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NY Yankees0 0 0 0 2 0 0 4 0 6102
Boston0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 3110
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  W: C. Green (10-7)   L: G. Richards (7-8)   S: A. Chapman (30)
4:08 PM PT5:08 PM MT6:08 PM CT7:08 PM ET19:08 ET23:08 GMT7:08 4:08 PM MST6:08 PM EST6:38 PM VEN3:08 UAE (+1)5:08 PM CT, September 26, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,312

Yankees aim to continue ascent in finale vs. Red Sox

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New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox are 10-6 versus the Yankees this season, after going 6-23 against them over the previous two seasons combined (5-14 in 2019, 1-9 in 2020). The Red Sox have won six of their seven games against the Yankees at Fenway Park this year.
  2. The Yankees' last win against a team that had a winning record at the time was on August 27 at Oakland. (Gerrit Cole got the victory for New York in that game with six scoreless innings.) The Yankees' 10 wins since then have been against the Orioles (3), Rangers (3), Angels (1), Indians (1), Twins (1) and Mets (1).
  3. Gerrit Cole has picked up a decision in each of his last 11 starts. He's 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA over that span, with 15 of his 25 runs allowed coming in two games (July 29 vs. Rays, Sept. 19 vs. Indians). Only one AL pitcher has had a longer streak of consecutive starts with a decision this year than Cole: the Royals' Mike Minor (14 from May 31-Aug. 13).
  4. The Red Sox' current seven-game winning streak is their third longest win streak this season. Boston won nine straight games from April 5-14, and eight in a row from June 25-July 2. The only other MLB teams with at least three winning streaks of seven games or longer this season are the Dodgers (four: 9, 9, 8, 8) and Athletics (three: 13, 7, 7).
  5. The Red Sox have won Nathan Eovaldi's last six starts, but Eovaldi was not the winning pitcher in any of those games. (Eovaldi has a 2.27 ERA and 48 SO in 35.2 IP over that span.) The longest previous streak of consecutive no-decision starts by a Red Sox pitcher with Boston winning each game was four (Earl Wilson in 1964, Steve Crawford in 1981, Eduardo Rodriguez in 2021).
  6. Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs in the Red Sox' 12-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Schwarber has six multi-homer games this season (five for Washington, one for Boston). He's tied with Joey Gallo and Salvador Perez for the most games with two or more home runs in the major leagues this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021
(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Riding high off a comeback victory to pull even for the top American League wild card, the New York Yankees seek sole possession on Sunday night when they bid for a three-game sweep of the host Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees trailed 2-1 in the eighth inning of Saturday's contest before Giancarlo Stanton crushed a grand slam over the Green Monster in an eventual 5-3 win. With its fifth straight victory, New York (88-67) matched Boston (88-67) in the wild-card standings, where the first team will host the second in a one-game playoff for the chance to move on to the AL Division Series.

"We're now in a better situation than we were yesterday and the day before," said Stanton, who has homered twice with eight RBIs through the first two games of the crucial series. "So, it's our job to get out of this city in an even better situation tomorrow."

The importance of holding the top seed is further magnified by the proximity of the other clubs in the wild-card hunt. The Toronto Blue Jays are two games back after a victory Saturday night, while the Seattle Mariners had a six-game winning streak snapped to fall three games off the pace.

The Yankees will visit the Blue Jays after Sunday's series finale before ending their season hosting the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

The Red Sox will embark on a six-game road trip against cellar dwellers in the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

"I think we've had a few of these this season," Boston skipper Alex Cora said in the aftermath of Saturday's crushing defeat. "We should be fine."

The Red Sox will send left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (11-8, 4.97 ERA) to the mound looking to salvage a win in their regular-season home finale. Southpaw Jordan Montgomery (6-6, 3.55) gets the nod for the Yankees.

Prior to the start of the weekend series, Boston had won seven straight and appeared primed to distance itself from the rest of the pack in the standings. The club's bullpen escaped jams in the sixth and seventh innings Saturday before New York finally broke through.

"You come tomorrow and you play good baseball and see where it takes us," Cora said. "After that, we rest Monday and be ready for the road trip."

Stanton's slam was the ninth of his career and second this season.

"Great feeling. A lot of emotions going on. Just glad I was able to do it," he said.

Montgomery earned the win over the Texas Rangers in his last start, his second straight effort allowing just one run over 5 2/3 innings. The southpaw is 0-2 with a 3.63 ERA in four starts against the Red Sox this season and 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA in 10 starts for his career.

Rodriguez will look to pitch deeper after holding the New York Mets to two runs in 4 1/3 innings in his most recent performance. He has pitched past the fifth inning just three times in his last six starts.

Rodriguez is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in four starts versus the Yankees this year. He is 8-6 with a 3.73 ERA in 22 games (20 starts) lifetime against New York.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 26, 2021

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