Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks missed most of September with a strained left oblique, but returned on Tuesday as the club activated him from the 10-day disabled list. He made his presence felt immediately, taking a grand slam away from Rays catcher Wilson Ramos in the top of the first inning.
Starter Jordan Montgomery found himself in hot water to start the game, as he gave up back-to-back singles to Kevin Kiermaier and Steven Souza, Jr., then walked Evan Longoria to load the bases with no outs. After striking out Logan Morrison, Montgomery threw an 85 MPH first-pitch change-up that Ramos crushed to right-center field. Fortunately for Montgomery, Hicks tracked the ball, leaped, and brought the ball back from beyond the fence to save an additional three runs. Kiermaier scored on what was ultimately a sacrifice fly.
The Red Sox salvaged the final game of their three-game home series against the Astros, winning 4-3 on Sunday afternoon. In doing so, they ended the Astros’ 10-game winning streak.
Xander Bogaerts struck the decisive blow, knocking in a run with a double in the seventh inning to break a 3-3 tie. Michael Chavis also hit another homer — his eighth of the season — while Mookie Betts collected three hits and scored three runs to raise his OPS to .899.
The Astros last lost on May 7 against the Royals, the second game of a three-game series. The Astros won the final game of that set, then swept the Rangers in a four-game series, the Tigers in three, and won the first two games against the Red Sox. It’s their second 10-game winning streak of the season, as they won 10 striaght between April 5-16, sweeping the Athletics, Yankees, and Mariners before losing the second of two games against the A’s in Oakland.
At 31-16, the Astros are slightly behind the Twins — in progress as of this writing — for the best winning percentage in the majors. The Red Sox, meanwhile, have made up some ground after ending April 13-17. They’re now 24-22, good for third place in the AL East.