It’s champagne time for the Boston Red Sox. They popped the corks in the visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night, clinching the American League East title for the third year in a row with their 104th win of the season in an 11-6 victory.
Mookie Betts went 4-for-5 with five RBIs in the division-clinching win, including his 30th home run of the season. He put the Sox up 3-0 with a two-run single in the third inning, then bookended it with a three-run shot to left field to tack on some insurance.
The Yankees briefly seized control of the game after a grand slam by Giancarlo Stanton suddenly put the Yankees ahead 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Red Sox scratched back into the game with a homer of their own by Jackie Bradley Jr. Xander Bogaerts put the Red Sox up 7-6 with a sacrifice fly, which brought home another run on a throwing error by Aaron Hicks.
This year marks the Red Sox’ 10th AL East crown, and fourth in the last six seasons. They improved to a major league-best 104-49, owning an 8.5-game lead over the Houston Astros for baseball’s best record.
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