Devers hits two more homers against the Yankees, the Red Sox win 3-0 and New York suffers its 15th loss in 20 games

Devers hits two more homers against the Yankees, the Red Sox win 3-0 and New York suffers its 15th loss in 20 games

NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Devers homered off rookie Luis Gil in the seventh inning and connected again in the ninth, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Yankees on Sunday, handing New York its 15th loss in 20 games.

Devers put Boston ahead on a 98.8 mph fastball from Gil (9-5), who lifted the ball toward the opposite field and into the first row of seats in left field. He carried his bat all the way down the first-base line before dropping it and completing a slow home run jog.

“He struck him out on a slider early in the game, took the first pitch fastball, passed up a changeup and then was able to get to that pitch,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “To get that result in this ballpark is pretty impressive.”

Devers said his jog was not related to Alex Verdugo’s 32-second home run jog on Saturday.

“No, I wasn’t even thinking about that,” Devers said through a translator. “It was more of a moment of putting my team ahead in the seventh inning with the pitcher they had on the mound in the seventh inning, who did a great job. So for me, it was a great moment for the team. That’s why I celebrated it.”

Selected to his third All-Star Game on Sunday morning, Devers added his 21st homer of the season in the ninth off Michael Tonkin, a drive into the Yankees bullpen in right-center.

“He’s a player who’s been incredibly successful,” New York manager Aaron Boone said. “He’s a great player and we’d like to do a better job against him.”

Devers has 16 homers at Yankee Stadium and 28 against New York. He is batting .463 (19-for-41) with seven homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games in the Bronx.

“We know what kind of stadium this is,” Devers said. “It’s one of the best in the league. Everything feels better than any other stadium.”

Rookie Ceddanne Rafaela homered in the eighth off Luke Weaver.

Boston has won six of seven and 16 of 22, improving to 14-1 on Sundays.

New York fell to 13-16 against its AL East rival. The Yankees have lost two of three to the Red Sox and are 0-6-1 in their last seven series, dating back to when they dropped two of three at Fenway Park from June 14-16.

“It’s tough,” New York right fielder Juan Soto said. “Everyone knows what we’re going through, but I think the energy is still high.”

The Yankees were shut out for the sixth time this season, but the first since April 29. Boston has nine shutouts, two behind the major league-leading Atlanta.

In a game that lasted just 2 hours, 23 minutes, Kutter Crawford (5-7) allowed four hits in seven innings, his third scoreless start this season. His 40 pitches in five innings were the fewest by a major league starter since Ivan Nova’s 38 for Pittsburgh against Arizona on May 30, 2017.

“I think it’s probably my best performance,” Crawford said. “A year or two ago, I was probably throwing 30 or 40 pitches an inning, but it feels good to throw a lot of strikes and get a lot of early outs like that.”

Crawford threw 17 of 23 batters for strikes on his first pitch and threw 54 of 68 pitches for strikes overall.

Gil lost his fourth straight start after starting the season 9-1. In his previous three starts, he had a 14.90 ERA.

Gil allowed only Devers’ homer among four hits in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out nine and walked none for the first time in his storied career. He threw a season-high 34 sliders on 96 pitches and allowed one run or fewer for the 11th time.

Boston was 1 for 10 with five strikeouts against Gil’s slider and 3 for 12 against the right-hander’s fastball.

Devers made an empty-handed save at third on DJ LeMahieu’s groundout to end a scoreless eighth inning for Justin Slaten. Kenley Jansen struck out Aaron Judge on a 94 mph cutter for his 18th save in 19 chances, the 438th of his major league career, passing Francisco Rodriguez for sole possession of the fifth.


Red Sox: 1B Triston Casas (left rib strain) took 25 swings Saturday and is at 75%, according to Cora

Yankees: 2B Gleyber Torres (groin) was out of the lineup for the second straight game and is expected to return Tuesday at Tampa Bay.


Red Sox: Right-hander Bryan Bello (8-5, 5.19 ERA) faces Oakland right-hander Joey Estes (3-3, 4.39) in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday at Fenway Park.

Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodón (9-6, 4.45) faces RHP Ryan Pepiot (4-5, 4.40) in the first game of a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday.