NEW YORK – Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Saturday night in a game that ended after six innings amid a torrential downpour.
Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres hit home runs in a row in the sixth off Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1), and the Yankees beat their fierce rivals for the first time in eight games this year.
New York hadn’t beaten Boston since Sept. 19.
Cole (10-4), who threw 129 pitches for a shutout last Saturday in Houston, this time allowed one run and five hits while covering a six-inning complete game. It was the seventh time he has struck out 10 or more this season.
The match started 52 minutes late due to the threat of a storm, although it was not raining and the canvas was not placed on the ground.
The activity came to a halt before the Yankees took a 3-1 lead when a fan threw a ball near Mexican left fielder Alex Verdugo.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 3-1, Christian Vázquez 3-0. The Mexican Verdugo of 3-1. The Dominican Rafael Devers 2-0.
For the Yankees, the Venezuelans Rougned Odor 2-0, Torres 2-1 with a run scored and an RBI. The Dominican Sánchez 2-1 with one scored.