Cashner picks up his first Red Sox win as Mookie blasts three home runs
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The Red Sox offense is on fire at the perfect time. After a 19-run outburst on Friday night, Mookie Betts led another charge against the Yankees in game two of the pivotal series. Betts put on a show, blasting three home runs and driving in five. Meanwhile, Andrew Cashner pitched his best game in a Boston uniform, as the Red Sox would go on to win, 10-5.
Just as they had the night before, the Sox made quick work of New York starting pitching. After Casher posted an important scoreless first, Mookie hit a leadoff solo shot off of James Paxton to set the tone early. JD Martinez added to the lead in the first with a homer of his own. He took a hanging pitch deep to dead center, a two-run shot that put the Sox up 3-0 early.
In his previous two starts since being traded to Boston, Cashner struggled to keep opponents from scoring early. He have Boston exactly what they needed – a start that from Cashner that kept them in the game. A fast first inning felt like it went a long way towards Cashner settling in against the Yankees. He kept them scoreless up until the seventh inning, while his offense gave him all the run support he could need.
After the first, the floodgates were open against Paxton. Mookie came up for his second at-bat and did not miss a middle cut fastball. He launched his second Monster shot of the game in just the third inning to make it 4-0.
Martinez was, once again, quick to follow up Betts’ home run with an RBI of his own. Martinez slapped a liner to right that Aaron Judge misplayed, allowing Xander Bogaerts to score and JD to reach third on a triple.
From there, the Mookie show would only pick up steam. Mookie came up for his third appearance of the night in the fourth, and you can guess what happened. Third at-bat, third Monster shot on a middle cut fastball. He pushed the lead to 7-0 in the fourth.
Betts continues to torch in July
Betts’ three homer game was the fifth of his career. His incredible night is part of a great month of July for the reigning MVP. Since July 2, Mookie is hitting .395/.465/.709 with 5 homers and 17 RBI. This stretch is coming at a pivotal time for the Red Sox. With the way Bogaerts and Rafael Devers have been swinging, it’s hard to find a better trio in baseball.
The extra base hits kept on coming. Paxton was pulled after just four innings of work, but the Sox kept hitting. Mookie got his chance at history in the sixth. No Red Sox player has ever hit for four homers in a game. But, the Yankees were able to finally contain Betts – he hit an RBI double to make it 8-1. Devers was quick to pick up Mookie, driving him in with a double of his own.
Sox bullpen quiets Yankees late rally
It was another huge night for the offense, their second double-digit score game as many days. However, there was reason for the Sox to hold their breath in the ninth. Holding on to a 10-3 lead in the final frame, Heath Hembree gave the Yankees some life. After surrendering a run, the Yankees put two runners on with no one out. He was then pulled in favor of Brandon Workman, who loaded the bases.
Workman was able to work out of the jam while limiting trouble. He gave up just one run in relief as the Sox would go on to take game two by a score of 10-5.
With their victory and an Oakland loss on Friday, the Sox stand just a half of a game back of the second wild card spot, trailing the division rival Rays. With 9 games remaining in this stretch against the Yankees and Rays, the Sox are playing their best ball at the right time, as they continue to close the gap in both the division and the wild card standings.