Yankees fall to Red Sox, 6-5, playoff hopes fading
BOSTON – Once more, the Yankees’ patchwork relief pitching could not lead them toward a victory at Fenway Park. And their long shot playoff hopes are fading by the day.
Mookie Betts’ delivered a game-tying RBI single off Adam Warren in the seventh and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, sending the first place Red Sox to a 6-5 win before 37,267 fans at Fenway Park.
Boston (83-64) opened a seven-game lead on the fourth-place Yankees (77-71) in the AL East, and the Red Sox will attempt to complete a four-game series sweep on Sunday night.
The Yankees have lost six of their last seven games and they might have lost Starlin Castro for an extended period. Castro exited in the fifth inning with a right hamstring strain, suffered while legging out a double.
And Jacoby Ellsbury left the game in the eighth inning after slamming his right knee into the lower part of the center field fence while chasing after Xander Bogaerts’ seventh-inning, leadoff double against Luis Severino.
Both Ellsbury and Castro are scheduled for further tests.
Bogaerts wound up scoring the tying run after moving to third on a David Ortiz fly out against lefty Tommy Layne.
Yankees starter Bryan Mitchell lasted just 4.2 innings, yielding four runs (three earned) on five hits. The Yanks scored all five runs against lefty ace David Price, who lasted six innings and gave up nine hits while striking out seven.
Closer Craig Kimbrel got the final four outs for the save, making the Yankees 0-3 to start a critical 11-game road trip, with stops at Tampa Bay and Toronto.
Catcher Austin Romine hit a two-run double off the top of the Green Monster to give the Yanks a 5-2 lead in the fourth.
Brett Gardner’s RBI triple scored Romine (single) in the third, and two batters later Sanchez followed with a two-run shot – his 15th homer in just his 40th game this year – to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead against Price.
Boston cut the lead to 3-2 in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Bogaerts and an RBI groundout by David Ortiz after a Romine passed ball sent Bogaerts to third base.
Mitchell exited with two out in the fifth, after Bogaerts’ two-run homer cut the Yanks’ lead to 5-4.
The Red Sox missed an opportunity in the sixth, when Severino loaded the bases and fell behind 3-and-1 to Dustin Pedroia. But the right-hander came back to strike him out looking, which caused Pedroia to become irate at plate umpire Bill Welke.
Boston manager John Farrell interceded before Pedroia did something to cause his ejection.