The Red Sox finally snapped their 12-game losing streak against the New York Yankees dating back to last season with a 10-2 win on Sunday at Fenway Park.
Rookie Tanner Houck was stellar in his major league debut last week vs. the Miami Marlins. He was gold in Sunday’s start against New York.
Houck worked six innings for the Sox, striking out four and allowing just one run on one hit. He held the Yankees hitless until the top of the sixth, when Tyler Wade doubled toward the right field gap.
“I didn’t have my best [velocity] today,” said Houck, who averaged 91 miles per hour on his fastball compared with 93.2 mph in his previous start. “So, I knew that going into it I would just go out there and attack with my two-seamer. I just went out there and attacked with that. Going deep into a game with a no-hitter like that was truly an unbelievable experience. It all goes back to following the game plan.”
Said Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke: “Another great outing. The movement was tremendous. Sliders were good. He followed his first outing, which was outstanding, with another great one.”
Meanwhile, the Sox pounded Yankee rookie Deivi Garcia for six runs in just three innings, and that was largely because of Michael Chavis. In the second inning, Chavis hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster on an 82 mile-per-hour slider. In the fourth, Chavis tagged Garcia on the same pitch, this time for a three-run homer.
The Red Sox belted four homers, including one each by Bobby Dalbec and J.D. Martinez.
Jackie Bradley Jr. went 4 for 5 with a double. It was Bradley’s fourth four-hit day of his career.
The Red Sox moved to 20-34 on the year.
Hyers on Martinez struggles
With a week left in the season, Martinez is slashing just .205/.287/.373 with six homers. Hitting coach Tim Hyers said Martinez’s lower half has been out of sync all season long, making it difficult for him to catch up to fastballs.
Hyers admitted Martinez’s confidence has wavered at times, and he’ll get to work immediately in the offseason. Hyers wants him flush this year’s struggles.
“You can’t drag the negativity or the failures of this season,” Hyers said before the game. “We had a long discussion yesterday and we talked about a few things heading into the offseason. I know he’s looking forward to working hard in the gym, getting back to his programs and not taking any time off.”
Feast or famine
Chavis’s and Dalbec’s tape-measure shots Saturday were indicative of the massive power the two players carry. It almost looked like a glimpse into the Red Sox' future.
Or was it? While the pair has the power, they also are prone to strikeouts (though Dalbec has a more seasoned approach than Chavis). But the strikeouts, and the hot and cold streaks, leave you questioning if the two can exist in the same lineup going forward. Roenicke believes it’s a possibility.
“Yes. It depends on where you have them in the lineup,” Roenicke said. "Any time you have somebody that has the potential of hitting a lot of home runs, you’re going to put up with some up and downs, unless you have a guy like J.D. who hits .300. There aren’t that many guys in the league like that. With Bobby and Chavis, if they’re producing with the runs, you’re going to put up with the in-between times when there’s a lot of strikeouts. "
Remembering former scout Hughes
The Red Sox held a moment of silence before the game for longtime scout Gary Hughes, who died Saturday. Hughes worked in both the Red Sox and Yankees organizations ... Austin Brice threw a bullpen session Sunday and looked good, Roenicke said. The Red Sox are hoping to get him back before season’s end. Andrew Triggs also threw bullpen sessions Saturday and Sunday ... Josh Taylor is feeling better but the Sox still aren’t sure if he will pitch again this season with just a week remaining ... The Sox will call up Nick Pivetta to pitch their series opener against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday at Fenway. Pivetta came to the Red Sox in the trade that sent Heath Hembree and Brandon Workman to the Phillies ... Nate Eovaldi will take the ball in Wednesday’s matchup, followed by Martin Perez on Thursday.