Game 131 / 73-58 / 2nd / -1.5 GB : The Yankees lineup weathered a 13 strikeout performance by Boston starter Rick Porcello, managing to scratch out 3 runs while Yankee starter Michael Pineda and the usual suspects from the ‘pen combined to hold the Red Sox to only one. It was a had-to-happen, must-win, no-bout-a-doubt-it required victory, and the Bronx Bombers got it done. Their prize? Treading water in second place at 1.5 games back in the American League East, as the Blue Jays defeated the Cleveland Indians tonight, 5-3.
Here’s the box score, full recap, and video highlights.
Yankees 3, Red Sox 1
“We’ve still got a long way to go. It’s a month and it’s a long process. Don’t count anybody out. We’re going to keep going, and hopefully keep this thing going.” ‐ Stephen Drew (h/t: Bryan Hoch / MLB.com)