NEW YORK – For a rookie who began this month on the bench, Andrew Benintendi is putting up a monster August.
Benintendi rocketed a pair of three-run homers off All-Star Luis Severino, and the Boston Red Sox bounced back from a tough loss, roughing up the New York Yankees 10-5 Saturday.
“Two beautiful swings,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
A day after blowing a late lead, the AL East leaders battered Severino for a career-worst 10 runs. Drew Pomeranz pitched the Red Sox to their ninth win in 10 games, and restored their 41/2-game lead over New York.
Boston began bruising the Yankees' staff even before the first pitch.
Starter Jordan Montgomery was hit in the head by a flyball while he signed autographs as the Red Sox took batting practice. He bled from a cut on his ear but is set to pitch tonight against ace Chris Sale in the series finale.
Benintendi, 23, is 15 for 31 with four home runs and five steals this month, reaching base 20 times in eight games.
Benintendi had gone into a slump after the All-Star break, and Farrell sat him down for a couple games.
“A mental break,” Benintendi said.
Benintendi lined a drive off the top of right-field wall to cap a five-run burst in the third. Third baseman Todd Frazier's first error in 22 games since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox came on a potential double-play grounder that would have ended the inning without a run scoring.
Benintendi hit a no-doubt drive to right in the fifth for his 16th home run. He matched a career best with six RBI in his third multihomer game this season.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, Benintendi was the youngest Red Sox player to drive in six runs against the Yankees since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.
“I guess that's cool,” he said.
Severino (9-5) had been 4-0 with a sparkling 0.83 ERA in five starts since the All-Star break. Instead, he became the first Yankees pitcher to give up 10 runs at the new Yankee Stadium since it opened in 2009.
Severino was tagged for eight hits and eight earned runs in 41/3 innings.