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Yankees steamroll Red Sox to open up 15.5-game lead in AL East



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BOSTON — The Yankees are beginning to appear like Secretariat within the Belmont Stakes. 

Even on an evening when Nestor Cortes got here up together with his roughest begin of the season, the Yankees used their offense and bullpen to additional cement their place as one of the best workforce within the division — in addition to within the majors — with a 12-5 win over the Purple Sox. 

In entrance of a raucous sellout crowd at Fenway Park, the Yankees received a three-run homer from Josh Donaldson — who has homered in three straight video games — and sufficient from their bullpen to ship Boston to its fourth consecutive loss. 

And so they’ve constructed a season-high 15 ½-game lead within the AL East with their 61-23 begin, thanks partly to a 28-12 document within the division. 

Cortes lasted a season-low 3 ²/₃ innings, whereas permitting 4 runs on eight hits to push his ERA as much as 2.74. 

However the Yankees hardly felt it, as they received to Boston right-hander Connor Seabold shortly. 

Josh Donaldson watches his three-run homer in the first inning.
Josh Donaldson watches his three-run homer within the first inning.
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DJ LeMahieu led off the sport with a single and moved to second on a rocket grounder to 3rd by Aaron Choose that was snared by a diving Rafael Devers. 

Matt Carpenter was hit by a pitch and Gleyber Torres adopted with a run-scoring single. 

Donaldson, who hit a grand slam in Thursday’s win, then delivered a three-run shot to left to offer the Yankees a 4-0 lead. 

Matt Carpenter hits a double in the second inning.
.Matt Carpenter hits a double within the second inning.
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Seabold survived the inning, however wanted 37 pitches to take action. 

Cortes was shaky within the backside of the primary. 

Boston had two on and two out because of singles by former Yankee Rob Refsnyder and J.D. Martinez when Christian Vazquez hit a two-run double to left-center, reducing the Yankees’ result in 4-2. 

Nestor Cortes pitches on Friday during the Yankees' win over the Red Sox.
Nestor Cortes pitches on Friday in the course of the Yankees’ win over the Purple Sox.
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An RBI double by Carpenter drove residence LeMahieu within the second. 

The Yankees added to their lead within the third — with some assist from Christian Arroyo in proper discipline. 

Aaron Hicks walked and Jose Trevino doubled earlier than Marwin Gonzalez popped out for the primary out, mentioning the struggling Joey Gallo. 

Gallo lofted a fly ball to proper, however Arroyo misplaced the ball within the nightfall or the lights and ended up nowhere close to the place it landed. That allowed Hicks and Trevino to attain, however Gallo was thrown out on the plate attempting for an inside-the-park homer after an ill-advised ship from third base coach Luis Rojas. 

Christian Arroyo loses Joey Gallo's fly ball in the lights.
Christian Arroyo loses Joey Gallo’s fly ball within the lights.
Joey Gallo is tagged out at home attempting an inside-the-park homer.
Joey Gallo is tagged out at residence making an attempt an inside-the-park homer.

Seabold left with proper forearm tightness and the Yankees continued to pour it on within the fourth towards reliever Michael Feliz. 

Carpenter led off with a homer, his ninth of the season. Donaldson and Hicks executed a double steal later within the inning, with Donaldson scoring on a throwing error by Vazquez from behind the plate. 

However Cortes’ struggles continued within the backside of the fourth. Trevor Story and Bobby Dalbec hit homers and the left-hander was pulled with two on and two out. 

Miguel Castro got here on to face Xander Bogaerts and hit him with a 2-2 pitch to load the bases for Vazquez. Castro received to a full depend towards Vazquez earlier than hanging him out to finish the inning. 

Albert Abreu, who had not been scored upon in 5 appearances since rejoining the Yankees final month, gave up a run within the sixth and left with runners on the corners and two outs. 

Lucas Luetge entered to face Alex Verdugo and walked him to load the bases. Dealing with Story, Luetge received the second baseman to pop to second and subsequently tossed 3 ¹/₃ scoreless innings to complete the sport. 

The Purple Sox have been additional embarrassed by placing Jackie Bradley Jr. on the mound within the ninth. He walked Isiah Kiner-Falefa with the bases loaded to drive in a run.