BOSTON — Rafael Devers drove in five runs, while homering twice for his 100th homer of his career. It lead the Red Sox to a 6-1 victory over the archrival New York Yankees Friday night.
The bullpen was key, as after Red Sox starter Eduardo Rodriguez left the game due to a migraine just 1+ innings into his performance, the Sox’s pen hurled eight scoreless innings.
Brett Gardner smacked an RBI double in the second to put the Yankees up 1-0, before Rodriguez was removed from the ballgame. Phillips Valdez would take over, finishing the second scoreless despite loading the bases, and would finish his night tossing three seven-strikeout innings.
After Yacksel Rios tossed a scoreless top of the fifth, the Sox grabbed the lead — Xander Bogaerts would plate Kike Hernadez with a sac fly, before Rafael Devers crushed a two-run home run to put Boston up 3-1.
Rios (sixth) and Garrett Whitlock (seventh) would toss another pair of scoreless innings, as Rafael Devers walloped a three-run homer over the monster to put the Red Sox up 6-1 in the bottom half of the seventh inning.
Darwinzon Hernandez blanked New York in the eighth, and Brandon Workman allowed a run in the ninth but captured the victory as he retired Rob Brantly to capture the Red Sox’s 60th win of the season. The Sox move to 60-38 on the season.