Red Sox Defeat Yankees, Snapping 12-Game Losing Streak Against New York

BOSTON, Mass - It took 10 tries, but the Boston Red Sox finally notched a win against the reigning A.L. East Champion New York Yankees this year, defeating them by a score of 10-2 on September 20th, 2020. The win snapped a 12-game losing streak against the Yankees dating back to the 2019 season.

Boston not only won, but won in convincing fashion with solid performances from several pitchers and hitters up and down the lineup. 

Rookie pitcher Tanner Houck made his second start for the Red Sox on this windy afternoon, looking to follow up the shutout he tossed in his MLB debut just a few days prior.

Houck was exceptional once again, giving up just one hit in six innings, striking out four, and allowing zero runs for a second straight start, giving him 11 scoreless innings to start his career. The 2017 first round draft pick from Missouri is slowly looking like a solid piece that the Red Sox can rely on in what looks to be a thin starting rotation for the 2021 season. 

(Picture Credit: Boston Globe) 

Aside from Houck, the Red Sox bullpen looked strong in the late stages of the game. Three pitchers combined to pitch three innings, striking out six and only giving up one run.

Boston’s lineup was also exceptional during the game, riding the wave of three home runs, two by left fielder Michael Chavis and another by designated hitter J.D. Martinez. Jackie Bradley Jr. also had a productive day at the plate with four hits, including a double, and catcher Christian Vazquez recorded a hit out of the leadoff spot, his first time hitting in that position this year. 

The Yankees struggled to get much offense going as they finished the game with only three hits, registered by the MLB’s home run leader Luke Voit, veteran outfielder Brett Gardner, and second baseman Tyler Wade. Before Sunday’s contest, Yankees starter Deivi Garcia had been off to a rather impressive start in his young MLB career, his ERA hovering around 3.30 coming into the game. But he struggled in his fifth start of the year, giving up six runs in just three innings of work, the most he has allowed in his career. 

The Red Sox grabbed the lead early in the game going up 6-0 in just the third inning primarily off the bat of Chavis, who as previously mentioned hit two home runs.

The loss for the Yankees denied them the 10-0 season sweep against the Red Sox, a feat that has never been accomplished by New York or Boston against one another in a season.

Andrew Gardner, UNH '23 

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