BOSTON — A year after winning the World Series, the Red Sox will not be winning this year’s division after the Yankees officially eliminated them from contention for the AL East crown with a 5-0 win at Fenway Park.
New York’s 95th win ties them with Houston for the AL’s best record, while sending Boston 18.5 games of first place, an insurmountable number to overcome with just over two weeks left in the season.
James Paxton continued his recent run of dominance, giving the Bombers 6 2/3 innings of scoreless four-hit baseball. He also struckout seven and lowered his ERA to 3.96 for the season.
His opponent, Eduardo Rodriguez, was almost as good as him but an Austin Romine solo home run in the fifth gave the Bombers the lead, and they never looked back.
Once Rodriguez was out of the game, New York had a much easier time against left-hander Darwinzon Hernandez. The returning Gio Urshela smashed a solo shot against him, his 19th of the year, to double the Yankee lead. DJ LeMahieu and Gleyber Torres then knocked in runs of their own to balloon the margin to 4-0.