The Red Sox' Biggest Blowout Wins Over the Yankees
By Tristan Jung
The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees have the fiercest and most storied rivalry in baseball. Although the rivalry is known for its close contests and operatic length, there have been some huge blowouts over the long history of the matchup.
In a list that will conjure pleasant memories for Red Sox fans and painful dismay for Yankees supporters, here are the four biggest Red Sox wins over the Yankees in MLB history, all of which happen to have come well within living memory.
4. September 1, 1990: Yankees 1, Red Sox 15
Before the Yankees embarked on their late-90s dynasty, they spent the late 1980s and early 1990s as a mediocre team. In September 1990, the Yankees were an abysmal 56-76 while the Red Sox were riding high at 75-57. That day, Yankees starting pitcher Andy Hawkins gave up 5 earned runs off 2 homers and was pulled after only recording one out. From then on, it was a laugher, with the Red Sox piling on another seven runs in the fifth. Ellis Burks hit two homers that day and Mike Greenwell chipped in with 5 RBI.
3. July 15, 2005: Yankees 1, Red Sox 17
With the Red Sox fresh off breaking the Curse of the Bambino and coming back from a 3-0 deficit to the Yankees in the ALCS, 2005 saw two huge Red Sox blowouts. The July edition saw the Red Sox tag six runs off Tim Redding in the first inning and another six off Darrell May. David Ortiz hit a sixth-inning grand slam that made it 17-1. He and Trot Nixon led the Red Sox with 5 RBI each. David Wells threw seven strong innings to make the scoreline a total disaster for New York.
2. May 28, 2005: Red Sox 17, Yankees 1
The 2005 season amazingly saw the Red Sox score two separate 17-1 victories over the Yanks. The instance in May was the worst Yankees home loss to the Red Sox ever. The Red Sox started slower, only taking a 5-0 lead into the fifth, but they put up seven runs in the fifth inning thanks to an Edgar Renteria grand slam and a Trot Nixon two-run shot. Every Yankees pitcher (Carl Pavano, Mike Stanton, Paul Quantrill, and Buddy Groom) gave up 3 earned runs or more. Meanwhile, Matt Clement stifled the Yankees' bats with six shutout innings and the easiest win of his career.
1. July 25, 2019: Yankees 3, Red Sox 19
Although the Red Sox had a mostly forgettable title defense in 2019, this game will stand out as the season's best highlight. The Red Sox scored 7 runs off Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning and never looked back from there. They ended up scoring 12 runs before Tanaka was pulled from the game, causing his ERA to balloon from 4.00 to 4.79. The Red Sox just kept piling on runs as the game went on, eventually ensuring that nine of their players had at least 1 RBI on the night. The Yankees were eventually forced to bring catcher Austin Romine in to close out the game on the mound, and he also gave up 3 runs.
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