Red Sox bats set rivalry record in four-game series vs Yankees

Red Sox bats set rivalry record in four-game series vs Yankees

Red Sox bats set rivalry record in four-game series vs Yankees

The Red Sox are off Monday before opening a three-game series with the Rays on Tuesday night. The groups engage in four games in NY next weekend and 4 additional at Fenway Park in September. After Boston scored on a groundout in the bottom of the sixth, the Yankees, assisted by a Bradley Jr. error, tallied two in the seventh to go up 8-3.The Red Sox and Yankees then traded runs over the next inning before Boston got within three on a two-out, two-run Benintendi single off Aroldis Chapman in the ninth. The third, a 3-2 Rays win, was initially protested by the Red Sox in response to a series of late moves involving pitchers playing positions and whether the Rays could keep their designated hitter.

The two teams have swapped positions in the standings several times over the past week, with the Rays now holding second place by a half game.

The Red Sox had gained 5 of 6 from the Yankees and Rays to briefly shift into playoff place, but with the decline fell at the rear of the two Tampa Bay and Oakland for the AL's second wild-card berth.

The 44 runs added to Boston's major league-leading total which now stands at 626, comfortably ahead of the second-place Yankees (610). Austin Romine and Didi Gregorius each hit no-doubters to give NY its biggest lead of the series at 4-0. Willy Adames had a solo home run while Nate Lowe, Joey Wendle and Matt Duffy each had an RBI with Lowe chipping in a double. After two straight good starts, Sale took a step back in primetime, allowing six runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings and throwing only 56 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

All three batters Sale walked went on to score and the lefty took the loss as the Sox failed to sweep the Yankees in the final game of a four-game series. In his career against Boston, he's 5-1 with a 3.86 ERA in seven starts against Boston.

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Price comes in off a hard-luck loss against the Rays his last time out, allowing three runs and striking out eight over six innings.

The Red Sox followed that by hanging 10 runs on the Yankees, including a three-home run performance from Mookie Betts. But to make a postseason run they need some momentum, and a little injection of talent.

The Yankees rolled into town with one of the most feared offenses in the game, but it was the Red Sox who were spraying extra-base hits all over the park.

Rafael Devers leads the team with a.329 batting average and 82 RBI, while Xander Bogaerts leads the team with 23 homers. The team is holding opponents to a.252 batting average, which is 15 in the league. He is 4-2 with a 2.97 ERA in his last 10 starts against his former team.

In his last start, Price gave up four hits and three earned runs in six innings, but the Red Sox lost to the Rays 3-2.

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