The future is now for the Red Sox, who finally can turn the page on their embarrassing rivalry with the Yankees in 2019.
The Yanks knocked off the Sox, 4-0, Monday night. They came into town Friday and took 3-of-4 from the Sox to stuff them further into third place in the American League East, 18½ games back of the first-place Bombers.
The loss officially knocked the Red Sox out of contention for the division, ending their three-year reign at the top.
It was the 19th and final game between the two teams this year. The Yankees won 14 of them, stomping all over their rivals after they battled it out on a more competitive level last year.
Though the Sox won 108 games and the division in 2018, they were just 10-9 against the Yankees in a closely contested rivalry that continued into the postseason, when the Sox went to New York tied 1-1 and then won back-to-back games to end the Yankees’ season in the Bronx.
James Paxton continued his dominance over the Red Sox with six shutout innings Monday in a game that began with David Ortiz throwing the first pitch. Ortiz sat in the first row next to Alex Cora until he left in the late innings. He didn’t have much to celebrate. Paxton is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA against the Sox this year, his first in pinstripes.
Eduardo Rodriguez sparkled again, striking out nine over six innings of one-run ball, but a home run to Austin Romine on a high fastball in the fifth inning was enough for the Yanks to hand him the loss.
Though Rodriguez has a 1.11 ERA in his last five starts and a 2.50 ERA in his last 14 starts, his record fell to 17-6. He’s likely to have three more starts and a longshot chance at his first 20-win season.
Darwinzon Hernandez was knocked around for three runs in the seventh inning.
With the rough series, the Sox fell to 8½ games back in the wild card standings with 18 games to play, all but cementing the end of their postseason hopes.