AL East-leading Red Sox beat short-handed Yankees, 4-0

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Eduardo Rodriguez shut down the short-handed Yankees into the sixth inning, Christian Arroyo and J.D. Martinez homered, and the Boston Red Sox beat their rivals 4-0 Friday night with New York missing slugger Aaron Judge and five others due to a coronavirus outbreak.

A day after the series opener was postponed for testing and contact tracing, Judge, third baseman Gio Urshela and catcher Kyle Higashioka were added to the COVID-19 injured list. They joined Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta, who have also tested positive over the past week.

New York was also without first baseman Luke Voit, who went on the injured list Friday with a bone bruise in his left knee.

Rodriguez (7-5) allowed two hits over 5 2/3 innings, retiring 10 straight during one stretch and finishing with eight strikeouts. Hirokazu Sawamura got the final out of the sixth, and Tanner Houck pitched the final three innings, closing out Boston’s three-hitter for his first big league save.

Arroyo hit a two-run drive during a three-run second inning against starter Jordan Montgomery (3-5). He also had a double against Domingo Germán in the seventh.

Martinez connected against Justin Wilson in the eighth, lining his 19th of the season into the right field seats for a solo shot that made it 4-0.

Montgomery pitched three-run ball over six innings with three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. New York failed to score with Montgomery on the mound for his fifth straight start, matching Bill Short in 1960 and Fritz Peterson in 1967 for the longest such streak in franchise history, according to STATS.

The AL East-leading Red Sox improved to 7-0 in the 19-game season series and beat New York for the eighth consecutive time, their best run in the rivalry since winning eight straight meetings from 2008-09.

The fourth-place Yankees were coming off a disappointing first half that ended Sunday when Houston’s Jose Altuve hit a walk-off homer in an 8-7 New York defeat. They’re now nine games back of Boston and likely to be without Judge and their other COVID-19-positive players for at least 10 days.

New York promoted four hitters from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre: first baseman Chris Gittens, infielder Hoy Park, outfielder Greg Allen and catcher Rob Brantly. Outfielder Trey Amburgey was called up Thursday, when left-hander Zack Britton was activated from the 10-day injured list.

The 26-year-old Amburgey started in right field for his major league debut. He hit .312 with seven homers for the RailRiders this season, but he was 0 for 2 Friday.

Allen pinch hit for Amburgey in the seventh and singled in his first at-bat this year. Park followed with a rally-killing groundout as a pinch-hitter in his first big league action.

Struggling Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out one and walking one on 23 pitches.

∫ TRAINER’S ROOM: Red Sox: Houck was called up from Triple-A. He’s likely to join the rotation next week. … INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez was placed on the 10-day IL with a right hamstring strain, and RHP Austin Brice was designated for assignment.

Yankees: Voit experienced swelling in his knee over the weekend and had it drained, but Boone said the slugger had lingering pain this week. The 2020 major league home run leader was expected to get a platelet-rich plasma injection Friday night, and there’s no timeline for his return. Voit had surgery on the same knee in March to repair a partially torn meniscus.

Phillies 5, Marins 2,

1st Game

Marlins 7, Phillies 0,

2nd Game

PHILADELPHIA — Jesús Aguilar homered and drove in four runs, Starling Marte went deep with three RBIs and Miami beat Philadelphia to split a doubleheader.

Jordan Holloway (2-2), recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville on Friday as the 27th man, didn’t allow a hit in five innings of relief after Ross Detwiler opened with a scoreless first. Holloway stuck out six and walked two. Richard Bleier completed the two-hitter with a scoreless seventh. Zach Eflin (4-7) was the loser.

In the opener, Travis Jankowski drove in four runs and Matt Moore struck out nine while pitching into the fifth inning to lead the Phillies. Archie Bradley (4-1) tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, and Ranger Suarez struck out the side in the seventh for his third save. Sandy Alcantara (5-9) took the loss.

Blue Jays 10, Rangers 2

BUFFALO — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. followed up his breakout All-Star Game with two homers to help Toronto beat Texas.

All-Stars Teoscar Hernández and Marcus Semien homered for Toronto along with Randal Grichuk, and Robbie Ray (8-4) held Texas scoreless over 6 2/3 innings.

Guerrero, named the All-Star MVP on Tuesday night, connected off Texas starter Jordan Lyles (5-6) in the first inning to make it 1-0 and added a three-run blast in the sixth against Dennis Santana, his 30th of the season.

That lead to chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!” from the crowd of 10,100 as the Blue Jays opened their final stretch of games in their temporary Buffalo home. They received approval from the Canadian government Friday to return to Toronto for the homestand that begins July 30.

Brewers 11, Reds 6

CINCINNATI — Willie Adames homered and drove in four runs in Milwaukee’s victory over Cincinnati.

Adames had a two-run shot in the fifth inning and then doubled home two more in a five-run eighth. After losing three straight to the Reds in Milwaukee before the All-Star break, the Brewers won the first of a three-game set in Cincinnati and pushed their lead in the NL Central back to five games.

Luis Urías and Avisaíl García homered for Milwaukee. Aristides Aquini connected for Cincinnati.

Reliever Brent Suter (9-4) allowed an unearned run in the fifth. Amir Garrett (0-

Astros 7, White Sox 1

CHICAGO — Lance McCullers Jr. pitched seven sparkling innings and Houston beat Chicago in the opener of the weekend series between AL division leaders.

Michael Brantley homered and Myles Straw drove in three runs to helpthe Astros improved to a big league-best 43-22 against teams with a .500 or better record — including a 5-0 mark against the White Sox. Yuli Gurriel added three hits and two RBIs.

McCullers (7-2) surrendered hits on each of his first two pitches: a leadoff triple for Tim Anderson that extended his hitting streak to 13 games, and an RBI double for Yoán Moncada. But that was it for Chicago against the right-hander, who struck out 10 and walked two.

Dylan Cease (7-5) took the loss.

Rays 7, Braves 6, 10 Innings

ATLANTA — Austin Meadows hit a single in the 10th-inning to score Brett Phillips from second base in Tampa Bay’s victory over Atlanta.

With Phillips opening the 10th on second base, right-hander Jesse Chavez (0-2) walked Brandon Lowe before recording two outs. Chavez then gave up Meadows’ go-ahead single to right field,

Ji-Man Choi homered for Tampa Bay.

Freddie Freeman had four hits, including a two-run homer in the fifth for Atlanta. Austin Riley and Dansby Swanson homered for Atlanta.

Matt Wisler (1-1) was the winner, and Pete Fairbanks pitched the 10th for his fourth save.

Royals 9, Orioles 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nicky Lopez drove in four runs to lead Kansas City past Baltimore.

Lopez cleared the bases in the second inning with a two-run single and again in the seventh with a two-run double.

Whit Merrifield went 4 for 5 with three RBIs, including a run-scoring single in the seventh inning. Kansas City finished with 15 hits.

Josh Staumont (1-2) earned the win in relief. Keegan Akin (0-5) took the loss,

By Paul Wager