BOSTON — In the sixth inning, as things began to unravel, Red Sox fans began one of their favorite chants: “Yankees suck! Yankees suck!”
On Tuesday night, they were not wrong.
The Bombers looked awful in seemingly every facet of the game — as they were embarrassed by the Sox, losing 14-1, at Fenway Park.
Luis Severino gave up four runs in the first two innings — five overall. Tommy Kahnle and Chasen Shreve combined to give up nine runs — in the sixth inning alone. Miguel Andujar committed an error at third.
On the other hand, Chris Sale was dominant, allowing one run on eight hits and striking out eight in six innings. Mookie Betts went 4-for-4 with a grand slam and five runs scored.
Facing Sale for the first time, MLB strikeout leader Giancarlo Stanton added a pair of Ks to his total (22). Stanton did drill a 115.5 mph single to right in his third at-bat.
Brian Cashman and Aaron Boone haven’t been in panic mode just yet, with plenty of baseball left. But this will certainly cause Yankee Nation to panic, that’s for sure.
For what it’s worth, the Sox (9-1) now lead the Yankees (5-6) by 4.5 games in the AL East.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge, who came in 0-for-12 with 10 strikeouts (two walks) versus Sale, went 3-for-3 off the Sox ace — including launching a 444-foot solo homer to dead center with two outs in the fifth.
Andrew Benintendi, who has owned Luis Severino early in his career (8-for-16), drilled a two-run triple into the right-field corner with one out in the second inning that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 lead over the Yankees. Hanley Ramirez then blooped an RBI single to give the Sox a four-run cushion.
STAR OF THE GAME
Mookie Betts, who looked like the best player on the field Tuesday night, wreaking havoc out of the leadoff spot.
STAT OF THE DAY
Luis Severino had posted a 0.78 ERA in his last seven road starts dating back to the All-Star break.
Andrew Benintendi, Hanley Ramirez and J.D. Martinez combined for seven RBIs behind Mookie Betts.
Returning to the lineup, Gary Sanchez went 0-for-4. He came in 2-for-32. Tommy Kahnle’s ERA sits at 7.11
Wednesday at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 2.92 ERA) vs. David Price (1-0, 0.00)