On Monday night, New York Yankees had a reason to celebrate after they toppled their AL East longtime rival. They ended Boston Red Sox three-year reign as division champion by giving them a 5-0 blow.
The defending World Series Champion Red Sox lost to Yankees hours after the team president Dave Dombrowski exited and after star, David Ortiz returned to Fenway Park. They were humiliated at home for the first time this season.
Boston is now 18 games behind Yankees who have 18 games to play. Red Sox is still seeking a place in the playoff competition. It is eight games behind second wild-card spot.
On Monday, Paxton won his eighth start; he allowed four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He also struck seven and made three walks to set the career-best victory. Now Yankees is nine games ahead of second-place Tampa Bay and tied with Houston in major’s best record.
Yankees took three out of four games of the series and finished 14-5 over Red Sox. Austin Romine and Gio Urshela each had solo homers for Yankee. New York also improved the club record to 270 homers.
Edward Rodriguez allowed one run in six-inning, struck out nine with five hits. He added a walk while throwing at a season-high of 117 pitches. In the last four starts, he was 1.03 ERA, and Red Sox lost for the second time while he started at home ground.
In the fifth, Romine made a homer in the right field and past Pesky Pole and made it 1-0. In the seventh, Yankees drove three runs past Darwinzon Hernandez. DJ LeMahieu had RBI double and a sacrifice fly over Gleyber Torres. Jackie Bradley made three hits for Boston.
Last year, Red Sox also knocked Yankees out of the playoffs in the divisional round at Yankees Stadium.
Yankees will play against Detroit Tigers on Tuesday. They are yet to announce the starter for the series.
Red Sox RHP Nathan Eovaldi will start the three-game series against Blue Jays on Tuesday.