New York Yankees Ride Severino's Gem, Judge's HR To Victory (Highlights)
Apr 26, 2017; Boston, MA, USA; New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) is congratulated in the dugout after scoring during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

There was no rain delay on Wednesday, but the New York Yankees were still able to pour it on the Boston Red Sox with a 3-1 win. 

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The New York Yankees got back on track after a series loss in Pittsburgh and put together a 3-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on Wednesday.

Luis Severino, coming off his second consecutive double-digit strikeout performance, continued his bounce-back season with a shutout performance against a lineup that features some of the best young hitters the game has to offer.

The 23-year-old went seven innings without allowing a run while striking out six in his second win of the season. It was the first time he allowed three runs or less in three consecutive starts since he did it in four-straight games from Sep. 16 to Oct. 3, 2015.

Offensively, it was the birthday boy Aaron Judge coming through yet again as he finished the night going 1-for-3 with a two-run home run in the top of the second of Red Sox starter, Rick Porcello. While the reigning American League Cy Young award winner also served up a RBI double to Greg Bird, he only surrendered two earned runs over 6.2 innings of work.

But, with the Yankees’ bullpen, you can’t really to afford to trail by any margin in the latter portion of the contest. The deadly combination of Dellin Betances and Aroldis Chapman extended New York’s record to 11-0 when leading after the eighth inning this season.

Betances turned in a perfect inning and despite one run on two hits and two walks for Chapman in the ninth (and a near walk-off home run by Josh Rutledge…), the lefty closer still managed to record his fifth save of the campaign.

Party Like It’s Your Birthday:

Tonight was Aaron Judge‘s birthday and all sluggers like him want as a present is literally a birthday bash. Well, the 6-foot-8 monster gave himself one.

In the top of the second inning at Fenway Park, Judge celebrated hitting the quarter-century mark by smacking a two-run home run to right-center off of Rick Porcello.

Not only did it give the Bombers a 2-0 lead, but according to the Elias Sports Bureau, he became the third Yankees hitter to hit a home run on his 25th birthday at Fenway Park. Yogi Berra and Roger Maris are the only other two to do so.

This Day In Yankees History:

On April April 26, 2005, Yankees’ third baseman Alex Rodriguez hit three home runs off Bartolo Colon and drive in 10 runs in a 12-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels. That stat line made him the second Yankee to total 10 or more RBIs in a single game, joining Tony Lazzeri, who had 11RBI on May 24, 1936.

What’s Next: 

Thanks to the rain, Thursday will be the final game of a shortened two-game set and Masahiro Tanaka will be sent to the hill as the Yankees go for a two-game sweep.

Last time out against the Chicago White Sox, the 28-year-old registered his second straight win, tossing a season-high seven innings and striking out six in a 9-1 victory for New York.

Thanks to the rainout, Tanaka will be pitching on an extended seven days’ rest which usually leads to good things for the Yankees’ ace. In 13 starts coming off six days of rest or more, the righty owns a 3.93 ERA and a strikeout rate of 9.6 K/9 — nearly two strikeouts more than his rate on normal rest (7.7).

Chris Sale, who was acquired by the Red Sox this past offseason in a trade with the White Sox, will get his first taste of the historic rivalry as he is the probable starter for the Red Sox.

Through four games, Sale owns a 0.91 ERA over 29.2 innings of work including 42 strikeouts, good enough for the most among major league starters as of April 26.

First pitch will come your way at approximately 7:10 p.m. ET and can be caught on the YES Network or MLB Network (out of market only). For you radio folks, it will be broadcasted on WFAN 660/101.9 FM.