New York Yankees Game Recap: Yankees Fenway Winning Streak Snapped In Refsnyder Debuts
The New York Yankees were defeated by the Boston Red Sox 5-3 Saturday night. Rob Refsnyder was solid in the field in his major league debut.
For the second straight game, Alex Rodriguez stung Boston with a first inning home run, this one coming off Red Sox starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez.. It moved ARod to 18 home runs and 50 RBI before the All Star Game.
The Yankees threatened again in the second inning. Chris Young bounced a single high off of the Green Monster in left field. But a strike him out-throw him out double play ended the threat as Chase Headley went down on strikes and Young was out attempting to steal second base. [related category]
David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez smacked back to back hits in the bottom of the second against Ivan Nova. But a pop out by Pablo Sandoval and a double play kept Boston scoreless. Refsnyder made a smooth pivot at second base and showed off his rifle arm.
But Boston was able to tie the score in the third. Alejandro De Aza reached with a single. When De Aza attempted to steal second, John Ryan Murphy´s throw sailed into center field allowing him to continue to third. Ryan Hanigan pounded a high infield chopper to bring De Aza in to score.
In the fourth, Boston jumped on top for the first time. Ortiz hit a hard single to right. Hanley Ramirez turned a hanging curve ball into a two run home run to make it 3-1. It was the 19th home run of the year for Ramirez.
Jacoby Ellsbury came to the plate in the sixth to his customary unpleasant greeting from Boston fans. But the crowd became silent when he blasted his second home run of the season to cut the Yankees deficit in half. With Ellsbury and Gardner back at the top of the lineup, the Yankees should be primed for an even better second half of the season.
The Red Sox added two runs in the seventh. The biggest damage came from a Mookie Betts triple and an Xander Bogaerts infield single. Chris Young misjudged the fly ball by Betts. He over ran the ball as he raced toward center field. He reached back, but he was unable to make the catch as the ball sliced back towards right.
Ellsbury scored in the eighth on a double by Gardner, bringing the Yankees back to within 5-3. Rodriguez came up representing the tying run. But he grounded out to end the inning.
Young doubled with one out to get it going for the Yankees in the ninth. After a Headley strike out, Brian McCann flied out to center field to end the Yankees five game winning streak at Fenway Park.
Nova allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings. Although Refsnyder was hitless in his debut, he made several strong plays at second base. The Yankees remain in first place in the American League East, while the Red Sox remain in the cellar.
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