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The Red Sox came into the series with the hope of stealing the AL East. However, now they will be playing for a Wild Card slot as the Yankees swept the Sox and captured the AL East crown along the way. The win Sunday afternoon gives the Yankees their 11th division title since 1995 and also their 100th win on the season.
Hideki Matsui got the go-ahead single in the sixth to put the Yankees up and they never looked back. After winning the first eight games against the Bronx Bombers, the Red Sox dropped nine of the last ten to NY, leaving the season series tied at nine games apiece.
Mike Lowell got things going in the first with a sharp single off of Andy Pettitte’s foot, scoring Jason Bay. In the third inning, Lowell grounded into a double play, but not before Jason Bay scored again. By the bottom of the third, Melky Carbera hit a solo shot to put the Yankees on the board.
In the sixth inning, Matsui’s two-run single gave the Yankees the lead. In the eighth, Mark Teixeira hit a solo homerun of his own, giving the Yanks the insurance run. Boston put two on base in the ninth, but got nothing from in and Mariano Rivera recorded his 44th save of the season.
Sox starter Paul Byrd recorded his third loss in his short season with Boston. He went over five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, but did not give up a walk. For the Yankees, Andy Pettitte went six, and was tagged for two runs on seven hits in earning his 14th win of the season.
The Yankees waited through an hour rain delay and a whole game to clinch the division, their first since 2006. Boston’s magic number to clinch the Wild Card remains at three as they are six games ahead of Texas. They will now move into a series against the Blue Jays.
Although he went just 1-4 on the night, his one hit scored Bay and his ground out plated Bay again. It seems that the rest he has gotten since Boston acquired Victor Martinez has worked well for the aging third baseman.
Although he only had one at bat, Martinez’s hitting streak ended at 25 games when the single he appeared to get was called an error.
The game was originally intended to air at 8:00 pm, but was moved to a daytime start because of Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calender.
W: Andy Pettitte (14-7)
L: Paul Byrd (1-3)
S: Mariano Rivera (43)