Boston reached its sixth consecutive victory by beating the New York Yankees with the contribution of Venezuelans Sandy León and Eduardo Rodríguez, while in other games on Saturday in the Major Leagues Robinson Canó, Chris Tillman and Khris Davis also stood out.
Sandy León hit a home run and drove in four runs, and his compatriot Eduardo Rodríguez controlled the Yankees for seven innings, as Boston defeated New York and left-handed star CC Sabathia 5×2.
With his second home run of the year and just the third in his career, León drove in three runs in the sixth against Sabathia, to put Boston away 5-1 on the scoreboard.
Boston’s six-game win streak (51-38) is their best this season and allows them to cut the lead over the Baltimore Orioles in the American League Atlantic Division to two games.
Left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (2-3) left the Yankees with one run on four hits in seven innings after being called up from Triple-A on Friday by the Red Sox.
Sabathia (5-7) was beaten with five runs, four of them earned, in 5 1/3 innings.
In Seattle, the Dominican Robinson Canó drove in the only run of the game with an unstoppable in the sixth inning and the Japanese starter Hisashi Iwakuma left the Astros with two hits in seven innings, so that the Seattle Mariners won 1×0 over Houston.
Iwakuma (10-6), who struck out 10 and walked one, won his fourth straight start. Steve Cishek pitched a smooth ninth inning and sealed his 22nd save of the season.
The game was defined in the sixth inning, which Cuban Leonys Martín opened with a triple against starter Lance McCullers (4-4), and Canó drove him in with his single to left field.
In St. Petersburg, JJ Hardy’s two-run homer in the second inning ensured right-hander Chris Tillman became just the second pitcher to reach 13 AL wins this season, and the two teamed up as Baltimore defeated 2 ×1 to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Tillman (13-2) allowed one run and four hits in seven innings, trailing only Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale, who has 14 wins.
Zach Britton struck out twice in the ninth for his 29th save of the year.
In Oakland, Khris Davis hit two home runs and Ryon Healy hit the first home run of his career, as the Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5×4.
Davis’ two home runs allowed starter Sonny Gray (4-8) to snap a 12-game winless streak, including seven straight losses.
The right-hander from Baltimore worked for three runs and six hits in six innings, in which he gave up six walks.