Torres, Odor homer to back Taillon as Yanks beat Red Sox, 9-1

By MIKE FITZPATRICK

The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Ryan LaMarre, Greg Allen and Trey Amburgey.

That was the New York Yankees’ starting outfield Sunday night for a critical game against rival Boston.

Not exactly the Bronx Bombers of Mantle, Maris and Berra. But not to be taken lightly, either.

Gleyber Torres, Rougned Odor and LaMarre homered to back another strong start from Jameson Taillon as the depleted Yankees pulled away for a 9-1 victory over the scuffling Red Sox.

Playing without All-Star slugger Aaron Judge and five of his teammates who also tested positive for COVID-19 recently, the Yankees took their second straight from Boston after dropping the first seven meetings this year.

“It would have been easy for us to roll over after everything that’s happened,” Taillon said.

Taillon (5-4) pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings of four-hit ball in his 100th major league start, improving to 4-0 in his past five outings.

Chad Green escaped a jam in the sixth to protect a three-run cushion.

New York won two of three in a series originally set for four games before Thursday’s scheduled opener was postponed for testing and contact tracing.

“That’s definitely a big deal against anyone in our division, especially the Red Sox,” Taillon said.

Boston, which has lost six of eight overall, left town with a half-game lead in the AL East over Tampa Bay, and seven in front of the fourth-place Yankees.

“We haven’t hit,” manager Alex Cora said. “We’ve been chasing pitches.”

DJ LeMahieu extended his on-base streak to 30 games, longest in the big leagues this season, with a single that set up a third-inning run for New York.

LaMarre, just called up from the minors, added a two-run homer in the eighth — his first with the Yankees and first in the majors since September 2019.

New York’s no-name outfield began the night with 12 career home runs — fewest for a Yankees starting trio since June 10, 1991.

“It’s kind of weird not seeing certain guys’ faces around here, but we have a good environment in there,” Taillon said.

Torres hit his fifth homer on an 0-2 pitch from starter Martín Pérez (7-6) leading off the second. Torres also homered his last time up Saturday night in a 3-1 victory that was called after six innings because of heavy rain. That gave him long balls in consecutive games for the first time since a three-game streak in June 2019.

Odor reached on a bunt single leading off the fifth and scored on Allen’s sacrifice fly. He added a two-run homer to make it 5-0 in a four-run seventh that featured five walks, including three in a row — two with the bases loaded.

“I think we’re OK,” Pérez said. “We’re one of the best teams in the big leagues.”

∫ BEST BEHAVIOR: There was no visible trouble between Red Sox players and unruly fans, one night after Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo was hit by a baseball thrown from the Yankee Stadium stands. The fan who threw the ball was banned for life from attending big league games.

∫ TRAINER’S ROOM: Red Sox: 1B Christian Arroyo strained his left hamstring when he went into a split stretching for a throw and is most likely headed to the injured list, Cora said.

Yankees: RHP Luis Severino threw 30 pitches to hitters, simulating two innings. “I thought he threw the ball really well. Looks strong, healthy,” manager Aaron Boone said.

By Paul Wager