Benintendi breaks Red Sox rookie record for RBIs against Yankees

Boston Red Sox's Andrew Benintendi follows through on a single against the Baltimore Orioles in the ninth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, June 4, 2017, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)
AP Photo/Gail Burton

The Boston Red Sox are putting up runs aplenty at Yankee stadium for the weekend series in The Bronx, and left fielder Andrew Benintendi is a big reason why.

After hitting his second three-run homer of the day in the top of the fifth, he became the youngest member of the Red Sox with six RBIs in a game vs the Yankees since the stat became official in 1920.

Benintendi, in his first at-bat, lined out for the final out of the first in a 1-2-3 inning by Yankees starter Luis Severino. After Mookie Betts kept the third alive with a two-out single, Benintendi drove in Betts and Eduardo Nunez with his first jack, part of a five-run inning.

Severino kicked off the fifth by allowing a single to Nunez and a double to Betts, then watched another Benintendi blast clear the wall to blow the game wide open.

Those were home runs No. 15 and 16 for the young outfielder, who hit No. 14 a day prior when he crushed a two-out solo homer off of Jaime Garcia.

Piloting the Red Sox to a pair of five-run outbursts on Saturday, Benintendi raised his average to .281 and added six RBIs to make it 65 on the season with some game left to play in The Bronx. At the conclusion of the fifth, the Red Sox were walloping the Yankees, 10-3.

The 23-year-old is doing a bit of everything for the first-place Sox, swiping 14 bags and accounting for a 1.7 WAR entering the second of a three-game set against the arch rival Yankees.

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