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Game of the Week Recap: Red Sox Sweep Yankees
- Updated: September 19, 2016
The weekend four-game series for the New York Yankees brought much hope that they could pull themselves closer to an improbable Division title or even keep pace with the other teams vying for a Wild Card bid, but the Boston Red Sox would not have any of that on their home turf.
After winning the first three games, Boston seemed to be toying with the Yankees allow them to take once again an early game lead, only to come back with late home runs to push the Yankees further towards elimination.
New York now sits eight games out of first in the American League East and four games out of the Wild Card Standings with 13 games left. They are not out of it, but losers of seven of their last ten games, it is highly unlikely they will turn it around with five other teams ahead of them in the chase.
The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on an RBI single from Didi Gregorius scoring Brett Gardner. Then in the third the rookie phenom Gary Sanchez launched his 16th home run in 41 games to put the Bronx Bombers up 2-0.
Two more runs in the fourth inning on ground outs had the Yankees once again up early in the Red Sox, this time 4-0.
But in the bottom of the fifth the comeback began with Bryan Holaday hitting what seemed to be a lead-off home run, but a fan interfered with the ball, forcing the umpire to rule it a ground-rule double. After Dustin Pedroia flew out to left field, Xander Bogaerts walked putting two men on. Mookie Betts lined out to pitcher CC Sabathia, but both runners advanced a base on the pitchers throwing error.
In the sixth the Sox would pull even at 4-4 on an RBI single for Jackie Bradley. But the comeback was not complete without another dramatic at bat from Ramirez.
With one out and Yankees relief pitcher Tyler Clippard on the mound, Ramirez took an 80.2 MPH change-up and parked it way over the Green Monster and into the night to put the Sox up for good at 5-4.
With the loss the Yankees dropped to 77-72 and after completing their four-game sweep, the Red Sox improved to 85-64 reducing their magic number to clinch the AL East to 11 games.
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