How the Red Sox Beat the Yankees in the A.L. Wild-Card Game

Bucky Dent was in the stadium, the calendar said October, and each team needed to win to keep its season alive. It had been 43 years since Dent’s famous home run helped the Yankees win the last elimination game between these storied rivals at Fenway Park, and nearly a half-century later, Boston finally got a small measure of revenge for that particular game.

This time Xander Bogaerts and Kyle Schwarber hit home runs off Gerrit Cole, as the Red Sox beat the Yankees, 6-2, in the American League wild-card game. Boston advances to an A.L. division series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the best team in the A.L. during the regular season.

Cole, the Yankees’ nominal ace who had an uneven season, did not make it out of the third inning and will probably hear plenty about it into next year. He signed a nine-year, $324 million contract before the 2020 season, in part because he was expected to win this kind of game. But he gave up a two-run home run to Bogaerts in the first inning and a sky-scraping solo shot to Schwarber in the third.

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