The Red Sox completed a weekend sweep against the New York Yankees with a 9-2 win. That cleared the season series at 13-6 in favor of Boston, the most wins against the Yankees since Baltimore did it 37 years ago. The sweep also kept Mariano Rivera off the diamond.
All the eyes of RSN were once again on Buchholz. A great pitcher will win without their best stuff at that was Buchholz who issued four walks in his 91 pitch effort. Buchholz allowed only two hits while striking out three. The only run in his tenure was a first inning score thanks to his own error. The effort dropped his ERA to 1.51.
Boston responded in their half of the first. Daniel Nava got the first of his four hits for the evening with a double. David Ortiz got Nava home by punching a single to left. Blazing hot Mike Napoli provided all the runs the Sox would need with a mammoth home run to center. 3-1 Boston after one. They were far from done.
In the 4th Napoli walked. Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded into a force out and that set up the highlight of the evening. A passed ball and a Stephen Drew ground out got Salty to third. Xander Bogaerts walked and with Jackie Bradley batting the Sox executed a double steal with Saltalamacchia stealing home. Sure, it was a delay steal, but it was a steal of home by the budding 100 meter Olympic hopeful.
The Red Sox scored a single run in the 5th when Mike Carp was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. In the 6th and 7th the Sox scored two runs in each frame with the highlight being a two run double by Dustin Pedroia.