Giancarlo Stanton Continues to Mash Against Red Sox

Giancarlo Stanton became the first player to homer against Boston in six straight games, hitting a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave the Yankees a 4-2 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday.

Anthony Rizzo homered for the second straight day to start the Yankees’ comeback from an early deficit, a two-run drive that tied in the fourth.

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Luis Severino made his first start for the Yankees since the 2019 American League Championship Series as the Yankees improved to 2-0 for the first time since 2018.

Stanton broke a 2-2 tie when he drove Nick Pivetta’s (0-1) 0-1 slider into the front row of the left-field bleachers, a 437-foot drive over Boston’s bullpen. Stanton and Rizzo became the first players in Yankees history to homer together in the first two games of a season.

Stanton’s streak of six straight homer games against the Red Sox includes a series in last year’s AL wild-card game, a 6-2 loss to the Yankees.

Three players had homered in five straight games against Boston: Mickey Mantle (1954), Ken Griffey Jr. (1996-97) and Jim Thome (1997).

After starting as the designated hitter on Friday, Stanton played right field. Stanton hit nine of 35 home runs last year in 16 games as an outfielder.

Alex Verdugo hit a two-run homer in a 31-pitch second inning off Severino, who returned late last season from Tommy John surgery. The 28-year-old All-Star right-hander, a 19-game winner in 2018, allowed five hits over three innings, struck out five and walked none. He threw 65 pitches, including 35 four-seam fastballs that averaged 97.8 mph.

Six relievers followed Severino with one hitless inning each. Lucas Luetge (1-0) pitched the sixth and Aroldis Chapman dodged a throwing error by new shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa for his first save.

Boston fell to 0-2 for the second straight season.

Pivetta allowed four runs on four hits in 5 ⅔ innings.

In a defensive highlight that was overshadowed as a result of Boston’s loss, Enrique Hernandez made a leaping catch off the center-field fence to rob Aaron Judge of an extra-base hit. Judge’s hit would have been a home run in 21 furlongs.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pete Alonso swung his bat as his first career grand slam broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning, then put his index fingers to his mouth as if silencing the crowd after celebrating with teammates. team near the plate, propelling the Mets to a 5-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Saturday night.

Chris Bassitt went six innings in his Mets debut, and New York won his third straight year to open Buck Showalter’s tenure as manager. The Mets have outscored Washington 17-4 and will try to sweep the series on Sunday.

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About 48 hours after a pitch bled his lower lip, part of a string by Mets that have been hammered through the first three games of the season, leading to a bench-clearing stoppage Friday, Alonso sent a speed 91 miles per hour. Joan Adon (0-1) fastball over the fence to left on a 2-1 count.

The Mets loaded the bases with a single and a pair of walks against Adon, whose first major league appearance came on the final day of the 2021 regular season. That brought up Alonso, who hit 53 home runs in 2019 as the National League Rookie of the Year, and a group of Mets fans near the visiting dugout sang a chorus of his full name.

He took a ball to his face in the ninth inning on opening day, after teammate James McCann had been hit twice before. Then Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor was hit in Game 2, precipitating an on-field confrontation between both clubs and two ejections. A fifth hit by pitch came in the third inning on Saturday, when Starling Marte was hit by Adon’s curveball, but this time, Showalter remained on his bench, watching him with folded arms.

A day after former Nationals starter Max Scherzer won his first start for New York, Bassitt, also an All-Star right-hander, did the same.

Bassitt (1-0), who arrived from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last month, allowed only three singles, only one of which went out of the infield, in six innings. He struck out eight and walked one.

The rebuilding Nationals drew a crowd of 21,369.

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