Red Sox pound Yankees 19-3, biggest win ever in rivalry

The 19 runs were the most scored by the Red Sox against the Yankees in the 117-year history of the rivalry.

Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman walks back to his position with the scoreboard showing the Red Sox ahead 19-3 in the eighth inning.
Yankees left fielder Mike Tauchman walks back to his position with the scoreboard showing the Red Sox ahead 19-3 in the eighth inning. –AP Photo/Elise Amendola

BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts had some special guests in town to see Boston open a critical series against the AL East-leading New York Yankees.

They got to the park too late to see his three-run homer in the first inning.

So Bogaerts hit another — a solo shot in the eighth to give the Red Sox a 19-3 lead and seal a historic pounding of their longtime rivals.

“The last at-bat I saw my mom there and I was like, ‘I’m going to try,’” said Bogaerts, who also had his uncle and Little League coaches in the stands. “I was happy I did. It will just be special having them here … and having them enjoy watching me play and doing productive stuff for the team.”

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Bogaerts, born in Aruba, had four hits in all Thursday night as the Red Sox erupted for their biggest victory over the Yankees in the 117-year history of the rivalry.

Andrew Benintendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits apiece; Bradley, Michael Chavis and J.D. Martinez each had two of Boston’s 10 doubles. Eight players had at least two RBIs for Boston, tying a major league record.

The Red Sox have won three of their first four in a stretch of 14 straight games against the Yankees and Tampa Bay, the two teams ahead of them in the division. But they remain 10 games behind New York, a half-game behind the Rays and 1 1/2 behind Oakland in the race for the second AL wild card.

“It’s a good time for everyone to be contributing,” Bogaerts said. “If we keep it up for two months I think we’ll be in very good shape, but it’s hard to do.”

In the worst start by a Yankees pitcher against the Red Sox, Masahiro Tanaka (7-6) allowed 12 runs on 12 hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. It was the second-most earned runs ever allowed by a Yankees pitcher — Carl Mays gave up 13 in a complete game against Cleveland in 1923.

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Rick Porcello (9-7) had his problems, giving back two runs in the second after being spotted a 7-0 lead. Kyle Higashioka added a solo homer in the fifth to make it 12-3. But the Red Sox right-hander managed to finish six innings, allowing three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one.

Boston has scored double-digit runs in each of Porcello’s last five outings — the first major league pitcher to get that much support since 1896. He is 4-1 in his past six starts despite giving up 30 runs in 29 innings.

“It’s been absolutely incredible,” Porcello said. “It seems like the last three or four games I pitched we put up damn near 20 runs. Run support is huge. And when we’re scoring like this, you do the best you can not to screw it up.”

STATS

Devers leads all of baseball with 31 RBIs in July and is the youngest Red Sox player with a 30-RBI month since Ted Williams in August 1939. … The Red Sox have scored eight or more runs in four consecutive games against the Yankees for the first time since 1912, the year Fenway Park opened.

ON THE FARM

Deivi Garcia made his third start for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he bids for a big-league callup. The 20-year-old right-hander entered the game with 124 strikeouts in 76 2/3 innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: OF Brett Gardner was placed on 10-day IL with left knee inflammation, retroactive to Monday. … LHP Stephen Tarpley recalled from Triple-A. . OF Cameron Maybin (left calf strain) made a rehab appearance in Triple-A and went 4 for 5 with a homer and a double. Manager Aaron Boone said Maybin is expected to play nine innings in the field on Friday.

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Yankees: LHP James Paxon (5-5), who pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, striking out 12 against Boston on April 16.

Red Sox: RHP Andrew Cashner (9-5) makes the start for Boston as he tries to earn his first victory with the Red Sox since he was acquired from Baltimore in a trade. He’s 2-5 with a 3.96 ERA in 10 starts against the Yankees.