Just how hot are the Red Sox?


The weekend series at Fenway Park definitely did not go the way that the New York Yankees wanted. In the NY market, the telecast drew a 5.7 rating.

Before the dramatic rally lifted the Red Sox to their sixth four-game sweep of the Yankees at Fenway and fourth since divisional play began in 1969, the Yankees scored four times in the seventh. But J.D. Martinez knocked a two-run single off closer Aroldis Chapman and a Miguel Andujar fielding error with two outs tied the game up. With 52 games remaining after Sunday, the Yankees would have to go on an unlikely tear, as well as have the Red Sox plummet.

NY scored four runs in the seventh Sunday and held a three-run lead heading into the ninth inning.

Playing on a lovely mid-summer night with a sellout crowd amped from the opening pitch, Price and Masahiro Tanaka were locked in a scoreless duel before Betts hit a hanging cutter completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster in the fifth. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Gleyber Torres had a sacrifice fly.

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Cubs reliever Randy Rosario allowed four runs in one inning of work against the Padres.

Boston posted the quartet of victories despite a slew of injuries to key players, including ace Chris Sale. After coming to Boston with hopes of closing the gap in the division, the Yankees left with a renewed focus on the wild-card race. Game 1 of the series represented a 15-7 destruction of the Bronx Bombers by the home team. "And I'm not saying the Yankees need to start a fight by any means, but I'd love to see more fight, more action, more Paul O'Neill attitude and sometimes you want a guy in the room to stand up and not necessarily throw a chair, but get in somebody's face and show some emotion, some passion".

With their pitching staff struggling from top to bottom, the Yankees are still without slugger Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez and will be for the foreseeable future.

Benintendi is emerging as the Red Sox' newest "Yankee Killer" after the win.