New York Yankees Recap: Yankees Fall 10-4 To Red Sox, WC Lead Down To 3
The New York Yankees hosted the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night with Michael Pineda on the hill facing off against Rick Porcello.
The Red Sox struck first as Mookie Betts led off with a double followed by a Dustin Pedroia single giving the Red Sox runners at the corners with nobody out. Xander Bogaerts picked up an RBI on a force out, and David Ortiz followed with a double moving Bogaerts to third.
Travis Shaw was next to come to the plate, with two runners in scoring position, and hit a slow tapper back to Pineda, who threw home but Bogaerts was able to score, a call that was confirmed after a Joe Girardi challenge. Brock Holt followed with an RBI double, pushing the lead to 3-0. With runners on second and third, Blake Swihart followed with a three-run home run, giving the Red Sox a 6-0 lead that seemed insurmountable with the Yankees offense struggling. Pineda was able to rebound and retire Deven Marrero and Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the inning.
In the bottom half of the inning, Jacoby Ellsbury led off with a double and Brett Gardner followed with a single, giving the Yankees runners on the corner. After Porcello struck out Alex Rodriguez on a questionable strike three call, Gardner swiped second base, and Brian McCann followed with a ground out to score Ellsbury.
Carlos Beltran was next to bat and he plated Gardner with an RBI double, cutting the Red Sox lead to 6-2. Dustin Ackley helped further cut into the lead with a two-run home run, bringing the Yankees within two runs. Porcello rebounded with a strikeout of Chase Headley ending the inning.
After the first both pitchers settled down until the Yankees threated in the bottom of the fourth, as Headley reached on an infield single, and Didi Gregorius was hit by a pitch, putting two on with two outs for Ellsbury, who nearly gave the Yankees a lead, but the ball was caught by Holt on the warning track.
In the top of the fifth, the Red Sox got an insurance run courtesy of a home run by Betts, pushing their lead to 7-4. Pineda was replaced by Bryan Mitchell in the top of the seventh, and finished with seven runs, all earned, on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks across six innings. Pineda retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced, but was hurt badly by his poor first inning.
Mitchell quickly got into trouble after retiring Marrero to lead off the seventh. Bradley Jr. singled and reached second on an error by Ackley, who couldn’t handle a throw from Headley, putting Betts at first. After a walk to Pedroia, Mitchell rebounded getting Bogaerts to hit into a 4-6-3 inning-ending double play.
Mitchell wasn’t as lucky in the top of the eighth after issuing a two-out walk to Holt. Swihart connected for his second home run of the game, a two-run shot, pushing the Red Sox lead to 9-4.
Chris Martin came in for the bottom of the ninth, and allowed a leadoff double to Bradley Jr and followed by walking Betts. After a Pedroia fly out, and an infield single by Bogaerts, the bases were loaded with just one out. Martin was able to get Josh Rutledge, who pinch-hit for Ortiz in the top of the eighth, to ground into a fielders choice, and retire Shaw, but the Red Sox lead was now at 10-4, entering the bottom of the ninth.
Porcello rebounded well after a tough first inning and was replaced by Jean Machi after eight innings, with the four first innings runs the only runs he allowed, striking out eight and walking one. After the first inning, he only allowed two hits.
The Yankees were unable to score in the ninth, and once again held scoreless after the first inning, dropping to 86-71, with their Wild Card lead down to 3 games over the second place Houston Astros.
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