Birthday boy LeMahieu scores in 10th, Yanks beat Reds 7-6

NEW YORK – DJ LeMahieu capped his 34th birthday by sliding across the plate on Alexis Díaz’s second straight wild pitch in the 10th inning, and the New York Yankees rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 Wednesday night and stop a three-game losing streak.

Luis Severino allowed three consecutive homers in a span of four pitches in the second inning as Cincinnati built a 4-0 lead, then left with right shoulder tightness.

Cincinnati allowed five unearned runs, four on Jonathan India’s error on Anthony Rizzo’s potential inning-ending double-play grounder in the third. The Reds fell behind 5-4 and went ahead 6-5 before Giancarlo Stanton homered to the short porch in right field off Ian Gibaut in the eighth.

LeMahieu started the 10th inning on second base. Aaron Judge struck out against Díaz (2-1), Anthony Rizzo was intentionally walked and Stanton fell behind 0-2 in the count.

Díaz threw a slider that went off the mitt of catcher Tyler Stephenson. Díaz paused to grab the resin bag, then threw a slide the bounced off Stephenson and bounced toward the first-base dugout as LeMahieu scampered home ahead of the catcher’s throw to Díaz covering the plate.

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New York got its big league-high 11th walk-off win and 27th come-from-behind victory, avoiding what would have been its first four-game losing streak this year.

Michael King (6-1), the seventh Yankees pitcher, escaped first-and-third, no-outs trouble in the 10th when Matt Reynolds struck out and Kyle Farmer grounded into a 5-4-3 double play.

Farmer hit a 431-foot drive to left on Severino’s slider, Mike Moustakas connected on a changeup and Stuart Fairchild on a 92 mph fastball.

After Yankees manager Aaron Boone and an athletic trainer came to the mound, Severino finished the inning, He went to the mound to start the third and threw a warmup pitch, then walked off and was replaced by rookie JP Sears.

Severino averaged 94.1 mph with 18 fastballs, down from his season average of 96.1 mph.

This was the third time Severino allowed three homers in a game, the first since Aug. 28, 2017 against Cleveland.

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Cincinnati hit three straight homers for the first time since May 5, 2019, against San Francisco’s Jeff Samardzija when Eugenio Suárez, Jesse Winker and Derek Dietrich achieved the feat.

New York allowed three straight homers for the second time this year. Cole did it June 9 in Minnesota when Luis Arraez, Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa took him deep.

Joey Votto drove in two runs and Stephenson hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth off Sears.

Gleyber Torres hit an RBI single after India’s error, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa capped a five-run third off with a three-run double.

Cincinnati starter Mike Minor allowed five runs — one earned — in four innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Reds: CF Nick Senzel was a late scratch with back tightness and was caught stealing as a pinch runner in the eighth.

Yankees: OF Aaron Hicks said he is feeling better after bruising his right shin fouling a pitch off his leg in the third inning Tuesday. Hicks underwent an MRI and CT scan that were both negative and hopes to return by this weekend’s series with Boston. … RHP Domingo Germán (right shoulder impingement, injured list since spring training) threw a bullpen session Wednesday and is tentatively to make another rehab start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, though it could change depends on New York’s pitching needs by Friday.

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RHP Luis Castillo (3-4, 2.92 ERA) makes his second career start in Yankee Stadium for Cincinnati. In the first inning of his previous start in New York, Castillo got Todd Frazier to hit into a triple play on July 26, 2007. All-Star LHP Nestor Cortes (7-3, 2.74) starts for the Yankees.

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