Red Sox Sweep Sad Yanks, 8-7

first_imgBOSTON — Alex Rodriguez had already driven in four runs against David Price with a homer and a double.So when the New York Yankees’ designated hitter came up again with the game tied in the seventh inning, Red Sox Manager John Farrell wanted to have a chat with his ace.“David’s not going to say he doesn’t want to face anyone,” Farrell said May 1 after Price retired Rodriguez and picked up the win in Boston’s 8-7 victory over the Yankees.“That was a pivotal moment,” Farrell added. “He’s a big-time performer, despite some of tonight’s outcomes.”Price got Rodriguez on a groundout, and Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster in the bottom of the inning to break a 6-all tie as the Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of their arch-rivals.Dustin Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts each had three hits and Travis Shaw homered for Boston, which has won seven of eight to move into first place in the AL East.Rodriguez homered for the third time in four games and added a two-run double for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high five in a row.“It is frustrating, no question about it,” Rodriguez said. “We expect better things from ourselves.”Price (4-0) earned the win despite allowing six runs and eight hits in seven innings. He gave up Rodriguez’s 692nd career homer in the third and then a two-run double in the fifth.“He’s tough, he’s got 3,000-plus hits,” Price said. “For them to stick with me then, I definitely appreciate it.”Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his eighth save.Dellin Betances relieved Ivan Nova (1-1) with one on and two outs in the seventh, but Vazquez hit the first pitch over the left-field wall for his first homer of the year, and just the second of his major league career.“I pretty much lost these games; I’ll take the responsibility on myself,” said Betances, who gave up a tie-breaking homer to David Ortiz on April 30. “It’s tough. We put up a lot of runs and I tried to come in and do my job. Unfortunately, I didn’t.”Nathan Eovaldi, who took a no-hitter into the seventh inning at Texas in his previous start, gave up hits to the first two batters as the Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first.(JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more