Rafael Devers picked the right time to shake off his batting lethargy by hitting his 15th long ball of the season against Yankees starter Michael King in a 5-2 victory over eternal rivals New York.
This victory of the Red Sox (34-23) against the Yankees (31-27) allows the Bostonians to consolidate their second position in the East American division, a small game from the leaders, the Tampa Bay Rays (36- 23). The Yankees, who have just three wins in their last ten games, follow in third.
The victory of the Red Sox went to the record of Nathan Eovaldi (7-2) who has had a masterful season so far. Eovaldi had eight hits in six innings of work while giving the Yankees two small runs.
Michael King (0-3), his opposite in the first round of this great rivalry between the two teams in 2021, allowed four of the five points scored by the Sox during the evening.
Matt Barnes took advantage of his victory to protect his 13th game of the season. The Padres’ Mark Melancon leads the Majors in this regard with 19 games saved.
For the Yankees, Aaron Judge hit his 14th home run of the season in the sixth inning against Eovaldi. Michael King, meanwhile, threw an immaculate round.
For Alex Cora’s men, this victory in the Bronx is special, as the Yankees have dominated the Red Sox at home for the past two seasons. New York has won 15 of the last 16 games at home against rivals Boston. Yesterday’s victory ended an 11-game losing streak in the American metropolis for the Red Sox.
Xander Bogaerts hit two hits and scored two runs for the winners. DJ LeMahieu, Gleyber Torres and Judge imitated Bogearts at home by also hitting two hits in this game.
Devers, like his teammates, did not appreciate his team’s collective performance in the last series against the Astros at all as the Red Sox lost three of four games to Houston. The gain against the Yankees puts a balm on more difficult times for Boston.
The series continues today in the Bronx as Eduardo Rodriguez (Red Sox) faces Jameson Taillon (Yankees).