Yankees Tie Franchise Record With 12th Straight Win Over Red Sox

Max Goodman

BOSTON — Under the lights at Fenway Park on Saturday, the Yankees shut down the Red Sox, cruising to an 8-0 victory.

It wasn't just New York's 10th win in a row. The Bombers have now won 12-consecutive games against the club's arch nemesis and division rival. That ties a franchise record, a feat that's only been accomplished twice before in Yankees history.

New York hasn't lost to the Red Sox since Sept. 6, 2019. Last time the Yankees won a dozen games in a row against Boston was from August of 1952 to April of 1953. A stretch from 1927 to 1936 is the only other instance where the Yankees have dominated the rivalry to this extent.

"It’s always fun beating those guys," Yankees' manager Aaron Boone said after the shutout. "We obviously respect who they are and all the great games we’ve played against them. Enjoy it while it lasts."

Taking the streak one step further, the Bombers have now won 17 of their last 18 against the Red Sox since July 28, 2019. Pure one-sided domination.

Ask Boone how his squad has been able to have the upper hand so frequently of late and the skipper modestly accredited the run to luck and "aberration."

"It’s a collection of a few series where obviously they haven’t quite been the same team this year with some of the guys they’ve lost and some of the guys in their pitching staff that they’ve lost due to injury and I think this year I know we’ve played them at some times when we’ve been playing well," Boone explained.

He cited Friday night's 12-inning marathon win and a late-inning comeback against the Sox at Yankee Stadium earlier this summer as two examples of "stolen" wins as well.

"That rivalry can kick up at any time," Boone added. "This is such a shortened season that the little winning streak we have against them. I don’t think it necessarily takes anything away from the rivalry moving forward."

Speaking of having a team's number, Yankees' left-hander J.A. Happ continues to pitch well against the Red Sox. The southpaw delivered arguably the best single outing by a Yankees starting pitcher this season, shoving eight scoreless innings, striking out nine and permitted four scattered base hits.

Happ is now 13-4 against Boston in his career. In eight starts against the Red Sox with the Yankees, the 14-year veteran has a spotless 6-0 record with a sparkling 2.39 ERA.

On offense, New York was driven by a three-hit performance from left fielder Clint Frazier. 

Taking full advantage of an opportunity to start in the outfield, even after sluggers Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have returned from injury, Frazier went 3-for-4 with a two-run home run to the opposite field and an RBI single. 

New York will look to set a new franchise record of 13 wins in a row on Sunday afternoon with rookie right-hander Deivi García on the mound.

"We are aware of that number actually," Happ said. "We’re excited to get out there tomorrow and try to take the nod there."

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