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Rivalry renewed: Red Sox stop slide in Bronx, beat Yanks 5-2

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Boston Red Sox's Alex Verdugo, left, Danny Santana, center, and Hunter Renfroe celebrate after a baseball game against the New York Yankees, Friday, June 4, 2021, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

NEW YORK – With the Yankees on the way to yet another loss, this time to the rival Red Sox, even the public-address system gave up early.

The strains of Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” sounded throughout Yankee Stadium when Gary Sánchez tipped a 1-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth inning on Friday night. Ol’ Blue Eyes was only slightly premature.

Sánchez fouled two more pitches, then swung over Matt Barnes' knuckle-curve in the dirt, the Yankees' 15th strikeout in a 5-2 victory by Boston that stopped an 11-game losing streak in the Bronx.

On the night the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry renewed for the first of 19 meetings this year, Rafael Devers hit a three-run homer into the right field second deck in the first inning on an 0-2 fastball from Michael King (0-3), giving Devers 15 homers and 46 RBIs this season.

“We haven't had that much success since 2019 against this club here,” Devers said though a translator, “so it's extremely important to be able to get these wins.”

Marwin González added a two-run double in the sixth off Lucas Luetge. Both big hits were with two outs.

Former Yankee Nathan Eovaldi (7-2) won his third straight start, taking a shutout in the sixth before tiring, and allowing two runs — one earned — and eight hits in six innings. Boston won at Yankee Stadium for the first time since June 2, 2019.

“With our struggles that we had last year, it's kind of not a surprise to me now,” Eovaldi said. “But it's a new year. We come in, we've got a chip on our shoulders.”