Benintendi fuels Red Sox past Yankees

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Giancarlo Stanton smacked his major league-leading 40th home run and the Marlins scored three times in the eighth to earn a 6-3 victory against the Rockies.

It looked like it would be a long night for Eduardo Rodriguez. Boston was up 3-0 and in command.

"Big-time - I mean, big-time - throw", fellow outfielder Brett Gardner said. "But just the two-run homer kind of got us going and made it a different game".

Sanchez has posted marginally better offensive numbers since returning with Judge from the Home Run Derby and the All-Star festivities in Miami in mid-July (.241 with five homers).

The Yankees would pad their lead.

NEW YORK (AP) - Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia could be headed to the disabled list for the third time this season. This one, however, was one of the more ill-advised, costlier instances of the season.

What made matters worse was the fact that recently acquired Todd Frazier, who many pundits said the Red Sox should go after, tallied the go-ahead single that scored Aaron Judge.

That wasn't the case though, as that ended up being the Yankees biggest threat against Rodriguez. The Red Sox are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in NY, 4-10 in the last 14 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in NY.

While the arrival of 20-year-old top prospect Rafael Devers has shored up third base (he's hitting.319/.396/.553 in 53 PA), Boston's offense is still unimposing; just four regulars are posting an OPS+ above 100, led by Mookie Betts (109).

Finally, in the ninth, Aroldis Chapman walked the first three batters he faced before he finally found the strike zone against Benintendi, who had already homered against a lefty earlier in the game when he took Garcia deep to make it 3-0.

Ramirez, who has feasted on Yankees pitching this season and last, belted a 3-1 fastball off the back wall of the visitors' bullpen in left field in the first inning, staking the Red Sox to a 2-0 lead.

Sunday: Boston Red Sox at Yankees, 8:05 p.m., ESPN. In seven career appearances (six starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 3.00 against the Yankees. Instead of turning two, the error loaded the bases with no outs, providing a stroke of luck and a fresh shot at redemption. Yet they began this weekend - less than two weeks later - a season-high tying 4.5 games behind Boston in the divisional race and barely atop the narrowing logjam of seven teams within four games for the league's two wild-card berths. Addison Reed opened the floodgates, and Joe Kelly gave up the tying and go-ahead runs to the Yankees. The Brewers wasted a three-run blast by Marcus Thames and dropped their sixth in a row to fall into a third-place tie with the Pirates in the NL Central. "I got sent down, I'm [now] just trying to help the team", Montgomery said.

The Yankees improved to to 61-53. The Red Sox division lead is back to 4 1/2 games, tied for their largest of the season.