Harrison Bader, Luis Severino fuel Yankees to sweep of Reds

Harrison Bader belted a two-run homer and Luis Severino pitched effectively into the fifth inning in his season debut Sunday, lifting the New York Yankees to a 4-1 win over the host Cincinnati Reds.The Yankees won for the 14th time in 19 games since falling to 15-15 on May 1. They completed a 6-1 road trip while getting their second series sweep this season.Gleyber Torres added a solo shot off Hunter Greene (0-4) for the Yankees, who rested Aaron Judge ahead of Monday’s off-day leading into a three-game series at home against the Baltimore Orioles.Rookie Anthony Volpe added a late RBI double after Greg Allen stole second as a pinch runner and advanced on a wild pitch.Severino returned after missing over two months with a strained right lat, the same injury he sustained July 13 at home against Cincinnati that cost him two months.Severino allowed one run on four hits in 4 2/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one in a 75-pitch showing while averaging 96.7 mph on his 44 four-seam fastballs.Severino retired nine straight and was one strike away from completing the fifth when Luke Maile singled. Albert Abreu (2-1) got the next four outs before Jimmy Cordero and Wandy Peralta pitched a perfect inning apiece.Clay Holmes escaped a bases-loaded jam in the ninth for his fifth save.Spencer Steer hit an RBI single that led to New York manager Aaron Boone’s ejection in the first inning. The Reds mustered little else and dropped their fourth straight game.