The New York Yankees came into their weekend series with the Boston Red Sox needing a sweep to stay in contention in the AL East race, but the Red Sox were the one that did the the sweeping.
With a 9-2 win and a series sweep on Sunday, the Sox officially eliminated the Yankees from the AL East race. It is the earliest the Yankees have been eliminated since 1992. Let's recap the series win for the Red Sox.
Game One Red Sox 8 Yankees 4
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a grand slam that broke the tie in the seventh inning, and Koji Uehara closed the game with another perfect inning as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 8-4 Friday night.
David Ortiz and Stephen Drew both doubled twice as the Red Sox won their 15th time in 19 games.
Robinson Cano went 4 for 4 with three doubles and two RBIs for New York, but it wasn't enough as the Yankees fell behind Tampa Bay by two games in the wildcard race.
Game Two Boston 5 New York 1
Jon Lester pitched another excellent outing as the Red Sox defeated the Yankees 5-1 win on Saturday.
The left-handed pitcher only allowed one run and three hits. Lester also struck out five and walked two for his fourth win in six starts. Since the middle of July, Lester is 6-3 with a 2.52 ERA in 12 starts. Shane Victonio,Mike Napoli, Jonny Gomes all had two hits as the Red Sox won for the 16th time in 19 games.
Yankees losing pitcher CC Sabathia had another rough outing, in his worst season of his career. The Yankees left-hander gave up five runs in six innings.
Game Three Boston 9 New York 2
Clay Buchholz improved his record to 11-0 as the Red Sox destroyed the Yankees 11-0 on Sunday Night. The Red Sox pitcher went six innings and allowed two hits to complete the three-game sweep. The Red Sox have won Red Sox six of seven games against the Yankees in 11 days.
Mike Napoli hit his 22 homerun in the first inning, which got the offense going for the Red Sox. Daniel Nava also chipped in with four hits. and an RBI as the Yankees are officially eliminated for winning the AL East division title.
Yankees had won the last two division titles and 13 of the last 17. The Red Sox magic number to win their first AL East title is now at four.