Wacha’s sparkling return leads Red Sox to series win

BOSTON — There was no easing back from the injured list for Michael Wacha , who was sorely missed by the Red Sox in the six weeks he couldn’t post.

Nor was there any easing out of a slump by Rafael Devers , who came to work early to fix a hitch in his swing and the fruit of his labor was a mammoth 433-foot, two-run homer that provided a signature moment in a 3-0 victory for the Red Sox on Sunday Night Baseball over the Yankees.

If Devers gave Boston some breathing room when he belted his 25th homer in the bottom of the sixth, Wacha was the clear tone-setter for the night in this rubber-game win.

Wacha turned in a marvelous performance that was evident by traditional metrics (seven scoreless innings, two hits, one walk, season high of nine strikeouts) and new-age ones (18 whiffs in 44 swings, average exit velocity of 79.6 mph).

“He was in command the whole night, ahead in the count, right through [89] pitches,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora. “Very efficient. His tempo is great. It makes the defense better. And we made some plays behind him.”

The tempo from Wacha helped turn Red Sox-Yankees, a rivalry that has been notorious for a lack of pace over the years, into a tidy, two-hour and 15-minute game. That tied the shortest time of game between the rivals in the 2000s, equaling Rick Porcello’s…

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