"We kind of stole this one".
As ESPN so boldly wrote yesterday, "As they continue to trudge through a second half that so far has been defined by mediocrity - they are 6-8 since the All-Star break - the odds of them winning the division and locking up a postseason spot that won't require a one-game playoff are looking slimmer and slimmer". Lou Merloni joins our Boston Sports Tonight crew to break down the impressive win.
Veteran David Price will make the start for Boston in the series finale on Sunday. The Red Sox went 69-93 with Valentine in 2012, but Farrell completed an incredible turnaround and led them to the 2013 World Series title in his first season, which is impressive.
"This is a time when it's obviously tough for us right now, and that's when you've got to look around the room and you've got to lean on each other and count on each other, and we will do that", Boone said.
Betts, who came up as a second baseman but is a Gold Glove-winning right fielder, was back at second for the first time since 2014 for most of Friday's game and was thrilled to be there.
Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a ideal inning in the top of the 10th. They would hold on to the lead through to the bottom of the ninth, only to watch as Boston cut through the Yankees stellar bullpen to tie the game and later walk-off in the 10th. "For us to take the first three games in the series is big", he said.
It snapped his streak of converting 22 straight opportunities since his last blown save on May 4. He walked the bases loaded, which meant reaching the major league RBI leader, J.D. Martinez, with two outs. Third baseman Miguel Andujar then bounced a throw to first on Xander Bogaerts' grounder, with pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. racing home with the tying run. Benintendi made them pay with a line drive single up the middle, which scored pinch runner Tony Renda to give the Red Sox the win. Masahiro Tanaka allowed Betts' homer but little else among six hits.
That is very improbable and this point and even if the Red Sox are only playing for.500 until the end of the season and the Yankees for more than this, Boston would still finish first.
NY demoted Sonny Gray to the bullpen after his loss Wednesday to Baltimore and replaced him in the rotation with newly acquired Lance Lynn, who pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief against the Orioles.
A day after some inside pitching led to warnings and the ejection of Boston's Alex Cora - the first of his managerial career - Eovaldi put his first pitch to Stanton in the first behind the batter's head.
Benintendi is emerging as the Red Sox' newest "Yankee Killer" after the win. The hit was originally ruled a foul ball, but the call was overturned when the Red Sox challenged. Holder's performance in the series was awful, mirroring the entire Yankees squad, which managed to get swept away by a cumulative score of 28-13 in the four-game set.