Coming after an 8-1 drubbing in which the Red Sox offense could get nothing going against C.C. Sabathia in the first game of the marquee series between the two best teams in baseball, Boston bounced back in a major way.
In the first inning of the second game of the series, J.D. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts singled and New York pitcher Sonny Gray walked Mitch Moreland, bringing Rafael Devers up to the plate. What came next was an astounding moment for Boston fans as Devers went yard to left field for a grand slam. The quick 4-0 lead in the first inning resulted in Boston never looking back as they went on to win the game 11-0, handing Gray his sixth loss of the season while providing plenty of run support for their own Chris Sale to improve his record to 8-4 and giving the Sox sole possession of the division lead once again.
In addition to Devers's grand slam, he went five for five on the day, with a double, three singles, and three runs, having one of the best games of his career. Through the second inning, Andrew Benintendi scored Sandy Leon (who hit a two run home run in the seventh inning) on a single and Martinez scored Mookie Betts on a sacrifice play. Martinez also plated Jackie Bradley, Jr. on a single in the sixth inning and Betts on a single in the eighth. The eleventh run for Boston came at the hands of Brock Holt in the ninth.
Sale held his own for Boston on the defensive side, as well, striking Yankees out eleven times in his seven innings of one hit baseball, en route to lowering his earned run average on the season to 2.41.
The rubber match, the game that will decide who wins the rivalry series will be played tonight in the Bronx at eight o'clock and it will be nationally televised. New York's starting pitcher is arguably their ace, the 12-2 Luis Severino. Boston trots out David Price, who has been excelling as of late, with May 3 standing as the last game Price gave up over three earned runs in a game.
FINAL: Yankees 11, #RedSox 1.