NEW YORK — In the back-and-forth fight for the American League East, it’s worth noting this fact: No team has beaten the Red Sox more often this season than the New York Yankees.
Sure, the Red Sox are in first place, but the Yankees have been their Kryptonite — at least, until yesterday’s slugfest at Yankee Stadium.
It’s amazing what a few timely hits will do.
Andrew Benintendi’s six RBI led the Red Sox to a 10-5 win that felt like redemption after they’d blown a late lead in the series opener the night before. The Sox’ division lead is back to 41⁄2 games, tied for their largest of the season.
And they have Chris Sale pitching tonight.
“We’ve done a very good job of separating from the night before,” manager John Farrell said. “Coming back in a day game, putting up good offensive at-bats and runs early in ballgames, I think that’s a testament to our guys being able to turn the page and get right after it the next day.”
The difference was the Red Sox’ four hits with runners in scoring position, including two three-run home runs by Benintendi, who had his third multi-homer game of the season.
It didn’t matter that the Red Sox went down in order six times. By capitalizing on their opportunities, the Sox scored twice as many runs as they had in any other game against the Yankees this season. It was the second time since July 4 that they scored in double digits.
“It’s just another game,” Benintendi said. “There’s still 46 games left. . . . Maybe if this was the last series and we were tied it’d be higher intensity. But, yeah, we definitely come here and take care of business.”
This time, at least.
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