Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
NY Yankees3 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 8150
Boston0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 370
  W: G. Cole (16-8)   L: N. Eovaldi (10-9)
4:10 PM PT5:10 PM MT6:10 PM CT7:10 PM ET19:10 ET23:10 GMT7:10 4:10 PM MST6:10 PM EST6:40 PM VEN3:10 UAE (+1)5:10 PM CT, September 24, 2021
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 36,026

Yankees, Red Sox open pivotal three-game series in Boston

According to STATS
According to STATS

New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox

  1. The Red Sox are 10-6 versus the Yankees this season, after going 6-23 against them over the previous two seasons combined (5-14 in 2019, 1-9 in 2020). The Red Sox have won six of their seven games against the Yankees at Fenway Park this year.
  2. The Yankees' last win against a team that had a winning record at the time was on August 27 at Oakland. (Gerrit Cole got the victory for New York in that game with six scoreless innings.) The Yankees' 10 wins since then have been against the Orioles (3), Rangers (3), Angels (1), Indians (1), Twins (1) and Mets (1).
  3. Gerrit Cole has picked up a decision in each of his last 11 starts. He's 7-4 with a 3.22 ERA over that span, with 15 of his 25 runs allowed coming in two games (July 29 vs. Rays, Sept. 19 vs. Indians). Only one AL pitcher has had a longer streak of consecutive starts with a decision this year than Cole: the Royals' Mike Minor (14 from May 31-Aug. 13).
  4. The Red Sox' current seven-game winning streak is their third longest win streak this season. Boston won nine straight games from April 5-14, and eight in a row from June 25-July 2. The only other MLB teams with at least three winning streaks of seven games or longer this season are the Dodgers (four: 9, 9, 8, 8) and Athletics (three: 13, 7, 7).
  5. The Red Sox have won Nathan Eovaldi's last six starts, but Eovaldi was not the winning pitcher in any of those games. (Eovaldi has a 2.27 ERA and 48 SO in 35.2 IP over that span.) The longest previous streak of consecutive no-decision starts by a Red Sox pitcher with Boston winning each game was four (Earl Wilson in 1964, Steve Crawford in 1981, Eduardo Rodriguez in 2021).
  6. Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs in the Red Sox' 12-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday. Schwarber has six multi-homer games this season (five for Washington, one for Boston). He's tied with Joey Gallo and Salvador Perez for the most games with two or more home runs in the major leagues this year.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/24/2021 thru 9/26/2021
(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Two games are all that separate the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees in the American League wild-card standings as the clubs square off in Boston for a pivotal three-game series beginning Friday.

The Red Sox (88-65) have seized control of the top wild card spot behind a seven-game winning streak. Boston has scored at least six runs in each contest and 59 total during the stretch.

The Yankees (86-67) enter a day off Thursday in sole possession of the second wild card, though the Toronto Blue Jays could close a half-game gap with a win over the Minnesota Twins in the evening. New York rebounded from a 1-3 dip with a three-game sweep of the Texas Rangers at home.

The top two wild-card clubs face off in a one-game playoff, with the No. 1 team hosting. The winner advances to the AL Division Series, while the loser goes home.

Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole (15-8, 3.03 ERA) will take the mound after one of his worst performances of the season in his last outing. Righty Nathan Eovaldi (10-8, 3.58) gets the nod for the Red Sox.

Last time the clubs met, New York swept a three-game series over the course of two days. The Yankees have won six of the last nine meetings in the season series after an 0-7 start.

Winning at least two games this weekend would be key for the Yankees, as they next travel to face the Blue Jays in a three-game series before ending their season at home with three games against the first-place Tampa Bay Rays.

"It's always a challenge when you play three really good teams in Toronto, Boston and Tampa," said catcher Kyle Higashioka after driving in a pair of runs in a 7-3 victory over the Rangers on Wednesday. "We're up for it. If we're not up for it, we're going to be heading home, so we know what's at stake."

After the weekend, the Red Sox hit the road to finish their regular season with three-game visits to two losing clubs, the Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals.

"We want to be able to keep winning and get to the postseason and keep winning in the postseason," said trade deadline pickup Kyle Schwarber, who homered twice and had four RBIs in a 12-5 rout of the New York Mets on Wednesday. "Postseason baseball, it's addicting. It's a different kind of baseball. It's something you want to get to every single year."

Cole lamented his effort against the Cleveland Indians in his last start, when he allowed seven runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings in an eventual 11-1 loss. The ace has been spotty this month, with a 4.64 ERA in four starts.

Cole is 1-2 in three starts against the Red Sox this season. Lifetime, he's 4-3 with a 3.74 ERA in nine starts.

Eovaldi held the Orioles to three runs over five innings for his sixth straight no-decision last time out. The veteran is 12 strikeouts shy of his first 200-K campaign.

Eovaldi is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA in five starts versus the Yankees this year and 3-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 14 games (11 starts) for his career.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 24, 2021