BOSTON – The Red Sox opened their biggest series of the season with a bang, steamrolling the New York Yankees 19-3 at Fenway Park Thursday night.
The Sox put a beating on the Yankees right out of the gate, exploding for seven runs in the first inning. Xander Bogaerts hit a three run blast to open the scoring and Boston never looked back.
Bogaerts would homer in the eighth inning as well, his 23rd of the season, matching his career-high set last year. He went 4-for-6 with four runs batted in.
Andrew Benintendi went 3-for-5 and drove in a run, Rafael Devers went 2-for-5 with a homer and two runs batted in, and Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Sandy Leon came off the bench and homered as well.
Michael Chavis, Mitch Moreland, Christian Vazquez, and Jackie Bradley Jr. all had multi-RBI nights.
In total, the Red Sox tallied 23 hits, 12 coming off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka, who gave up 12 runs before being pulled in the fourth inning.
The Sox and Yankees will meet again Friday night. Andrew Cashner (9-5, 4.19 ERA) will take the ball against left-hander James Paxton (5-5, 4.20 ERA).