Yankees - 101 200 000 - 4 11 1 Red Sox - 000 031 10x - 5 10 0Hanley Ramirez completed his utter destruction of New York's pitching staff by blasting two more home runs on Sunday night.
Ramirez drove in four of Boston's five runs, as the Red Sox swept a four-game series from their longtime rivals, Boston's first sweep of the Yankees in a series of four or more games in 26 years (June 4-7, 1990).
Hammerin' Hanley went 9-for-16 (.563) in the series, with four home runs and nine RBI. Since August 11, Ramirez has driven in 44 runs, the most of any player in MLB.
The Yankees are now eight games out in the East and four games out of the wild-card race with 13 games left on the schedule, which means only one thing: YED is fast approaching.
The Yankees blew leads in three of the four games:
Thursday: Yankees lead 5-1 in 8th inning, lose 7-5Down by four runs in the fifth, Bryan Holaday got the Red Sox started with a double to center. After Dustin Pedroia flied out to left, Xander Bogaerts walked. Mookie Betts lined back to CC Sabathia and on the pitcher's throwing error, the runners moved up to second and third. Ramírez then cranked a homer to left, cutting New York's lead to 4-3.
Friday: Yankees never lead, lose 7-4
Saturday: Yankees lead 5-2 in 5th inning, lose 6-5
Sunday: Yankees lead 4-0 in 5th inning, lost 5-4
Sabathia allowed three straight hits - Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Jackie Bradley - to start the sixth and Boston tied the game. Ramirez, facing Tyler Clippard in the seventh, homered to snap the 4-4 tie in the seventh.
The Yankees had one hit in each of the last three innings, but could not advance any runner past first base. Koji Uehara closed the door on New York in the ninth.
Also: Mookie Betts made two diving catches, including one in the ninth inning.
Pedroia, 2BJohn Farrell, on giving David Ortiz the night off (only a few days after saying Ortiz would likely start every game for the rest of the regular season):
When I talked with David after Friday night's game, in large part because of the number of times he was on base and the extent to which he ran, with a quick turnaround on Saturday, we talked about the upcoming two days — yesterday and today. With the late-night arrival, likely four right-handed starters in Baltimore, felt like this was the day to give him down.Boston's magic number for winning the AL East is 12 with 14 games to play. ... In the East, this afternoon: Rays/Orioles and Blue Jays/Angels.
BOS --- TOR 3.0 BAL 3.0 MFY 7.0