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Decide, Yankees pound Worth for 4-game sweep of Purple Sox

Aaron Decide homered early and a makeshift New York Yankees lineup pounded David Worth in a 7-Four victory Sunday night time that despatched the defending World Collection champion Boston Purple Sox to their eighth consecutive defeat.

With solely three projected regulars within the batting order, the banged-up Yankees received their fifth straight and accomplished the primary four-game sweep of their longtime rivals since August 2009. New York (72-39) maintained its eight-game lead within the AL East over Tampa Bay and dropped the third-place Purple Sox a whopping 14 1/2 behind — to not point out 6 1/2 video games out of a playoff spot.

Boston has dropped eight in a row for the primary time since an eight-game skid in July 2015.

Nonetheless, no pleasure comes with out ache for the Yankees today. All-Star second baseman Gleyber Torres was lifted within the late innings with a core harm and despatched to the hospital for assessments. Third baseman Gio Urshela was eliminated just a few innings after fouling a ball off every leg in a span of three pitches.

Handed a 7-Zero lead after three innings, J.A. Happ (9-6) improved to 10-Four in opposition to the sluggish Purple Sox, who completed 1-Eight within the Bronx this yr and are 4-11 within the season collection. He beat Worth (7-5) in a matchup of beginning pitchers who simply got here off paternity depart.

The rollicking sellout crowd of 47,267 gave a struggling Worth the Pedro Martínez therapy, chanting “Who’s your daddy?” throughout his newest flop at Yankee Stadium.

The beginning was delayed 69 minutes as a consequence of a risk of rain, although it remained virtually fully dry all through.

Happ sailed by means of 4 innings earlier than Christian Vázquez and rookie Michael Chavis hit back-to-back solo homers within the fifth. After a two-out wild pitch within the sixth, Andrew Benintendi chased Happ with a two-run single that shaved it to 7-4.

Luis Cessa struck out Chavis with two on and labored 2 1/Three hitless innings. Chad Inexperienced received three outs for his third main league save and second this season.

Decide despatched a no-doubt solo drive into the elevated bleachers in right-center within the first. It was his first dwelling run in 58 at-bats since July 19.

Decide walked within the third and Urshela, batting cleanup, launched a two-run homer off the again wall of Boston’s bullpen in left-center. That was the primary of six straight two-out hits — 4 for further bases — after which a stroll that ended Worth’s night time.

Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin hit consecutive doubles. Mike Ford, a 27-year-old undrafted rookie out of Princeton carrying No. 74, had an RBI single. Third-string catcher Kyle Higashioka laced his second double off Worth, and No. 9 batter Mike Tauchman added a two-run single in a half-inning that took 28 minutes.

Worth stood behind the mound, head lowered along with his again to dwelling plate, as he waited to be pulled after throwing 75 pitches in solely 2 2/Three innings. The left-hander gave up a season-high seven runs and 9 hits earlier than strolling slowly to the dugout. He’s 0-Three with a 10.59 ERA in simply 17 innings over his final 4 outings.

Worth additionally fell to 1-7 with a 9.61 ERA in eight begins at Yankee Stadium since signing a $217 million, seven-year contract to hitch the Purple Sox earlier than the 2016 season. The lone win got here on June 2, additionally a Sunday night time sport.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: CF Aaron Hicks went on the 10-day injured listing with a flexor pressure in his proper elbow. Hicks will not throw for every week to 10 days, however the group is optimistic he’ll return this season. Gardner turns into the first middle fielder. … SS Didi Gregorius returned to the lineup for the primary time since rolling over his left wrist fielding a ball Wednesday. … All-Star catcher Gary Sánchez probably will start a minor league rehab task this week and is anticipated to rejoin the Yankees subsequent weekend in Toronto. … Ford performed first base, with DJ LeMahieu getting a relaxation after returning Friday from a sore groin. Edwin Encarnación (damaged proper wrist) and Luke Voit (sports activities hernia) are sidelined. LeMahieu entered at second base for Gleyber Torres within the eighth.

CHANGING SOX

Boston recalled RHP Ryan Weber from Triple-A Pawtucket and optioned RHP Colten Brewer, RHP Josh Smith and INF Marco Hernández to its high farm membership.

UP NEXT

Purple Sox: RHP Rick Porcello (9-8, 5.74 ERA) pitches Monday night time in opposition to Kansas Metropolis LHP Mike Montgomery within the opener of a seven-game homestand. The 2016 AL Cy Younger Award winner was 4-1 in 5 July begins regardless of a 7.94 ERA.

Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (7-6, 4.78) takes the ball Monday night time in Baltimore when New York begins a seven-game journey in opposition to two AL East also-rans. Tanaka hasn’t lasted greater than 4 innings in both of his previous two outings and is 1-Four with a 7.40 ERA on the highway this yr. RHP Gabriel Ynoa (1-6, 5.55) goes for the last-place Orioles.

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