BOSTON (AP) – Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber homered off ace Gerrit Cole, and the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-2 in the American League wild-card game on Tuesday night.
Nathan Eovaldi allowed no run until the sixth inning. And when the game was still tight, Bogaerts also delivered a perfect shot to remove Aaron Judge at the plate.
Thus, the Red Sox qualified for the American League Division Series, where they will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a maximum of five games, the first of which is scheduled for Thursday in St. Petersburg, Florida.
With Bucky Dent as a spectator-charm and Aaron Boone in the cave for the third straight time in the playoffs, the Yankees were shipwrecked against their staunch rivals.
Boston ended Cole’s work in the third inning and beat New York in the playoffs for the close time in a row.
The Yankees, who lead the majors with 27 World Series titles in history, have not conquered it since 2009.