BOSTON – Puerto Rican Kiké Hernández and Rafael Devers homered in the first inning and the Red Sox punished Gerrit Cole in a 9-2 rout of the New York Yankees on Sunday to complete the second straight sweep against their staunch fighters. rivals.
JD Martínez and Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez also homered for the Red Sox. Boston beat New York 18-7 in runs in the series at Fenway Park, improving to 6-0 against the Yankees and going 16 games above .500, its best position of the season.
Eduardo Rodríguez (6-4) looked solid in his first win in nine starts. The Venezuelan left-hander allowed Aaron Judge a two-run homer in the sixth inning, but kept the Yankees on five hits and struck out eight in six innings.
Cole (8-4) had six runs and eight hits, including three home runs in five innings; he walked two, struck out six and threw a wild pitch.
Cole’s effectiveness has plummeted in his recent starts, causing speculation that he’s having a hard time adjusting to the major league’s new foreign substance protocol. He was checked by the umpires for goo after allowing four runs and four hits in the first inning.
For the Red Sox, the Puerto Ricans Vázquez 3-2 with one scored and two RBIs, and Hernández 5-2 with scored and two RBIs. Dominican Devers 4-3 with one scored and four RBIs; and Danny Santana 4-2. Venezuelan Marwin González 3-0 with career scored.
For the Yankees, the Dominicans Gary Sánchez 1-0 and Miguel Andújar 3-0. The Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 4-1. The Cuban Gio Urshela 4-0.