LEADING OFF: Garcia joins Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, Votto run



The victory drew the Yankees to within three and a half games of the Red Sox and gave them much-needed momentum entering a Saturday afternoon matchup in which they will send their ace, Luis Severino, to the mound against the Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who has beaten the Yankees twice this season.

Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi homered off Jaime Garcia, and Eduardo Rodriguez handed a 3-0 lead to his bullpen in the seventh.

As Sanchez' primary backup, Romine is projected for 1 home run, 3 doubles and 8 RBI for the remainder of the season. Rodriguez is seeing NY for the first time this season and is 4-1 with a 2.66 ERA in seven career starts versus the Yankees.

Matt Barnes did his job, working a scoreless seventh.

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And then the drama began.

Indeed, the Red Sox appeared to have matters well in hand when they turned over a three-run lead to newly acquired setup man Addison Reed in the eighth inning. Reed had gone 1,005 batters without hitting one since plunking the Dodgers' Dee Gordon on March 23, 2014.

Boston were all about proving they did not have to make big moves to improve the team and were in line to do that before Aaron Hicks hit a two-run home run, which started the fateful rally that broke Red Sox fans' hearts. Reed was then replaced by Joe Kelly, who was greeted by a single to left center that Benintendi, the left fielder, could not gather in time to throw out Sanchez, tying the score at 3-3.

Joe Kelly relieved, Gregorius blooped an opposite-field hit to left, and Frazier was strong enough to muscle another single to left on a pitch that jammed him. The Yankees loaded the bases and added insurance when Ronald Torreyes lifted a sacrifice fly.

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In his first two starts since the trade, in fact, Gray has received just one run of support with nothing to show for posting a 3.00 ERA in those outings. Not only did Hicks hit a two-run homer that brought the Yankees to within one run in a five-run eighth inning, but he made a one-hop throw from left field to third base to double up Eduardo Nunez on a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.

Carlos Carrasco struck out 10 while giving up just two hits over eight innings of the Indians' 5-0 shutout of the Rays. His first major league homer capped a three-hit night for Rosario, who scored three times. They had 16 in 2014, Derek Jeter's final season.

The Red Sox (65-50) jumped to a 3-0 lead via the long ball.

David Price threw all of his pitches in a flat-ground session on Friday at Yankee Stadium. CC Sabathia was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee injury on Friday and Masahiro Tanaka was placed on the same list Saturday for right elbow inflammation.

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Despite the presence of powerful right-handed hitters in the lineup, the Yankees came into play with just a.236 season batting average against opposing left-handed pitchers.

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