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Red Sox sweep away Yankees to continue incredible run

Sep 15, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

Red Sox' Bogaerts singles in the seventh inning of their American League MLB baseball game against the Yankees at Fenway Park in Boston Reuters

Mariano Rivera was honored Sunday prior to his last ever regular-season appearance at Fenway Park. The Red Sox made sure that was the only time he’d see the mound all weekend.

The Red Sox shook off a first-inning Yankees run with three of their own and routed the Bombers 9-2 for a three-game sweep in Boston. They claimed six out of seven games over the last week and a half to finish the season 13-6 against the Yankees. As the Providence Journal’s Alex Speier pointed out, the Red Sox are the first team to beat the Yankees 13 times in a season since the Orioles went 13-5 against them way back in 1976.

Tonight’s star was Daniel Nava, who went 4-for-5 with a couple of doubles. Mike Napoli hit a two-run homer off Ivan Nova in the first. Jarrod Saltalamacchia was credited with a steal of home in the fourth after Xander Bogaerts took off for second and Brendan Ryan failed to handle the throw from Chris Stewart.

Clay Buchholz, making his second start since coming off the DL, allowed just an unearned run over six innings, even though he wasn’t particularly sharp. He walked four and his fastball looked pretty hittable, but the Yankees couldn’t cash in. Their only run came after Curtis Granderson walked to start the first, reached third on an errant pickoff throw and came home on an Alex Rodriguez groundout.

Rodriguez later exited with right calf tightness.

The Red Sox are 11-3 in September and have 17 wins in their last 21 games. They own baseball’s best record at 92-59 and best run differential at +183 despite playing in the league’s toughest division. If they win five of their last 11 games, they’ll finish with 97 wins for the first time since 2004 and second time since 1978. If they go 8-3, they’ll reach 100 for the first time since 1946.

  1. cackalackyank - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Hats off to the Red Sox for putting it back together right quick. They took a truly disfuctional clubhouse and turned it around and truly are having fun leaving the rest of a real competitve division as a speck in the rearview mirror.

  2. aceshigh11 - Sep 15, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Actually it was 9-2.

    Let’s give the “Bombers” their due credit.

    Incredible run, indeed. A few months back, I said that most Sox fans (myself included) would just be content with making the playoffs after last year, but now…well they’ve got the tools to go deep into the playoffs.

    And the Mariano tribute was fantastic.

    • skeleteeth - Sep 16, 2013 at 6:40 AM

      You also said they would lose the division lead by Labor Day.

      • aceshigh11 - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:25 AM

        Yeah, I’m a pessimistic douche that way.

  3. tfbuckfutter - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:00 AM

    Kind of makes me sad the Yanks may not be in the postseason.

    • nbjays - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:02 AM

      I think I will manage to contain my grief…

      • Old Gator - Sep 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM

        It’s your relict military discipline that will make it possible to do so.

      • nbjays - Sep 16, 2013 at 11:22 AM

        Gator, it’s an offshoot of being a British “colonial”… you know, stiff upper lip and all that rot.

  4. titansbro - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    This team just seems unbeatable right now. To think, all it took was shipping lardo & the 2 overpaid goons out of town, along with a manager who isn’t a total buffoon turn this thing around.

    • 18thstreet - Sep 16, 2013 at 8:33 AM

      Yeah, adding talented players had nothing to do with it. All they had to do was get rid of the malcontents.

      Right. That’s why the last two months of 2012 were so wonderful.

  5. hushbrother - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Didn’t they win 98 games in ’04?

    • tfbuckfutter - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      And they won 99 in 1978.

    • bruininnh1984 - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:24 AM

      yep. 98-64, 3 back of the yankees, and only good enough for a wildcard spot, but we all know how that turned out

    • Matthew Pouliot - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:22 AM

      Whoops. I thought that one said 96, too. Fixed it.

  6. sabatimus - Sep 16, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    It’s pretty amazing the season that Girardi/Cashman have had. Injuries, suspensions…I’m surprised they’re not last. I hope the Yanks don’t make the post, but those two men have done their damnednest.

    • mornelithe - Sep 16, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      Well, I think the Yankee’s have the Jays amazing underachieving season to thank for that, quite honestly. The talent they have on that roster, should not have performed as miserably as they have this year (hence the pre-season projections). In my opinion though, the injuries to the Yanks are a small factor when compared to the abysmal performance of their starting rotation. They dealt for a little while, but dropped off a cliff.

      Sure, they would’ve put up tons more runs w/o all the injuries, but if they can’t hold their opponents from scoring, it really doesn’t matter how many runs they put up. You know? Regardless, as a Red Sox fan, I know better than to ever count the Yankee’s out. Whatever happens the rest of this season, I know they’ll attempt to solve their issues in the off-season.

  7. doublezero74 - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Love Rivera. Top notch player, best closer I’ll ever see I think.
    So happy for my sox. They’re poised for a deep run that I hope will turn into WS #8. What a likeable and talented team this years edition turned into. After last year, this is such a great turnaround. Hats off to Ben Cherington and manager or the year John Farrell.

  8. ch0psuey - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Holy Damn. People actually took the time to watch this game? Yikes…

  9. peddealer - Sep 16, 2013 at 1:25 AM



  10. theskinsman - Sep 16, 2013 at 5:32 AM

    That’s the way,uh huh,uh huh I like it!
    To true Yankee fans, Sox fans have been on the other side of September slaughters. I know how you feel.
    To dirty harry, you bandwagon part time yanks fan, I hope you whined with every Boston beatdown.

  11. pastabelly - Sep 16, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    HBT writers really should get the final score correct. The final was 9-2, not 9-1. I suppose Matthew didn’t stay up for the end of the game.

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