The Red Sox finished off their American League Eastern Division rivals from the Bronx with a 9-2 win over the Yankees on Sunday afternoon at Fenway Park. The three-game sweep followed a similar sweep in the Bronx earlier this month.
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Of note on Sunday was watching Boston pound Yankees "ace" Gerrit Cole for four runs in the bottom of the first inning, three of them off the bat of Rafael Devers (pictured).
For Cole, it was his worst outing as a Yankee, getting blitzed for six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks. Just four games away from the halfway mark of their season, the Yankees are now 8-8 in games started by Cole this year, which tells you that $36 million a year (Cole's 2021 salary) doesn't buy what it used to.
Over the weekend, the Red Sox outscored the Yankees 18-7, and Boston pitchers held the two-through-five spots in the New York lineup to just nine hits in 44 at bats (.205) with 16 strikeouts.
Of particular note was Nathan Eovaldi's scintillating performance on Saturday night when he held his former team to just one run on seven hits over 7.2 innings, his longest outing of the year.
And if you want even better news, the Angels beat the Rays Sunday afternoon, lifting the Red Sox back into first place in the AL East. The Kansas City Royals come into Fenway for a four-game series to close out the homestand before the Sox head out to the West Coast for a six-game road trip against Oakland and the Angels.
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