The Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday Night Baseball and with the win they swept a series against the Red Sox that was three games or longer for the first time since the 2006 season. The Yankees finished in first place in the AL East with a 97-65 record during the 2006 season. The Yankees have completely turned around their season from when they struggled during the first nine games as they have now won 13 of their last 16 games to give them a 16-9 record.
The Yankees had not swept the Red Sox at Fenway since CC Sabathia has been on the team and he thought it was awesome that they did so.
“I’ve never seen it,” CC Sabathia said. “It’s awesome to be able to come in here and do this. Tampa, the same thing; we hadn’t swept them (on the road) since I’ve been here, too. Hopefully it’s turning around and a sign of good things for us.”
Jacoby Ellsbury and to a lesser extent Brett Gardner were the offensive stars of the game for the Yankees. Ellsbury, who has 19 hits in his last 40 at-bats, was four for four with two runs scored. He raised his batting average to a .351, which is the eighth highest in the American League. Gardner, who has had two hits in each of his past two games to raise his average to .320, was two for six with a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs.
The top two hitters in the lineup were six for 10 with four runs scored and three RBIs. That is a lot of offensive production from the top of the lineup. Gardner’s three-run homer came in the sixth inning and gave the Yankees an 8-0 lead. The homer with Didi Gregorius and Gardner on base gave him three RBIs for the second consecutive game.
The other homer in the game by the Yankees was hit by Mark Teixiera. He hit a homer in the first inning while Gardner was on base to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Teixiera only has a .202 average but his nine homers are third in the American League and his 20 RBIs are tied for sixth in the league. The most important part of Teixiera’s offensive game is his power production and he is giving the team all they can ask for in that department.
Three runs were scored between Teixeira and Gardner’s homer and they would need them since the Red Sox scored five run in the sixth inning. Brian McCann had a two-run double in the third for his 15th run batted in of the season and later in the inning Carlos Beltran doubled to right to score McCann.
After his extremely slow start to the season, Beltran appears to be slowly turning his season around since he now has a .300 average in his last seven days and is 4-8 with two doubles and two RBIs in his last two games. He has raised his average from .161 to .197 in the last eight days.
Those doubles by Beltran and McCann proved to be valuable since the Yankees had an 8-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth but Warren allowed four runs in the sixth and Esmil Rogers allowed one runner to score. Warren pitched very well in the first five innings as he got the first nine batters he faced out and was able to get Daniel Nava to hit into a double play and then there was a foul out to McCann to end the fifth.
However, in the sixth, he allowed a single, double, a hit by pitch and another single all with two outs. Rogers came in with runners on first and second, after two runs had already scored in the inning, and allowed a three-run homer over the Green Monster to the dangerous Mike Napoli. Rogers was able to get the new Red Sox catcher, Blake Swihart, to strikeout swinging with runners on first and second to end the sixth.
David Carpenter and Andrew Miller did not allow a hit in the final 1.2 innings as the bullpen continued their dominance. Carpenter threw only one pitch in the eighth and was able to get a double play to end the inning and Miller had two more strikeouts en route to picking up his 10th save in as many chances. Miller was able to get his former teammate, David Ortiz, to hit a hard line drive to Ellsbury to end the game.
The Yankees are firing on all cylinders right now and will start a three-game series at Rogers Centre against the Blue Jays on Monday at 7:07 p.m.