall to blow the game wide open.

The All-Star right-hander retired the Boston Red Sox 1-2-3 in the first on six pitches then set them down in order again in the second.

NOTES: The Red Sox placed 2B Dustin Pedroia (left knee inflammation) on the 10-day DL and the Yankees put RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right shoulder inflammation) on the DL. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he doesn't expect Tanaka to miss much more than the 10 days. LHP Jordan Montgomery, who is scheduled to oppose Boston LHP Chris Sale on Sunday, was struck by a ball on the right side of his head when he was signing autographs during batting practice.

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