With defending World Series champion Boston heading to the AL division series at the Los Angeles Angels starting Wednesday night and New York missing the postseason, the doubleheader lacked the usual intensity of Yankees-Red Sox matchups.
In the second game, Van Every singled off Jose Veras (5-3).
"Van Every gets a hit that will mean nothing in the standings," Boston manager Terry Francona said, "but it's more fun to go home with a win."
Devern Hansack (1-0) pitched the 10th for the victory as Boston prevented the Yankees (89-73) from achieving a seventh consecutive 90-win season. New York finished five games back of the wild-card Red Sox and missed the postseason for the first time since 1993.
"It was a tough season for us," Girardi said. "Yes, I am sad. I want to be playing on Wednesday or Thursday. We're not going to, unfortunately, and it's a motivating factor for next year."
- The Red Sox went over the 3 million mark in home attendance for the first time and finished at 3,048,248.
- Ellsbury extended his hitting streak to 18 games.
- Abreu has reached base in 27 straight games at Fenway Park.
- Pedroia had 213 hits, tying Jim Rice for the fourth-highest season total in team history.