View comments Benintendi’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th capped Boston’s rally from three runs down in the ninth against New York closer Aroldis Chapman, and the Red Sox completed a four-game sweep with a 5-4 victory Sunday night.“Any 10 hopper that goes through for a hit feels pretty good,” the usually quiet Benintendi said, breaking into a grin. “Everybody knew how big the series was. We came in and did what we wanted to do. We kind of stole this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Boston opened a 9 1/2-game lead atop the division over the Yankees, who lost their season-high fifth straight.“It feels like another great win, obviously it was against our rivals,” Boston’s J.D. Martinez said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Mookie Betts hit his 26th homer for Boston (79-34), which has won eight of nine games and owns the majors’ best record.The Yankees hadn’t been swept in a four-game series by the Red Sox when they entered a series 30 or more games over .500 since Hall of Famer Ted Williams’ rookie season in 1939, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.“A tough way to obviously end a tough weekend, but we can’t let this define what’s been a great season,” manager Aaron Boone said.Sandy Leon looped a two-out single off Jonathan Holder (1-3) in the 10th and advanced on a wild pitch. Tony Renda pinch-ran before Benintendi’s single up the middle to the right of the second-base bag into center field.Matt Barnes (4-3) worked a perfect inning in the top of the 10th.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Boston Red Sox’s Jackie Bradley Jr., right, scores in front of New York Yankees’ Austin Romine after a throwing error by Miguel Andujar during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Boston, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Andrew Benintendi’s hit bounced a handful of times before finding its way into center field for the winning run and a big four-game sweep over the rival Yankees.The Red Sox now find themselves in firm control of the AL East.ADVERTISEMENT Yankees: RHP Lance Lynn (7-8, 4.89 ERA) is in line to make his first start for the Yankees on Monday against the White Sox. He was acquired from Minnesota on July 30.Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (1-5, 6.56) is slated to start the opener of a nine-game road trip Tuesday in Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ For the Yankees, it was a stunning reversal of the Boston Massacre in 1978 when the Yankees came to town and swept the Red Sox en route to erasing a large lead and capturing the AL East.“We lost these four games here, but what I can tell you is that we’re gonna keep battling. We’re gonna keep playing ball,” Chapman said through a translator. “There’s no looking back.”It snapped his streak of converting 22 straight opportunities since his last blown save on May 4.With New York leading 4-1 in the ninth, Chapman loaded the bases on walks before Martinez’s two-out, two-run single pulled Boston within one. Third baseman Miguel Andujar then bounced a throw to first on Xander Bogaerts’ grounder, with pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. racing home with the tying run.Red Sox starter David Price took a shutout into the seventh, giving up two runs and four hits with five strikeouts and three walks.Playing on a beautiful mid-summer night with a sellout crowd amped from the opening pitch, Price and Masahiro Tanaka were locked in a scoreless duel before Betts hit a hanging cutter completely out of Fenway Park over the Green Monster in the fifth.Price, tagged for 12 runs over 4 1/3 innings in his other two starts against the Yankees this season, left to a rousing ovation with two on and nobody out in the seventh.Heath Hembree walked Shane Robinson before Bogaerts booted what looked like a sure double-play grounder, allowing two runs. Stanton followed with an RBI single and Gleyber Torres had a sacrifice fly.Tanaka gave up one run and six hits, striking out nine and walking one in 4 2/3 innings.NOT FOR SALE Blind twins hope to represent PH in 2020 Tokyo paralympic games Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Red Sox ace Chris Sale, on the 10-day disabled list with mild left shoulder inflammation, will miss his second straight start.Manager Alex Cora had been saying the hope was for him to start Wednesday in Toronto. However, when the team listed its probable starters for the next series, it was RHP Rick Porcello.A-ROD SPEAKSWorking the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball telecast for his first time in Fenway, color analyst and former Yankee Alex Rodriguez discussed his fight with former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek in 2004 during the broadcast, saying the current Yankees need a spark.“The fans here, they took that as a pivotal moment on winning a championship,” he said. “And I’m not saying the Yankees need to start a fight by any means, but I’d love to see more fight, more action, more Paul O’Neill attitude and sometimes you want a guy in the room to stand up and not necessarily throw a chair, but get in somebody’s face and show some emotion, some passion.”Boston rallied from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS en route to winning its first World Series since 1918.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: OF Aaron Judge (fractured right wrist) played catch, but still hasn’t swung a bat. 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The defensive lapses Afflalo spoke of have recently been evident in the opposition’s shooting percentage. Before shutting down Washington State in the second half (holding the Cougars to 29 percent shooting), opponents had shot 50 percent or better in five consecutive halves against UCLA. However, during a season in which highly ranked teams are routinely defeated and no dominant team has emerged, dissecting UCLA’s faults may be nit-picking. “I think we’re playing our best basketball,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said. “We are better (than last season), and part of that is the experience of having last year. (Now it is), `We’re going to win on the road. We’re going to win close games. This is what we do.’ That’s their mindset.” UCLA has won five straight overall and eight consecutive conference games. Collison said playing seven of the last 12 games on the road is helping mold a closer team. “Everybody is real unselfish, our chemistry is improving every day, and that’s all it takes to win a national championship,” Collison said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In so many of No.2 UCLA’s 26 wins this season, Afflalo was the central figure, offensively and defensively. And as it has been since Afflalo announced he was returning for his junior season, he is the one who measures the heartbeat of the Bruins best. So it was striking when Afflalo said that there are shortcomings, on a team that is 26-3, 15-2 in the Pac-10, that still needed fixing. SEATTLE – A few minutes after UCLA guard Arron Afflalo’s latest well-rounded performance, he leaned against a hallway wall, about 30 feet from the Bruins’ locker room, let out a deep sigh and smiled. It was a rare moment of relaxation for Afflalo, UCLA’s unquestioned leader, as he absorbed the significance of a 53-45 defeat of 13th-ranked Washington State on Thursday as the Bruins clinched their second straight Pacific-10 Conference title and 29th overall. “You’re never going to be perfect, but you strive for it and there are some things we still need to work on,” Afflalo said. “We have a few lapses on the way we execute offensively, and then (with) our intensity defensively. There were times last year where we were just focused in and it seemed like every possession was hard for the other team. Every shot was contested, every pass, every move, was complicated for the other team. You could tell. “This year, we still have some little lapses. I think if we take care of those things, we’ll be fine when the time is right.” Today’s contest at Washington (17-12, 7-10) has no bearing on the conference race, but still has great meaning for the Bruins. UCLA likely will be the No. 1 seed in the West when the NCAA Tournament begins in less than two weeks, but a few more wins would help even more in securing it. By the time the NCAA Tournament rolls around, UCLA wants to iron out a few other issues. The Bruins still have too many possessions in which point guard Darren Collison, an Etiwanda graduate, is dribbling out of trouble as the shot clock winds down, and it usually ends in a hurried shot. Also, the post play of center Lorenzo Mata, power forward Luc Richard Mbah a Moute and Alfred Aboya, the player who backs up both of them, remains inconsistent. A left knee injury to Aboya is UCLA’s latest concern, and his availability for today’s contest against the Huskies will be a game-time decision.