The Red Sox will surely be glad they don’t have to return to Yankee Stadium again this season.
The Sox lost 6-3 Monday, dropping their eighth consecutive game as the Yankees clinched their second consecutive series sweep in the Bronx this season. The Red Sox have now lost their last 11 games at Yankee Stadium and 15 of their last 16 over the last two seasons.
New York used the long ball to clinch the sweep, hitting four home runs in the series finale. Luke Voit had two — a two-run shot in the fourth and solo homer in the fifth — and Thairo Estrada and Aaron Hicks hit solo shots.
The Yankees jumped out to an early lead with a three-run third inning against Sox lefty Martin Perez. Boston cut the deficit to two on a Christian Vazquez RBI single in the third but was unable to get closer. Estrada and Voit homered in back-to-back innings to put the Yankees up 5-1 before Verdugo brought the Red Sox within three with a RBI ground-rule double. Hicks’ homer, a towering shot to right field off reliever Austin Brice, gave New York a 6-2 lead.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, making his season debut after battling coronavirus, let Boston back into the game in the ninth. Jose Peraza tripled and Jonathan Arauz doubled to cut the score to 6-3 before Chapman struck out back-to-back batters to end the game.
With the loss, the Red Sox fell to 6-17 on the season.