Yankees complete sweep of Reds with Bader and Torres homers, as Boone and Bell are ejected


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New York Yankees 4, Cincinnati Reds 1

CINCINNATI — Harrison Bader and Gleyber Torres both hit home runs, starting a comeback that led the New York Yankees to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday. This win finished a three-game sweep and gave the Yankees their first four-game winning streak of the season.

Luis Severino made a comeback after being out since spring training with a pulled lat muscle. In his return, he gave up one run and four hits. In 4 2/3 innings, he struck out five hitters and walked one. He got strikes on 54 of his 75 pitches. His fastball averaged 96.7 mph, and he used 44 of them.

Aaron Boone, the manager of the Yankees, was thrown out in the first inning. David Bell, the manager of the Reds, was thrown out in the eighth.

While Aaron Judge was resting, New York (29-20) finished a 6-1 road trip, won six of their last seven games, and 14 of their last 19. Their great play has pushed them to a season-high nine games over.500.

Cincinnati’s recent struggles have resulted in six losses out of their last seven games, causing them to fall into last place in the NL Central.

At 11:37 a.m., Severino gave a four-pitch walk to Jonathan India to start the game. Later, with two outs, Spencer Speer hit a fly ball down the right-field line. Jake Bauers almost caught it, but in the end, he let it bounce off his glove.

Nestor Ceja, the first base umpire, called the ball foul at first, but the call was changed after a video check, giving Jonathan India a run. When India took too long to get from third to home, Yankees manager Boone went out to fight the call, and plate umpire Emil Jimenez threw him out. This was Boone’s third ejection of the season and his 29th as a manager.

In the eighth inning, umpire Jimenez kicked out Reds manager Bell for arguing that the umpire should have called a quick pitch from Wandy Peralta to Luke Maile. This was Bell’s second ejection from a game, his third from a season, and his 23rd from a job as a manager.

After Severino’s outing, Albert Abreu (2-1) entered the game and swiftly recorded four consecutive outs. Jimmy Cordero took over in the seventh inning and delivered a flawless performance, while Peralta followed suit with a seamless 1-2-3 inning in the eighth.

In the ninth inning, Cincinnati was up against Clay Holmes. With two hits and a walk, they were able to get on base. But their dreams were crushed when Will Benson hit a comebacker that ended the game. Holmes made his fifth save out of seven chances.

Hunter Greene, who is 0-4 this season, has now lost his last 10 starts and has given up a total of 8 home runs. Even so, he had a good game, throwing a season-high seven innings and giving up four runs, four hits, and three walks. Also, Greene had a season-high 10 strikes, which was the same as his previous best.

In the fifth inning, Bader hit a two-run home run for the Yankees by hitting a changeup over the wall in left field. It was his fourth home run of the season. In the sixth inning, Torres hit a fastball to right field that went the other way. In the seventh inning, Anthony Volpe hit a single that brought in a run for the Yankees.


In Tuesday’s homestand opener against Baltimore, the Yankees will have RHP Gerrit Cole (5-0, 2.01) on the mound.

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