(The Sports Xchange) – Didi Gregorius was not going to allow the Boston Red Sox to have back-to-back walk-off wins on consecutive nights.
Gregorius ripped a go-ahead RBI single to highlight a three-run 16th inning for the New York Yankees in a 4-1 victory over traditional rival Boston Red Sox in a five-hour, 50-minute game on Saturday at Fenway Park.
“It’s a good feeling,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of watching Gregorius’ timely hit. “Our guys were really good at tacking on.”
New York (46-42) bounced back after star closer Aroldis Chapman issued a walk-off walk to Andrew Benintendi in Friday’s 5-4 series-opening loss after entering the ninth with a 4-3 lead.
On Saturday, Jacoby Ellsbury doubled off Red Sox reliever Doug Fister (0-3) to open the Yankees’ 16th. Chase Headley’s bloop single to center field put runners on first and third to set up Gregorius’ single to center.
Austin Romine followed with another RBI single and Gary Sanchez added a sacrifice fly after a Ronald Torreyes sacrifice bunt and Fister’s intentional walk to Brett Gardner.
Matt Holliday clubbed a game-tying solo homer in the ninth, his 16th of the season, off closer Craig Kimbrel for New York, which had lost 19 of its last 26 games coming in and pulled within 3 1/2 games of American League East-leading Boston (51-40).
“It’s a huge win for this team with the way some of the things had gone,” Girardi said.
Yankees starter Luis Severino permitted one run, four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in seven innings. Ben Heller (1-0) struck out three and pitched the final two innings for the victory.
Boston starter Chris Sale, the American League starter in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, matched a season high with 13 strikeouts in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
Sale became the first Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2003 with multiple 10-plus strikeout games against the Yankees in a season.
“He’s been outstanding,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “On a day where I thought he pitched under control, he had real good power early on but then he pitched comfortably throughout the rest of the ballgame.”
The left-hander allowed three hits and two walks before being relieved by Kimbrel, who proceeded to blow his second save since July 3 and his first at Fenway. Kimbrel had converted a Fenway-record 30 consecutive saves.