For Red Sox, splitting

a series against Yankees

never felt so good

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The Yankees arrived at Fenway Park on Thursday with a 14-game lead on the Red Sox in the American League East and won the first two games of the series with little fuss, scoring 18 runs.

Alex Cora needed nine pitchers over two days including a one-inning stint by outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. It was like trying to hold back the rising tide.

It wasn’t the Boston Massacre of 1978, far from it. But Cora probably had a little sense of what it felt like for poor Don Zimmer.

A series split never felt so good as the Sox scored the final nine runs of the game to beat the Yankees, 11-6, on Sunday night before a boisterous crowd of 37,391, the largest for a regular-season game since 2018.

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Playing without All-Star third baseman Rafael Devers, who has a sore back, the Sox fell behind, 6-2, then roared back with nearly every player in the lineup contributing something.

At 47-39, the Sox have the third-best record in the American League. They’re 3-4 against the Yankees with a run differential of only four runs.

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