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Yankees rally to halt Red Sox in history-making European series

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Winner: Aroldis Chapman recorded three strikeouts
Winner: Aroldis Chapman recorded three strikeouts

By Ian Parker

The New York Yankees doubled up in London on Sunday afternoon as they rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 12-8 and complete a sweep of the first major league series to be played in Europe.

Boston led for most of the afternoon but they fell in the seventh inning as the Yankees punished errors to turn a two-run deficit into an advantage that withstood a late Red Sox rally.

It was not quite a repeat of Saturday's 30-run offensive marathon between these two teams but the Yankees will not care as they leave town with two victories over their old foes and an increased lead at the top of the American League East.

"The experience was great," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "I felt the guys were really excited to get here and they embraced the whole thing.

"It felt big, it felt important, and to get out of here with two wins from some crazy games with a lot of offense, we're really excited about that."

Boston, briefly resembling defending World Series champions, stormed into the lead with three home runs in the first inning but it proved a false dawn.

Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman recorded three strikeouts in the bottom of the ninth to ensure the first European series in Major League history was a Yankees sweep.

A frustrated Red Sox manager Alex Cora said: "When you have a 4-0 lead and you have the chance to add on and you don't add on... last year we were putting teams away and this year we're not doing that."

But while Cora admitted it was "not a good weekend on the field" for his team, he revelled in the overall experience.

"The atmosphere was amazing," he said. "I played in many different venues, international venues, some great venues.

"What we witnessed here was great, the atmosphere, the passion.

"I know the Cubs and Cardinals are coming and hopefully other teams can experience this venue too."

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