NEW YORK — Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Red Sox held off the Yankees 6-5 in a wild finish Sunday night for their first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.
Marwin Gonzalez launched a tying homer in the seventh for Boston and made a slick defensive play at second base with a runner in scoring position for the final out. Gonzalez also turned a tough double play in the bottom of the 10th — and committed a throwing error that put Tyler Wade on second with two outs.
“It’s no secret I’ve been grinding offensively lately,” said Gonzalez, who began the night batting .201 with one home run. “It was special to hit that homer and tie the game.”
Gleyber Torres lined a tying double in the ninth off closer Matt Barnes (2-1), but Boston (36-23) recovered to win its fourth straight and move a season-high 13 games over .500.
Alex Verdugo homered early and Bogaerts lofted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth after Gold Glove second baseman DJ LeMahieu flubbed pinch-hitter Christian Arroyo’s popup. LeMahieu overran the ball a bit in shallow rightfield and it glanced off his glove for a leadoff double.
“We got lucky there,” Boston manager Alex Cora said.
Bogaerts singled to left-center in the 10th off Luis Cessa (1-1) after Arroyo, a former Hernando High standout, advanced two runners with a sacrifice bunt.
Phillips Valdez started the critical double play in the bottom of the 10th and got three outs for his first major-league save.
Boston is 15-3 in its last 18 games against AL East opponents and leads the majors with 21 comeback wins.
Barnes was handed his second blown save in 16 chances this year. The right-hander was trying for his third save of the series.
Gary Sanchez had a two-run double for the Yankees, who are fourth in the AL East. They’ve dropped four in a row and 10 of 13.
“No concern at all. We’re a really good team,” Sanchez said through a translator. “There’s no doubt that we’re going to be able to get out of it.”
With runners at the corners and the game tied with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, pinch-hitter Rougned Odor was called out on a 3-2 breaking ball from Barnes that appeared outside. Before the next inning began, Yankees coach Phil Nevin was ejected by plate umpire Gabe Morales for arguing.
Moments later, bench coach Carlos Mendoza was tossed from the Yankees dugout after Bobby Dalbec walked on a close 3-2 pitch to open the 10th.
Severino strong for Low-A Tampa
Yankees right-hander Luis Severino reached 99 mph with his fastball and threw 24 of 34 pitches for strikes in a rehab start for Low-A Tampa, his first appearance since having Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020.
He allowed one run and two hits with three strikeouts in 2-2/3 innings.
“Very encouraged,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Sounds like today was another positive step.”
Severino’s next outing is scheduled for Saturday with a higher-level farm team in the Northeast.
— By MIKE FITZPATRICK
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