Now, after losing all four games - including an extra-innings backbreaker on Sunday night that saw the team blow a 4-1 lead - the Yankees sit 9.5 games behind Boston in the standings, giving the Red Sox the largest division lead in Major League Baseball. This excludes the Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals 2017 Opening Night telecast, held on a Sunday.
NY held a 4-1 lead over the Red Sox and looked like it would avoid the series sweep and falling further behind in the AL East standings.
"It feels like another great win, obviously it was against our rivals", Boston's J.D. Martinez said. In the NY market, the telecast drew a 5.7 rating. The other two runs were unearned, scoring on an error by shortstop Xander Bogaerts.
That left the game ripe for a proper ending an inning later. With 52 games remaining after Sunday, the Yankees would have to go on an unlikely tear, as well as have the Red Sox plummet.
Red Sox starter David Price took a shutout into the seventh, giving up two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Gleyber Torres had a sacrifice fly. He was charged with two runs on four hits in six-plus innings.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale, on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, will miss his second straight start. Should the Red Sox win again Sunday, it'll be about time to put the Yankees' divisional hopes to bed.
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Betts said that the team did indeed see the comments, making the sweep a little sweeter.
Boston rallied from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS en route to winning its first World Series since 1918.
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.
Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (sprained right ankle) threw a bullpen that Cora called "impressive". He was acquired from Minnesota on July 30.