Luke Voit went 4-for-4 with homers in consecutive at-bats off David Price, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 10-1 Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium, preventing their rivals from clinching the American League East title.
Voit hit a solo homer down the right field line to start the fourth inning and give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. In his next at-bat, the burly first baseman hit a two-run homer into the first row of the right field seats for a 6-1 edge.
After replay confirmed that a fan did not reach over, Voit’s second homer knocked out Price (15-7).
It was Voit’s second career multi-homer game. In 29 games as a Yankee, he has nine homers and 20 RBIs. Voit’s second homer also was New York’s 245th, tying the Yankees’ single-season record set in 2012.
Voit also singled twice and set a career high with his four hits.
Rookie Miguel Andujar hit his 25th homer in the second off Price. Aaron Hicks hit a two-run triple in the sixth off Joe Kelly and added an RBI single in the eighth against William Cuevas.
Aaron Judge went 1-for-4 in his second game back in the lineup from a broken right wrist. Judge reached on a two-run error by third baseman Eduardo Nunez in the second inning, and he scored on the Hicks triple after singling off Kelly.
New York’s Luis Severino (18-8) won for the first time in four starts by pitching one-run ball for seven innings. The right-hander allowed an RBI single in the fifth to Sandy Leon among six hits. He struck out six and walked one.
The Red Sox maintain a magic number of two to clinch their third straight division title and 10th overall.
Price dropped to 0-6 at Yankee Stadium since joining the Red Sox. He was tagged for six runs (four earned) on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Price walked four and fanned two. He was unable to win his seventh straight decision and absorbed his first loss since lasting 3 1/3 innings in the Bronx on July 1.
Mookie Betts returned to Boston’s lineup after sitting out Tuesday to rest his left side. He started at designated hitter and went 0-for-4 with a walk.
Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman was activated from the disabled list ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Chapman (2.11 ERA with 31 saves in 33 chances) hasn’t pitched since Aug. 21 because of tendinitis in his left knee.
Dellin Betances, who has frequently filled the closer role in Chapman’s absence, is expected to go back to an eighth-inning setup role.
Chapman threw a simulated game on Monday and reported that he felt good on Tuesday.
Chapman owns 235 saves in his nine-year career, recording 146 for his first team, the Cincinnati Reds, 73 for the Yankees and 16 for the Chicago Cubs, with whom he pitched for half a season after being deal before the trade deadline in 2016. He helped guide the Cubs to a World Series championship before re-signing with the Yankees on a five-year, $86 million free agent deal.