Red Sox Clinch AL East Title With 11-6 Win Over Yankees

Thursday, September 20, 2018
GoLocalWorcester Sports Team

Red Sox clinch the AL East
The Boston Red Sox got four hits and five RBIs from Mookie Betts en route to an AL East clinching 11-6 win over the New York Yankees on Thursday night in the Bronx.

This is the third straight season in which the Red Sox have won the AL East.

It is the first time in team history they have won three straight division titles.

Red Sox Rally Past Yankees

Trailing 6-5 in the top of the seventh, Boston got a home run from Jackie Bradley Jr. to cut New York’s lead to one.

Catcher Christian Vazquez singled, Benintendi doubled to right and J.D. Martinez was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Xander Bogaerts would then hit a sacrifice fly to center field to tie the game at 6.

On the play, Yankees centerfielder Aaron Hicks threw it over the third baseman’s head and into the seats allowing Benintendi to score to give Boston a 7-6 lead.

Still, with a one-run lead in the 8th, the Red Sox got a three-run home run from Betts to take an 11-6 lead.

The home run marked the second time that Betts recorded at least 40 doubles, five triples, and 30 home runs in a season.

The only other Red Sox player to ever to that in two seasons is Ted Williams in 1939 and 1947.

In the bottom of the 9th, Craig Kimbrel gave up a leadoff triple to Andrew McCuthchen before getting Aaron Judge to strike out, Hicks to fly out and Stanton to strike out.

Next up

Boston travels to Cleveland for the start of a three-game series with the Indians.

The series begins on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m.

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