Boston Red Sox

Oct 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts (2) reacts after hitting a two run home run against the New York Yankees during the first inning of the American League Wildcard game at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Red Sox are headed to the American League Division Series, after eliminating the New York Yankees in a one-game Wild Card playoff game at Fenway Park by a 6-2 final at Fenway Park.

Xander Bogaerts set the tone for the Red Sox with a two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole. Kyle Schwarber later homered to lead off the third inning, and Cole couldn’t make another out. The Red Sox chased Cole after just 2-plus innings and 50 pitches.

Schwarber’s home run was a repeat of history. He’d previously hit a homer off Cole in the third inning of a Wild Card game to give his team a 3-0 lead, when he was on the Cubs and Cole was on the Pirates. It turned out that the first two blasts were all the Red Sox needed offensively.

Nathan Eovaldi, meanwhile, easily out-dueled Cole with just one earned run and eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. Alex Cora pulled Eovaldi after just 71 pitches in the sixth inning, after Anthony Rizzo hit his first home run of the postseason.

A deep ball to the center field wall off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton looked like trouble after that, but a clutch defensive relay by Bogaerts and Kiké Hernandez nabbed Aaron Judge at home plate, and the Red Sox escaped the jam.

In total, Red Sox pitchers threw 85 of 113 pitches for strikes and struck out 11 batters. They also walked zero batters on the night, compared to seven walks by the Yankees staff.

Red Sox left fielder Alex Verdugo went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, knocking two separate RBI doubles.

Game 1 between the Red Sox and Rays in the ALDS will take place Thursday at 8 p.m. from Tropicana Field.

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