MLB recap in the American on June 4, 2021: Boston wins first battle against Yankees


NEW YORK – Rafael Devers slammed a three-run homerun in the first inning against Michael King to propel the Boston Red Sox to a 5-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Marwin Gonzalez added a two-run double in the sixth for the Red Sox.

Former Yankees Nathan Eovaldi (7-2) won his third straight start. He had a shutout until sixth.

The Red Sox ended an 11-game losing streak in the Bronx. They hadn’t won at Yankee Stadium since June 2, 2019.

It was the first of 19 games between the two teams this season.

After 57 games without crossing swords with their rivals, the Yankees began a streak of 14 games against the Red Sox in 43 games.

The 18,040 crowd booed the Yankees when the Yankees suffered two double plays. They brought their total to 54 this season, the highest in major league baseball.

The Yankees have lost eight of their last 11 games.

Gary Sanchez was struck out on strikes in his four batting appearances, lowering his average to .198.

The Yankees’ last four hitters – Sanchez, Rougned Odor (, 182), Clint Frazier (, 179) and Brett Gardner (, 192) – were 0-for-15.

The Yankees hitters have been struck out 15 times.

Xander Bogaerts came to score twice for the Red Sox. He hit four hits in five appearances, after a 0-for-24 streak.

Eovaldi allowed two runs, one earned, and eight hits in six innings.

Hirokazu Sawamura completed five strikeouts and allowed one walk in two innings for the Red Sox.

Matt Barnes closed the books for his 13th save on 14 occasions.

Aaron Judge hit his 14th homer in the sixth inning at right field.

King (0-3) allowed four runs and six hits in five and one-third innings.

An important plateau for La Russa

The Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 9-8.

Manager Tony La Russa tied John McGraw for second in career wins, with a total of 2,763.

76 years old, however, he is far from Connie Mack, who has 3,731.

The rookie Yermin Mercedes gave the victory to his team with a simple decisive which pushed Yoan Moncada to the plate. Moncada was hit by a throw from Jose Cisnero (0-3) and advanced to third cushion on a single from Jose Abreu before going to score.

Mercedes was in a bad phase entering the game, being 0-for-22 at bat.

Yasmani Grandal for his part hit two home runs.

The White Sox have won 9 of their last 12 meetings.

Elsewhere in the American:

Indians 1 – Orioles 3

CLE: Cleveland’s record fell to 20-2 when leading after six innings
BAL: Orioles have won 3 in a row in June after losing 14 in a row in May

Rays 4 – Rangers 5

TB: Brandon Lowe hit a homer for the Rays (36-23)
TEX: Rangers end 9-game losing streak

Twins 5 – Royals 14

MIN: the Twins were already trailing 13-0 in the second set
KC: a 5th victory in a row

Mariners 2 – Angels 3

SEA: JP Crawford hit a home run on the game’s second pitch
LAA: Shohei Ohtani conceded 4 CS, including 1 CC. He had 10 strikeouts, equaling a personal high this season



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