NEW YORK – The Boston Red Sox won their third consecutive AL East championship Thursday night, clinching on enemy turf with an 11-6 victory over the rival New York Yankees.
Never before had Boston finished in first place three years in a row. Mookie Betts homered, doubled twice and drove in five runs to help make it happen.
With the best record in baseball and a playoff berth already secured, Boston (104-49) closed out a once-tight division race with nine games to spare.
It took three tries, but the Red Sox finally earned their chance to celebrate at Yankee Stadium under their rookie manager, Alex Cora.
The club needs one victory to match the franchise record of 105 held by the 1912 World Series champions.
"To be able to do it here — obviously we know the history," Cora said. "It feels great."
The Yankees hit two home runs, giving them a team-record 247 for the season. Twelve Yankees players have 10 or more homers, a MLB record.