Gary Sanchez cracked two homers off David Price and Michael Pineda struck out eight over seven dominant innings as the Yankees defeated the Red Sox, 9-1, on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, taking two of three games in a showdown of American League East rivals. The win increased New York’s lead over second-place Boston to three games.
Sanchez hit a three-run homer in the third inning and added a two-run drive in the fifth off of Price, who came into the outing with controversy swirling. Following Wednesday evening’s 8-0 Boston loss, Price had an emotional outburst with a reporter that Red Sox manager John Farrell said would be “handled” after the left-hander took the mound.
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