The Red Sox finally beat the New York Yankees this season with a 8-5 win on Sunday night.
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It wasn’t a pretty weekend by any means for the Red Sox in the Big Apple, but they were at least able to salvage a little dignity and escape with one win. They are still 8.5 games out of first place, but that’s better than being 10.5 out.
David Price pitched a phenomenal game. At Yankee Stadium. I know it’s absolutely crazy that the savior of the series was someone who has had almost zero success in the Bronx in the past, but that’s just how this season is going. Price pitched 6.1 innings and allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out six.
J.D. Martinez got the Red Sox on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning. Xander Bogaerts also hit a solo home run off C.C. Sabathia in the fourth inning to put the Sox up 3-0. Price got into some trouble in the bottom of the fourth, but he escaped with just two runs allowed.
The Red Sox got some help from right fielder Clint Frazier in the later innings, as he misplayed three balls hit to him which led to three more Red Sox runs. Seven different Red Sox players recorded an RBI on Sunday night, and they opened up an 8-2 lead as a result.
A tough eighth inning for Matt Barnes made things interesting when the Yankees scored three runs to make it an 8-5 game, but Brandon Workman came in and shut down the Yankees in the ninth to earn his second save of the season. David Price recorded his third win of the season and lowered his season ERA to 2.83, which leads the Red Sox starters.
Make no mistake, it was still a bad weekend for the Sox, but it would have been 1000 times worse if they got swept. At least a solid win in the series finale gives them a step in the right direction moving forward. Most importantly, the Red Sox are no longer winless against their arch rivals this season. After all, a rivalry isn’t a rivalry if one team can’t win.
Next up, the Red Sox have an off day on Monday and then will travel to Kansas City for a three-game series with the Royals. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 8:15 p.m. Eduardo Rodriguez will get the start coming off an impressive win against the Astros last Sunday.