Red Sox rout Yankees 16-1 to take series lead, Brock Holt hits for historic cycle

Game 4 will be played in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

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Brock Holt doubles in Game 3 of the ALDS. –Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The Red Sox and Yankees continued their first playoff series in 14 years on Monday night. As the two rivals split the opening pair of games in Boston, the series moved to New York.

In the end, it was a decisive victory for the Red Sox, who emerged with 16-1 win and 2-1 lead in the American League Division Series. Here’s a recap of how Game 3 went:

9th inning: Red Sox 16, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 9th: Despite a two-out walk, Boston pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez retired the side without issue to close out a Game 3 win for the Red Sox.

Top of the 9th: Yankee catcher Austin Romine was called in to pitch the 9th inning for New York. He promptly got Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers to ground out. Ian Kinsler drew a walk before Brock Holt completed hitting for the cycle with a two-run home run. Christian Vazquez flew out to right field to retire the side.


8th inning: Red Sox 14, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 8th: Heath Hembree entered to pitch for the Red Sox, getting Brett Gardner and Andrew McCutchen to pop out. An Aaron Judge strikeout made it a quick inning for the Red Sox reliever.

Top of the 8th: Stephen Tarpley was called in from New York’s bullpen to pitch. He gave up an infield single to Rafael Devers, and Ian Kinsler added another base hit to move Devers into scoring position. Brock Holt’s double made it 12-1 with two runners still in scoring position and no outs in the inning. Tarpley got Christian Vazquez to ground out before Kinsler scored on a wild pitch.

Mookie Betts’ single up the middle made it 14-1. Tarpley then got Blake Swihart to strike out and J.D. Martinez to ground into an fielder’s choice.

7th inning: Red Sox 11, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 7th: Nathan Eovaldi continued in the game for the Red Sox, striking out Gary Sanchez looking with a 100 mph fastball. He followed by striking out Miguel Andujar on a curveball, and getting Gleyber Torres to ground out to end the inning.

Top of the 7th: Christian Vazquez flied out to centerfield, followed by a double from Jackie Bradley Jr. After Mookie Betts grounded out, J.D. Martinez hit an RBI single up the middle. Xander Bogaerts then fouled out to retire the side.


6th inning: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 6th: Aaron Judge opened the inning with a single to right field, but Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi answered by striking out Luke Voit. Giancarlo Stanton’s scorched line drive was right at Andrew Benintendi, who made the catch for the inning’s second out. Didi Gregorius also flew out to Benintendi, giving Eovaldi another quiet inning.

Top of the 6th: Right-hander Jonathan Holder entered the game for the Yankees, getting Rafael Devers to ground out to first base. Steve Pearce struck out, followed by Brock Holt grounding out. It was the first three up, three down inning for the Yankees in Game 3.

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5th inning: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 5th: Gleyber Torres lined out to Steve Pearce for the first out of the inning, and Brett Gardner grounded out to second. Nathan Eovaldi followed up by getting Andrew McCutchen to line out to Xander Bogaerts, ending the inning.

Top of the 5th: Chad Green continued on the mound for New York, getting Jackie Bradley Jr. and Mookie Betts out on two pitches. However, Green then walked the next two batters he faced (Andrew Benintendi and J.D. Martinez) before Xander Bogaerts popped out to end the threat.

4th inning: Red Sox 10, Yankees 1

Bottom of the 4th: Luke Voit led off with a single before Giancarlo Stanton hit a hard single to centerfield, allowing Voit to move to third. Didi Gregorius induced another challenge at first base (the fourth of the game) after he was initially called. His fielder’s choice allowed Voit to score from third, getting New York on the board. Gary Sanchez followed by striking out, and Miguel Andujar’s groundout ended the threat.


Top of the 4th: Brock Holt hit the first pitch of the inning by Severino back into centerfield for a single. Christian Vazquez added another single on what appeared to be a hit-and-run with Holt, though the Red Sox second baseman was forced to hold at second. Jackie Bradley Jr. drew a walk on four pitches, spelling the end for Luis Severino’s night as the Yankees’ starter.

Lance Lynn arrived from the bullpen to takeover on the mound for New York, but he promptly walked in a run on four pitches, sending Mookie Betts to first. Andrew Benintendi ripped a bases-clearing double down the right field line, making it 7-0 Red Sox, still with nobody out in the inning.

J.D. Martinez grounded out, but Xander Bogaerts’ single knocked Lynn out of the game. Chad Green entered for the Yankees, getting Rafael Devers to pop up. Steve Pearce followed with an RBI single, and Brock Holt (batting for the second time in the inning) belted a two-run triple into right field. Christian Vazquez grounded out to finally end the threat.

3rd inning: Red Sox 3, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 3rd: Gleyber Torres was initially ruled to be out on a throw from Xander Bogaerts, but the Yankees won a challenge, putting Torres back on first. Brock Holt made a fantastic play at second base on Brett Gardner’s hard hit ground ball, but Bogaerts was unable to complete the double play. Andrew McCutchen flew out to right before Aaron Judge grounded out to Bogaerts to end the inning.

Top of the 3rd: Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both reached on hits into left field. Aggressive base running on Benintendi’s hit led each to advance to second and third with no outs. This paid immediate dividends, as J.D. Martinez’s sacrifice fly scored Betts, increasing Boston’s lead.

Xander Bogaerts singled, moving Benintendi to third. Rafael Devers grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the Yankees failed to get the double play, meaning Benintendi scored to make it 3-0 Red Sox. Steve Pearce ended the Boston threat, flying out to deep centerfield.

2nd inning: Red Sox 1, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 2nd: Giancarlo Stanton hit a hard ground ball just past the glove of Xander Bogaerts for a single before Didi Gregorius dropped down a bunt, and Nathan Eovaldi slipped fielding the ball, making it a close play at first base. At first, Gregorius was called safe, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora challenged, and the Yankee shortstop was ruled out. Eovaldi then settled in, getting Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar to ground out, ending the inning.

Top of the 2nd: Rafael Devers led off with a long single into right field, though Aaron Judge’s clean field and quick throw kept him at first base. Steve Pearce struck out, but Devers stole second in the process. Brock Holt grounded out, advancing Devers to third.

Christian Vazquez reached on an infield single right back at Severino (who couldn’t field it cleanly), scoring Devers on the play to give the Red Sox an early lead. Severino rallied to strike out Jackie Bradley Jr., retiring the side.

1st inning: Red Sox 0, Yankees 0

Bottom of the 1st: Andrew McCutchen grounded out to leadoff before Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi battled Aaron Judge in a nine-pitch at-bat. Eovaldi won the struggle, getting a hard hit out to Mookie Betts in right field. Luke Voit then struck out on three pitches to retire the side.

Top of the 1st: On the first pitch of the game, Mookie Betts hit a shot to deep centerfield that took Yankee Brett Gardner to the warning track before he made the catch. Andrew Benintendi followed by popping out on another fastball from Yankees starter Luis Severino. After J.D. Martinez drew a walk, Xander Bogaerts also flew out to Gardner, ending the threat.


Boos and cheers for the Red Sox in New York:

Pedro Martinez on “psychological warfare” in Red Sox-Yankees:

Red Sox fans got started early:

The lineups for Game 3:

Pitching matchup: Nathan Eovaldi (6-7, 3.81 ERA) vs. Luis Severino (19-8, 3.39 ERA)

Since being acquired from the Rays on July 25, Eovaldi has gone 3-3 with  3.33 ERA. And the righthander’s contribution to the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry has given Boston reason to be optimistic about his postseason debut.

The Yankees turn to righthander Luis Severino, who helped New York defeat Oakland in the American League wild card game. His four scoreless innings were complemented by seven strikeouts.

While Severino has been uneven against the Red Sox in 2018 (2-2, 3.56 ERA), he has been dominant at Yankee Stadium (10-2, 2.74 ERA).

What Alex Cora had to say before the game: