BOSTON (NEWS CENTER) - The Boston Red Sox celebrated the career of Hall of Fame bound closer Mariano Rivera with a pre-game ceremony and several mementos. They then sent his Yankees off with a three-game sweep by a 9-2 final.
Starter Clay Buchholz pitched for the second time since returning from shoulder troubles that sidelined him for three months. The All-Star only allowed two hits, one unearned, walked four, and struck out three batters in six innning of work. Buchholz improved his unblemished record to 11-0.
Mike Napoli's first-inning home run was his seventh against the Yankees this season, the most by any Red Sox player since Hall of Famer Jimmie Foxx hit eight in 1936. Napoli also set another mark later in the game, setting a franchise record for most strikeouts in a season (178).
The Red Sox won 13 out of 19 games against New York marking their most wins against their rivals since 1973.
Boston's magic number to clinch the division stands at four.