Wacha shuts down Yankees, Devers homers in Boston's 3-0 win

Boston Red Sox pitcher Michael Wacha wipes his face as he walks off the mound against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning at Fenway Park, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Paul Connors)

BOSTON (AP) — Michael Wacha allowed two hits in seven innings in his return from a shoulder injury, and Rafael Devers homered on Sunday night to lead the last-place Boston Red Sox past the division-leading New York Yankees 3-0.

Tommy Pham had three hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three from New York — their first win in a real series against an AL East opponent this season in 13 tries.

New York has lost nine of its last 11 games but still has a double-digit lead in the division; the Red Sox are seventh in the race for the AL’s three wild-card spots. The rivals with a history of lengthy games played this one in just 2 hours, 15 minutes.

Activated from the injured list earlier in the day after missing five weeks with right shoulder inflammation, Wacha (7-1) took a perfect game into the fifth inning. He walked one and struck out nine — including major league home run leader Aaron Judge twice.

Ryan Brasier pitched a perfect eighth and Garrett Whitlock pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his fourth save, striking out Judge to end a nine-pitch at-bat and then getting Josh Donaldson on a slow roller to short to end it.

Jameson Taillon (11-3) allowed three runs on six hits, striking out four to pick up his first loss since July 5.

Judge was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, snapping a string of 14 straight games of reaching base. He had walked at least twice in each of the previous four games.

Boston’s only official AL East “series” win was a one-game victory over the Orioles on Thursday. In multigame series against the division, the Red Sox are 1-11-1.


Yankees: OF/DH Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles tendon) will take batting practice on Monday at Yankee Stadium. If all goes well, he will begin a minor league rehab assignment.

Red Sox: Kiké Hernández (hip) and Rob Refsnyder (knee) are expected to be activated for the start of the series in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.


Yankees: Gerrit Cole (9-4) will start against Tampa Bay.

Red Sox: After an off day on Monday, the Red Sox open a three-game series against the Pirates. Nick Pivetta is expected to start the opener.