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Game Of The Week Recap: Red Sox Sweep Yankees, Take Over First


The Boston Red Sox are on a mission this year to hopefully make a return visit to the Fall Classic and win for the retiring David Ortiz.

This past weekend they took another step towards their goal, as they swept the New York Yankees with good pitching and timely hitting.

Sunday marked the first time that David Price faced the Yankees in a Boston uniform and even though he recorded his fourth victory against no losses, he struggled through the game allowing six runs, on eight hits through seven innings.

On the other side of the diamond, Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi also struggled on the mound as he gave up six runs on 10 hits through five innings, while throwing 100 pitches (61 for strikes).

Boston took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning when Mookie Betts scored on a ground out off the bat of Xander Bogaerts.

In the third, the Yanks took the lead posting three runs highlighted by an RBI double from Jacoby Ellsbury and a two run shot from Alex Rodriguez, his fifth on the season.

The Red Sox answered right back in the bottom half of the inning, with three of their own to take a 4-3 lead after Hanely Ramirez hit a two RBI single, and a RBI single from Brock Holt.

The Yankees did not back down as they responded with three more in the fifth, after a two-RBI double from Rodriguez and a RBI single from Mark Teixeira to put New York up 6-4.

The back and forth game continued as the Red Sox posted two runs in the bottom of the frame, as Travis Shaw hit his third home run on the season, a two run shot to tie the game at 6-6.

In the seventh, Boston took the lead for good on Christian Vazquez‘s first home run of the season to give the home team an 8-6 lead.

The Yankees managed to score one in the eighth after a wild pitch from Koji Uehara allowing Starlin Castro to score, but closer Craig Kimbrel came on in the ninth and shut the door to earn his eighth save on the season.

With the third straight victory, the Red Sox improve to 15-10 and take over first place in the American League East, and with the loss the Yankees dropped to 8-15, 5.5 games out of first in the division cellar.

Game Notes:
Weather was 49 degrees with a drizzle.
Yankees –  Alex Rodriguez has homered in three of his last four games.
Red Sox – David Ortiz is batting .317 (26 for 82) in 23 games.

Top Performances:

Jacoby Ellsbury – 2 for 4, 2 R, 2 Doubles, RBI
Alex Rodriguez – 2 for 4, 2 R, Double, HR, 4 RBI
Starlin Castro – 2 for 4, R, Double

Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia – 3 for 5, R
Xander Boogaerts – 3 for 5, R, Double, RBI
Travis Shaw – 2 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBI
Christian Vazquez – 1 for 4, R, HR, 2 RBI


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