Red Sox bullpen implodes in second straight loss to Yankees

Associated PressBoston Red Sox pitcher Martin Perez waits as New York Yankees' Gleyber Torres rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run on Sunday.

NEW YORK — Gleyber Torres and Rougned Odor homered to back another strong start from Jameson Taillon as the depleted New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 9-1 on Sunday night.


Red Sox reliever Darwinzon Hernandez allowed four earned runs without getting a single out. He was relived by Brandon Workman, who walked two batters with the bases loaded. Yacksel Rios surrendered two runs in the eighth.

Playing without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge and five of his teammates who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the Yankees won their second straight against rival Boston after dropping the first seven meetings this year.

New York won two of three in a series originally set for four games before Thursday's scheduled opener was postponed for testing and contact tracing.

Boston, which has lost six of eight, left town with a half-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees.

Taillon (5-4) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his 100th major league start, improving to 4-0 in his past five outings. Chad Green escaped a jam in the sixth to protect a three-run cushion.

Ryan LaMarre, just called up from the minors, added a two-run homer in the eighth — his first with the Yankees and first in the majors since September 2019.

DJ LeMahieu extended his on-base streak to 30 games, longest in the big leagues this season, with a single that set up a third-inning run.

New York's no-name outfield of LaMarre, Greg Allen and Trey Amburgey began the night with 12 career home runs — fewest for a Bronx Bombers starting outfield trio since June 10, 1991.

Not exactly Mantle, Maris and Berra — but not a problem on this night.

Torres hit his fifth homer on an 0-2 pitch from Martín Pérez (7-6) leading off the second. Torres also homered his last time up Saturday night in a 3-1 victory that was called after six innings because of heavy rain. That gave him long balls in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak in June 2019.

Odor reached on a bunt single leading off the fifth and scored on Greg Allen's sacrifice fly. He added a two-run homer in the seventh to make it 5-0.

Red Sox infielder Christian Arroyo strained his left hamstring in the third when he went into a split stretching for a throw. He was replaced by Bobby Dalbec. It was the first career appearance at first base for Arroyo, who has played all the other infield positions. Before the game, manager Alex Cora said Arroyo had earned more playing time, and he and the team were comfortable with him at first base.

OF/1B Danny Santana (left quadriceps strain) is expected to come off the injured list Monday after finishing a rehab assignment Sunday with Triple-A Worcester.

All-Star SS Xander Bogaerts doubled twice after sitting out Saturday night with a sore left wrist. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth with Boston trailing 7-0.

The Red Sox shuffle off to Buffalo for the opener of a three-game series Monday night against the division-rival Blue Jays. Nick Pivetta (7-4, 4.30 ERA) faces Toronto's Ross Stripling (3-5, 4.34).


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