The Yankees defeated the Rays by a score of 7-2 on Wednesday afternoon. Luis Severino got the nod for his first start at Yankee Stadium of the 2018 season, going 7 ⅓ strong, allowing only five hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking only one. The Rays took an early lead on a first inning RBI double by C.J. Cron that scored Kevin Kiermaier. The Yankees would answer back in the very next half inning on Giancarlo Stanton’s first home run in pinstripes, a two-run shot that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Gary Sanchez extended the lead in the third with a two-run home run of his own to snap an 0-17 skid and give the Yanks a 4-1 lead.
Ronald Torreyes tacked on another run in the fourth on a single that scored Tyler Austin to make the score 5-1. That same inning also saw the sun come out in the Bronx for the first time in what seemed like an eternity, and it was welcomed with cheers from the crowd. Aaron Judge gave the fans even more to cheer about, as he connected for a two-run homer, his first of the year, giving the Yankees a 7-1 lead.
The score would remain 7-1 until the top of the eighth when Denard Span hit a sacrifice fly off of Adam Warren to score Adeiny Hechavarria, cutting the Rays’ deficit to five runs. The run was charged to Severino, as he had allowed Hechavarria to reach on a single before being lifted by Aaron Boone after getting Mallex Smith to ground out. As expected, Severino left the field to a standing ovation for his outstanding work.
Warren struck out Kiermaier swinging to end the inning, and after a 1-2-3 by Jose Alvarado to set down Didi Gregorius, Brandon Drury, and Tyler Austin, Boone brought in Aroldis Chapman in a non-save situation to get some work and close out the game. Chapman did just that, retiring the side in order to secure the win. The Yankees move to 4-2 on the season, and are right back at it tomorrow night to open up a home series against the Orioles. Masahiro Tanaka will get the ball for his second start of the season as he’ll go up against Andrew Cashner. First pitch is at 6:35 PM ET.