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New York Yankees sweep doubleheader against Boston Red Sox

Aug 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2021; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Gil (81) delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Luis Gil pitched 4 2/3 effective innings while Luke Voit and Giancarlo Stanton homered as the surging New York Yankees completed a day-night doubleheader sweep of the visiting Boston Red Sox with a 2-0 victory Tuesday night.

The Yankees won their fifth straight and prevailed for the 17th time in 22 games since blowing a four-run lead at Fenway Park on July 25. They ended the night tied with Boston for the second American League wild-card spot.

Gil came within an out of qualifying for his second career win. He allowed three hits, survived four walks and struck out in a 71-pitch outing.

Through his first three starts, Gil has tossed 15 2/3 scoreless innings. It is the longest scoreless streak by a Yankee to start a career, breaking the mark set by Joba Chamberlain (15 1/3 innings over 12 relief appearances) in 2007.

Voit and Stanton provided the big hits in New York’s 5-3 win in the opener with a two-run double and pinch-hit RBI single, respectively, when the Yankees scored three times in the fifth inning.

This time, Voit and Stanton used their power.

With two outs in the second inning, Voit hit a first-pitch fastball from Nathan Eovaldi (10-8) into the right field seats for his sixth homer.

Stanton led the fourth by hammering Eovaldi’s 0-2 curveball off a ledge in front of the left field bleachers for a 441-foot homer.

The Red Sox fell to 8-14 since the last meeting with New York in Boston. They left the bases loaded in the seventh in the opener and did the same in the fifth inning during the nightcap.

Wandy Peralta (2-1) protected the two-run lead by retiring left-handed slugger Rafael Devers to end the fifth. He then stranded two in a scoreless sixth in dramatic fashion.

Pinch hitter Bobby Dalbec hit a comebacker that Peralta knocked down. Peralta got the glove up, the ball went to the third side of the mound and the pitcher threw a perfect strike to first base for the final out.

Chad Green completed the sweep by tossing a perfect seventh inning for his fifth save.

Eovaldi allowed two runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one.

–Field Level Media