The Red Sox hit the ball all over Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, hurting the Yanks playoff hopes with a 9-4 drubbing.
Boston scored nine runs on 12 hits, including four from shortstop Xander Bogaerts and three a piece from left fielder Yoenis Cespedes and center fielder Mookie Betts. Bogaerts hit a mammoth homer to right-center field off Yankees starter Shane Greene, who struggled mightily against this new-look Red Sox lineup.
Daniel Nava and Betts also hit long-balls in this one, as Boston looked like they were locked in at home plate in the Bronx. Joe Kelly is nailing down his rotation spot for next season as the righty tossed 6.2 innings, allowing three earned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six. Kelly was really dealing at Yankee Stadium, and he had some help from a fantastic jumping-catch by Betts out in center.
Though Boston’s season is lost for this year, the Yanks still have much to play for, but needed a win tonight to help their case. After last night’s loss, New York now sits five games behind the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card spot and will need to bring their A-game against a Sox team that looks to play the spoiler.