“The adrenaline was pumping, so I didn’t really feel too much when I went in there,” Judge said of the catch. “Just trying to make a play for Sevvy.”
Severino turned in one of the strongest performances of his young career, firing seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits and two walks and striking out six.
“My confidence right now is very good,” said Severino. “Like I said, I was making good pitches. I wasn’t thinking about left field or the Green Monster or whatever. I was just trying to throw everything I’ve got.”
Dellin Betances fired a lockdown eighth for the Yankees, but Aroldis Chapman labored in the ninth to earn his fifth save. The lefty gave up a hit and a run while walking two and striking out two and generated just two swings and misses in 33 pitches.
In a losing effort, Red Sox righty Rick Porcello allowed five hits and two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, walking four and striking out nine.
“I think the sinker and four-seam, the combination of both, was pretty solid today,” Porcello said. “So I’ve got to keep building off that. The walks, they’ll come back to hurt you.”
Greg Bird gave the Yankees some insurance with an RBI single off the Green Monster in the sixth to score Judge, who started the rally with a two-out walk.
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Judge goes oppo: Judge jumped on the first Porcello pitch he saw, an 88.7-mph two-seamer, and belted it to the front row of seats beyond the visitors’ bullpen for his seventh homer of the season. According to Statcast™, the blast had an exit velocity of 109.7 mph and had a projected distance of 385 feet.
“I’m glad I was able to get two runs on the board early against a former Cy Young winner,” said Judge. ” I know he has good stuff, so I was just trying to attack him early and get something over the plate.”
Late drama: Chapman issued a leadoff walk to Andrew Benintendi, and Mookie Betts doubled to set up Chris Young‘s RBI groundout. Jackie Bradley Jr. whiffed and Josh Rutledge also went down swinging to end the game, but not before making the Yanks gulp with a long foul ball down the left-field line.
“You’ve got to stay short. Everything he throws is hard. Really, I wasn’t trying to do too much. I was just trying to play pepper with him,” said Rutledge. “I saw the angle on it, I knew it was going to go foul. I knew I hit it well. I was just a little out in front of it.”
Chapman said that the Red Sox were able to foul off his high fastballs and that his command wasn’t as sharp as it usually is. He also downplayed a moment caught by television cameras after catcher Austin Romine congratulated him for the final out, in which Chapman grimaced while touching his left elbow.
“No, I feel fine. Thank God, I feel fine,” Chapman said through an interpreter.
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Judge is one of two Yankees to homer in his first at-bats at both Yankee Stadium and Fenway Park, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other was Cody Ransom, who did it in 2008.
In the bottom of the third, Judge jumped into the seats in right field for a tremendous catch of a foul ball by Bogaerts. Initially, it was ruled a drop. But Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call, and it was overturned. Marco Hernandez, who had been on second, was awarded third base on the play because Judge (and the ball) entered the stands, but the Red Sox couldn’t get Hernandez home.
“He seems to be all right,” Girardi said. “I imagine he’ll be pretty sore. The wall probably didn’t like it much.”
Yankees: Masahiro Tanaka feels that he is making strides in the right direction, and the right-hander will have a formidable challenge on his hands on Thursday as the Yankees and Red Sox complete their rain-shortened series at Fenway Park. Tanaka is 5-2 with a 4.05 ERA in 10 career starts vs. Boston, and 2-1 with a 4.34 ERA in five starts at Fenway. First pitch is at 7:10 p.m. ET.
Red Sox: Ace Chris Sale will try to continue the brilliant run that has marked the start of his Boston career when he makes his first rivalry start. The lefty has 42 strikeouts while allowing just three earned runs in 29 2/3 innings. The only thing missing has been run support. The Red Sox have scored just four runs for Sale. In seven career starts against the Yankees, Sale is 4-1 with a 1.25 ERA.
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