Red Sox Dominate Yankees in Key Series Opener
The Boston Red Sox came through with a huge win at home against their rivals to begin series.
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Nineteen runs on 23 hits marked a historic offensive performance Tuesday night against the New York Yankees. The Red Sox picked up their third win in four games this week with an unbelievable showing in front of their home crowd at Fenway.
Xander Bogaerts highlighted an explosive night for the Red Sox offense, going 4-for-6 with two home runs and four RBIs. Bogaerts was one of eight players that collected multiple RBIs in the win, a feat not accomplished in the MLB since the Baltimore Orioles in 2007. Nine Red Sox players picked up RBIs overall.
The 19 runs were a season high, as were the 23 hits. 19 runs is also the most the Red Sox have ever scored against the Yankees, surpassing the previous high of 17.
The Sox began the evening in entertaining fashion with seven runs in the first inning off of Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka. Bogaerts smashed a 451-foot, three-run blast to open the scoring. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed that up with a two-run double, and Mookie Betts went back-to-back with a two-RBI double of his own.
Rick Porcello escaped disaster in the second inning when he threw 47 pitches but gave up just two runs. Overall, he pitched six innings and allowed just three runs, picking up his ninth win of the season. Porcello let up six hits and struck out five batters while walking one.
The Red Sox never took their four off the gas and put up another crooked number with five runs in the fourth. That inning was highlighted by a Rafael Devers home run, his 21st of the season. The team also hit three RBI doubles in the frame. They tallied 10 two-baggers as a whole.
Boston continued to tack on runs, and when it was all said and done, they had 19. It got so bad that the Yankees had to put in a position player to pitch, the same move the Tampa Bay Rays chose to make on in Monday’s game against the Red Sox. Austin Romine let up three runs and two home runs in his inning of work.
Bradley Jr’s 3-for-4 and Andrew Benintendi‘s 3-for-5 showings were among the standouts in the box score, which showed higher digits than normal in multiple areas. The bullpen was an encouraging sign for the Red Sox, throwing three shutout innings complete with four strikeouts.
It’s only Game 1 of the series, but it was a huge statement win for the Red Sox, who still trail by 10 games in the AL East standings. They beat the Yankees for just the second time this season. It was a badly needed win at that coming off the sweep in London the last time these two teams met.
The Sox need to keep the momentum going throughout the rest of this big four-game series. They will attempt to do just that when Andrew Cashner takes the mound for his third start in a Red Sox uniform on Friday night. Cashner, in search of his first win with his new team, will be facing off against lefty James Paxton.