Mookie Betts led the way for the Red Sox, going 4-for-4 with a grand slam home run as part of a nine-run explosion in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Homer Bailey was terrific for the Reds, allowing one earned run and two hits while striking out seven in six innings. Stanton did manage to single off Sale and then double off reliever Joe Kelly for his first two-hit game since he homered twice on opening day. The lefty only gave up a run on eight hits, eight strikeouts and no walks in six innings.
The rematch Wednesday night had the feel of those nasty, knockdown battles between the Red Sox and Yankees in the 1970s and early 2000s thanks to a pair of bench-clearing, bullpen-emptying dustups. Price has said repeatedly that he stopped thinking about last year's health problems after a three-inning start in a controlled setting at the Red Sox's complex in Fort Myers, Florida.
The ESPN broadcast showed Severino extending his hands in the second inning before throwing his pitches, which could have been one reason the Red Sox scored four in the first two frames. Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez and Eduardo Nunez walked, Rafael Devers hit a sacrifice fly, Jackie Bradley was hit by a pitch and Christian Vazquez reached on an error.
Severino, however, had nothing to do with Boston's runs volcano in the sixth. There were two runners on when Tyler Wade dropped a bunt fielded by Rafael Devers, who threw on to Holt covering at second base.
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 1: Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking homer with two outs in the top of the ninth inning after Toronto teammate Aaron Sanchez lost his no-hit bid in the eighth, and the visiting Blue Jays edged Baltimore. Porcello makes his 19 career start against the Yankees in this contest. In 37 career starts against the Bombers, Price is 15-11 with a 4.36 ERA.
The Yankees have had a lackluster start to the season but they may be showing some signs of life. Sale attacked Stanton with high fastballs, getting four swings-and-misses in the first two at-bats. The question for NY is whether Stanton will hit the ball or merely generate enough wind energy to power the East End in his at-bats.
The under is 6-2 in Gray's last 8 road starts and 5-2 in his last seven starts against teams with a winning record. The Yankees fall below.500 at 5-6.