In his final trip to Fenway Park, Mariano Rivera never got to step foot on the mound.
Running away with a 9-2 victory, the Red Sox swept their final series of the season with the Yankees, who came into the weekend set hoping to gain ground in the wild card race but left further behind than they started.
The win was a microcosm of the season series between the two teams, which the Sox won 13-6. No team had taken 13 wins from the Yankees in a single season since the Orioles in 1976.
In his second start since coming off the disabled list, Clay Buchholz delivered six strong innings, giving up just one run on two hits with three strikeouts.
He got a lift from a Red Sox offense that was effective at the plate with 11 hits, executing a double steal in the fourth, and going 5 for 14 with runners in scoring position.
Mike Napoli hit his 22d home run of the season, a two-run blast in the first inning, but also struck out twice, setting the Red Sox’ franchise record for a single season with 178. He was ejected after arguing with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa following the second punchout.