Boston Red Sox rookies shine versus rival Yankees

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The Red Sox have just about nothing to play for in a September series at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees seemingly have less and less on the line each day too.

But that does not mean that either side will lie down when the two biggest rivals in American sports get together.

Promising rookies

And while a Boston win moved the Red Sox to 10 games within New York in the AL East standings with a 9-4 win, it was some of the promise from a pair of young rookies that excited Boston fans. 

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts and center fielder Mookie Betts each homered in the win. It was the first time that a pair of Red Sox rookies have homered on the road against New York in over 60 years. The last young duo to do it? That would be Dick Gernet and Faye Throneberry on August 9 of 1952. 

The homers came in consecutive innings. Bogaerts hit his ninth long ball in the third, while Betts launched his fourth just the inning after. Both of the home runs were of the solo variety. 

Red Sox offense

But Boston got plenty of offense early and often. The Sox jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two and a half innings, punctuated by Bogaerts' home run to right center. Yoenis Cespedes brought in the first run with an RBI double in the first and Daniel Nava provided the biggest blow with a three-run homer in the top half of the second. Nava's third of the year made it 5-0 before some Yankee fans even arrived at the ball park. 

The Yankees chipped away at the big deficit against Joe Kelly, but the Boston starter pitched very effectively with a big lead - getting outs in volume, while limiting the New York rallies.

Quality start

He completed his fourth quality start with Boston, which actually increased his ERA just slightly. Kelly's mark bumped up to 3.89, from 3.86, after allowing three runs in 6.2 innings of work. He gave up just five hits, but did walk four batters. And it was his first win in a Red Sox uniform. Boston scored just 11 runs in Kelly's five previous starts and many of those runs came late - especially in the wins. The win makes Kelly 1-1 in Boston. 

Unusually enough, Boston's 12 hits as a team came from only four players. Bogaerts knocked out four of them, while Cespedes and Betts each recorded three. Daniel Nava came up with a pair - including that three-run homer. 

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