Boston Red Sox: Eduardo Rodriguez looking dominant again

Alex Rodriguez in his final game at Fenway Park last

Alex Rodriguez in his final game at Fenway Park last

The Yankees score four times before recording an out, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to win 5-4 on Friday night.

Boston were all about proving they did not have to make big moves to improve the team and were in line to do that before Aaron Hicks hit a two-run home run, which started the fateful rally that broke Red Sox fans' hearts.

The Red Sox bullpen had been the best in baseball this season, and as good as it possibly could be this week. The four runs charged to Reed were the most he had allowed in an inning since Kansas City scored five (four earned) against him in the clinching Game 5 of the 2015 World Series.

Since making his major league debut, Severino dealt with being 0-8 as a starting pitcher last season but has bounced back nicely this season. Rich Hill got a no-decision after allowing two runs and five hits with nine strikeouts over six innings.

"The first word the manager told me was, 'I don't care how many errors you make - play hard, do your thing, show me what you can do, '" Nunez said. "Everyone sees the fastball, but now he's gaining confidence in his off-speed stuff". He managed five strikeouts as well. NY cut its AL East deficit to 3½ games and stopped Boston's winning streak at eight. "It doesn't fall off".

Jameson Taillon struck out seven and allowed two runs over six innings as Pittsburgh doubled up Toronto, 4-2. The lefty starter gave up just two hits while striking out seven, hitting 97 miles per hour on the radar gun for the first time this season.

Boston and NY both look built to last, too, suggesting this is just the beginning of what ultimately could be a great thing for Major League Baseball.

Severino will not be facing Sale or Porcello this time.

We haven't that all year, and on Friday night Chapman turned into the July version of Dellin Betances, and he nearly cost the Yankees' their best win of the season, a 5-4 comeback and then survival over the first-place Boston Red Sox.

That made it 3-2 and stopped the Yankees' shutout streak at 16 innings.

"As soon as the ball was pretty deep, I thought in my mind, 'If he throws me out, it's got to be the ideal throw, a strong throw, because of my speed, '" Nunez said. "He feels good physically and another quality start on his part".

The opener of a three-game series between last-place San Francisco and first-place Washington was rained out, meaning the start of the series is pushed back to Saturday.

If there's good news for the Yankees, it's that Aaron Hicks, who hit.290/.398/.515 before going on the DL with an oblique strain in late June, returned to the lineup on Thursday night, and that both displaced third baseman Chase Headley and newly-acquired Garrett Cooper (obtained from Milwaukee for reliever Tyler Webb) have shored up an unproductive situation at first base, with the former hitting.333/.384/.489 in 99 PA in the second half, the latter.378/.385/.568 in 39 PA.

In seven career appearances (six starts), Pomeranz is 2-1 with a 3.00 against the Yankees. Pedroia had just come off the disabled list Tuesday, and manager John Farrell said he might be headed there again.

Sabathia, 37, underwent an MRI exam on his knee Wednesday in NY, but the test revealed no new damage. As was Nunez trying to execute the Red Sox' strategy of taking an extra base.

From there, Chapman induced Mitch Moreland to hit a game-ending can of corn to center in a second lefty-on-lefty confrontation in a row, and the Yankees survived to pull to within 3 1/2 games Boston on a night falling 5 1/2 back seemed likely.

"They definitely are bigger".

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees' offense was asleep for seven innings and so was the sellout crowd.

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