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Red Sox rally for first sweep of Yankees in Bronx since 2011, Pujols passes Bonds

By Sports Desk June 07, 2021

The Boston Red Sox came from behind to beat rivals the New York Yankees 6-5 for their first series sweep in the Bronx in a decade.

Boston star Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run single with two outs in the 10th inning as the Red Sox held on to defeat the Yankees in their American League (AL) East showdown on Sunday.

The Red Sox rallied behind Marwin Gonzalez's game-tying homer in the seventh inning for their first three-game sweep in the Bronx since June 2011.

"It was real nice," Bogaerts said. "We know we haven't had a lot of success [vs. the Yankees] these last couple of years, but this team is different.

"We have a lot of winning players. You could see that with Kike [Hernandez] last night [Saturday] with that big RBI. Marwin [Gonzalez], these last couple of days, he's been getting hot."

Boston (36-23) – after four consecutive wins – are now a season-high 13 games over .500, though they are still a game behind AL East leaders the Tampa Bay Rays (38-23), who blitzed the Texas Rangers 7-1.

The slumping Yankees (31-29) are fourth in the five-team AL East following four successive defeats.

 

La Russa second on list for most wins by MLB manager

The Chicago White Sox blanked the Detroit Tigers 3-0 and manager Tony La Russa celebrated a milestone. It was his 2,764th career victory – moving him into second place on MLB's all-time manager wins list. The 76-year-old surpassed John McGraw and now only trails Connie Mack (3,731).

Jesse Winker starred with three home runs as the Cincinnati Reds topped the St Louis Cardinals 8-7. Winker hit a tie-breaking home run in the ninth inning for his second three-homer game this season. It helped the Reds clinch their first four-game sweep of the Cardinals in 21 years.

The Baltimore Orioles had a day out, crushing the Cleveland Indians 18-5 after scoring their most runs since 2015.

Rookie Luis Garcia earned his fifth successive victory and Jose Altuve recorded a lead-off homer in the Houston Astros' 6-3 win at the Toronto Blue Jays.

 

Bauer outpitched in Atlanta

Trevor Bauer and the Los Angeles Dodgers were beaten 4-2 by the Atlanta Braves. Dodgers ace Bauer allowed three runs and six hits across six innings, while matching his season high of four walks – two of the batters who were walked later scored.

Tanner Rainey was tagged by the Philadelphia Phillies, who eased to a 12-6 win over the Washington Nationals. J.T. Realmuto hit a three-run drive off Rainey as the Nationals pitcher gave up two hits, three runs – all earned and a homer in just one inning.

 

Pujols eclipses Bonds

Future Hall of Famer Albert Pujols hit his 671st career home run in a loss for World Series champions the Dodgers. With his homer, Pujols passed Barry Bonds for fourth on the all-time total base list with 5,980.

 

Sunday's results

Baltimore Orioles 18-5 Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins 3-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Philadelphia Phillies 12-6 Washington Nationals
Houston Astros 6-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Atlanta Braves 4-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
Chicago White Sox 3-0 Detroit Tigers
Minnesota Twins 2-1 Kansas City Royals
Cincinnati Reds 8-7 St Louis Cardinals
Tampa Bay Rays 7-1 Texas Rangers
Colorado Rockies 3-1 Oakland Athletics
Chicago Cubs 4-3 San Francisco Giants
Seattle Mariners 9-5 Los Angeles Angels
New York Mets 6-2 San Diego Padres
Boston Red Sox 6-5 New York Yankees

 

Cubs at Padres

The Padres (36-25) will be out to snap their two-game skid against the Cubs (33-26) on Monday. Ryan Weathers starts for San Diego as Chicago counter with Adbert Alzolay.

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