The New York Yankees took the rubber match of their weekend series against the Red Sox, lighting up David Price for eight runs and winning 11-1 on Sunday in the Bronx. The teams are now in a virtual tie atop the American League East, but the Yankees (54-27, .667) lead the Red Sox (56-29, .659) in percentage points.
New York pounded the Red Sox lefty early and often, starting with a four-run first inning. After Aaron Judge got them started with a towering solo home run to center field, the Yankees made it second-and-third with just one out for Gleyber Torres. He made Price pay with a three-run homer of his own to put the Yanks up 4-0, and that was all the offense they’d need.
Price allowed five home runs total. It was the first time in his career that he’d allowed even four homers, let alone five. Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks hit three of the Yankees’ six bombs on the night.
The Red Sox offense, meanwhile, could only muster one run on four hits on the night. Yankees starter Luis Severino hurled 6.2 shutout innings, striking out nine against just two hits and three walks. The top Cy Young Award candidate earned his AL-best 13th win and lowered his season ERA to 1.98, also tops in the league.
Up Next: The pitching matchups don’t get any easier for the Red Sox on Monday, who head to D.C. to take on Max Scherzer (10-4, 2.04 ERA) and the Washington Nationals. Rick Porcello (9-3, 3.60 ERA) gets the start for the Sox.
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