Now this is the kind of offense performance the Yankees were looking for over the Holliday Weekend.
Matt Holliday, in his first game since coming off the disabled list, belted a three-run homer in the sixth inning that propelled the Yankees to a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday at The Stadium.
It was the 37-year-old DH’s first homer since July 15 at Fenway Park.
Holliday, who signed one-year, $13 million deal in the offseason, posted a .915 OPS in his first 65 games before struggling and being sidelined due to a viral infection and back injury. In his previous 23 games, he’d posted a .329 OPS.
The Bombers are 10-8 against the Bosox in 2017 and now 4.5 games behind them in the AL East. The two teams will wrap up their season series with a dandy as Luis Severino and Chris Sale will square off on Sunday night.
Masahiro Tanaka went seven strong innings, allowing one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Chase Headley’s 10th homer in the second, but the Red Sox tied the game in the sixth when Tanaka uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Eduardo Nunez to score from third.
Holliday then countered with a 443-foot bomb off Red Sox lefty Drew Pomerantz to left. Gary Sanchez added an RBI single in the seventh.
Aaron Hicks did leave the game due to left oblique tightness.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Tzu-Wei Lin made a diving play at second to rob Brett Gardner of a leadoff single. Lin later made a slick pickup on Aaron Hicks’ sharp one-hopper to end the second inning.
Didi Gregorius opened the sixth inning by drawing a leadoff walk. Chase Headley followed with his third hit of the day, and Matt Holliday slammed his 17th homer of the year, giving the Yankees a 4-1 lead.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Matt Holliday is deserving given all the adversity he’s had to face this year.
STAT OF THE GAME
Since coming off the DL due to shoulder inflammation, Masahiro Tanaka is 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA.
Chase Headley, who had three hits and is hitting .327 in the second half.
Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is 4-for-50 with one RBI against the Red Sox in the second half.
Sunday vs. Boston, 7:35 p.m. Luis Severino vs. Chris Sale