Recap - Sox sweep Yankees

Jim Monaghan
Contributing writer

On a night when the Red Sox and Boston bid an emotional farewell to Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, Boston made sure he never entered the game as they pounded New York 9-2 to sweep the three-game series at Fenway Park.

The Yankees score an unearned run in the first inning off starter Clay Buchholz. Curtis Granderson walked and moved to third on a Buchholz throwing error; he scored on an Alex Rodriguez ground out.

The Red Sox answered back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. They touched Ivan Nova for five runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks over four innings. Mike Napoli accounted for two of those runs with twenty second home run of the year in the bottom of the first with a man on. It was his seventh round-tripped against the Yankees in 2013. Dustin Pedroia, and Napoli each had two RBI's.

Buchholz earned his eleventh win of the year going six innings. He gave up two hits and four walks. His earned run average dropped to 1.51.

Boston rapped out eleven hits, led by four by Daniel Nava.

Rivera did not pitch, but spent the last two innings in the Yankees bullpen in right field chatting with fans and signing autographs. The loss eliminated the Yankees from any remaining possibility of winning the American League East.

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