Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees with 9-2 win

Red Sox complete sweep of Yankees with 9-2 win
September 15, 2013, 11:15 pm
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BOSTON – The Red Sox completed the sweep of their three-game set against the Yankees Sunday night, taking the finale of the season series, 9-2.
 
The Sox finish the season series, 13-6, against the Yankees, winning the series for just the second time since 2005. The 13 wins match the most against the Yankees in a season by any team since the 1976 Orioles went 13-5.
 
The win, combined with the Rays’ loss to the Twins Sunday afternoon, moves the Sox closer to clinching the division, with their Magic Number at 4.
 
Clay Buchholz struggled with some command, but was able to go six innings, giving up just one run, no earned runs, on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a hit batter. He threw 91 pitches, 53 for strikes, improving to 11-0, lowering his ERA from 1.61 to 1.51.
 
The right-hander needed 22 pitches, 14 strikes, to get through the first inning. Buchholz walked lead-off batter Curtis Granderson then allowed him to advance to third on Buchholz’s errant pick-off attempt. Alex Rodriguez’s groundout scored Granderson, with Buchholz’s own error accounting for the unearned run.  
 
In two starts since returning from the disabled list, Buchholz has given up just one unearned run over 11 innings, with five hits, four walks, and nine strikeouts.
 
The Sox offense came back with three runs in the bottom of the first when they sent seven batters to the plate. David Ortiz’s single scored Daniel Nava, who doubled ahead of him with one out. Mike Napoli’s two-run home run proved to be the difference in the game. Napoli finished the season with seven home runs, including two grand slams, against the Yankees.
 
Every member of the Sox starting lineup had at least one hit, except for Mike Carp and Stephen Drew. Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI, matching his career-high in hits for the fifth time. He is now hitting .306.
 
The Yankees added another run in the ninth off right-hander Allen Webster, who went one inning, giving up one run on a hit and a walk.
 
Ivan Nova took the loss for the Yankees, falling to 8-5, with a 3.36 ERA. He went four innings, plus four batters in the fifth, giving up five runs, four earned, on six hits and four walks with two strikeouts, a home run, a wild pitch, and a hit batter.

STAR OF THE GAME: Clay Buchholz
Buchholz went six innings, giving up just one run, no earned runs, on two hits and four walks with three strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a hit batter. He threw 91 pitches, 53 for strikes, improving to 11-0, lowering his ERA from 1.61 to 1.51.
 
In two starts since returning from the disabled list, Buchholz has given up just one unearned run over 11 innings, with five hits, four walks, and nine strikeouts.
 

HONORABLE MENTION: Daniel Nava
Nava went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored, and an RBI, matching his career-high in hits for the fifth time, including three times this season.
 
In 15 games against the Yankees this season, he hit .375, going 18-for-48, with seven runs scored, a home run, six doubles, 10 RBI, seven walks, and 10 strikeouts.
 
 
THE GOAT: Ivan Nova
Nova took the loss, allowing a season-high five runs on six hits, tying a season high with four walks, and a hit batter in four innings (plus four batters).
 
After his offense gave him a 1-run lead after the first, he gave up three runs in the bottom of the inning, more than enough for the Sox’ win.
 
In two starts against the Sox in September since being named the AL pitcher of the month, he has lasted just four innings in both games, taking losses in both.
 
THE TURNING POINT
The Sox came back from a one-run deficit in the first inning to score three runs in the bottom of the inning. That would be enough to ensure the win.
 
BY THE NUMBERS
The Sox win combined with the Rays’ loss Sunday afternoon to the Twins brings the Sox Magic Number to clinch the division down to 4.
 
QUOTE OF NOTE
"No. Not at all. He started out one of the best pitchers in baseball and unfortunately his season was interrupted with the three months down time. But the beauty of this team is that it's a collective group -- it's not about individual accolades or awards or acknowledgments, it's about what we hope to continue to work towards and achieve." – John Farrell, if he thought Buchholz would be a Cy Young Award contender without the injury