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

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BOS­TON — 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.”

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 117year 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.

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.”

Tanaka, who had won four straight de­ci­sions, walked Mookie Betts and Rafael Dev­ers to start the first be­fore Bo­gaerts hit a 451-foot homer over the Green Mon­ster and onto Lans­downe Street be­low.

Tanaka al­lowed three sin­gles to load the bases and, with two outs, Bradley and Betts hit con­sec­u­tive two-run dou­bles to make it 7-0. Dev­ers home­red lead­ing off the five-run fourth, when Bos­ton chased Tanaka.

Yan­kees starters have al­lowed 40 runs over their last five games, some­thing they hadn’t done since 1912.

“It’s been each guy this time through,” man­ager

Aaron Boone said. “So, it’s been one hic­cup for ev­ery one of the guys that’s come in suc­ces­sion. Makes it dif­fi­cult, but we’ve just got to dig in and see where we can make lit­tle im­prove­ments and ex­pect that the next time out each guy will be sharper.”

Stephen Tarp­ley wasn’t much bet­ter, giv­ing up three runs in the fifth and another in the sixth. Sandy León hit a two-run homer in the eighth, then Bog­a­rts fol­lowed with his sec­ond of the night; this one failed to reach Lans­downe Street only be­cause it clipped the bill­board above the Mon­ster.

STATS

Dev­ers leads the ma­jors 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.

... The last team with eight play­ers with two or more RBIS was the Texas Rangers in a 30-3 vic­tory over Bal­ti­more in 2007 . ... The Ori­oles scored 10 runs or more in five straight starts for Bill Hof­fer in 1896.

ON THE FARM

Yan­kees prospect Deivi Garcia made his third start for Triple-a Scran­ton/ Wilkes-barre as he bids for a big league call-up. 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 . ... Tarp­ley was re­called from Triple-a for the game and sent back af­ter­ward. . OF Cameron May­bin (left calf strain) made a re­hab ap­pear­ance in Triple-a and went 4 for 5 with a homer and a dou­ble. Boone said May­bin is ex­pected to play nine in­nings in the field on Fri­day.

UP NEXT

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

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

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