BOSTON, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Mike Napoli
clubbed a two-run homer and Clay Buchholz
went six innings Sunday to help the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 9-2 for a series sweep.
Napoli's blast in the first inning put Boston ahead 3-1 and American League East-leading Red Sox went on to collect 11 hits, dealing the Yankees' hopes for an AL wild-card berth a hard blow with a three-game series sweep.
Daniel Nava went 4-for-5 with an RBI while Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz each drove in a pair of runs for the Red Sox, who reduced their magic number for clinching the AL East crown to four.
Buchholz (11-0) remained unbeaten on the season in his second start after missing more than three months with a strained neck. He limited New York to one unearned run on two hits, walking four and striking out three.
Ivan Nova (8-5) was battered for five runs (four earned) on six hits over four innings for the Yankees, who fell three games off the wild-card pace with Cleveland and Baltimore ahead of them.
Alex Rodriguez and Ichiro Suzuki each drove in a run for New York.
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