The Red Sox were handed their 52nd loss of the season, despite a good performance from their starter Eduardo Rodriguez. Rodriguez started off the game, striking out Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury, en route to retiring the first seven Yankee batters.
Rodriguez lasted seven innings, striking out six batters while allowing just three hits. It was an impressive performance by Rodriguez, with the only blemish coming from a solo home run over the Green Monster by Austin Romine.
Rodriguez left with a 2-1 lead, but that quickly disappeared as Brad Ziegler struggled in the eighth inning.
Ziegler got what he wanted, a ground ball off the bat by Gary Sanchez, but it was hit up the middle. Dustin Pedroia made a great play to get to it and throw it to first, but Sanchez collided with Hanley Ramirez as Sanchez was safe at first on a single.
Ramirez screamed as he laid down on the field as he was being looked at by the medical staff. After a few minutes, Ramirez was able to walk it off and stayed in the game to finish the top of the eighth inning.
It was a good sign that Ramirez stayed in the game, but it was about to get a lot worse.
After the collision, the Yankees pinch hit Romine with Mark Teixeira, who promptly struck out. Aaron Hicks and Gardner both collected singles to load the bases for Ellsbury. Ellsbury hit a bullet to left field. As Andrew Benintendi got under the ball, he lost it and the ball sailed over his head and all the way to the Green Monster.
On the play, Sanchez and Hicks scored to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. It was scored a sacrifice fly for Ellsbury and an error for Benintendi, allowing Ellsbury to get to second base and Gardner to third. The error was Benintendi’s first career error.
With first base open, the Red Sox intentionally walked Chase Headley to load the bases for Alex Rodriguez. Rodriguez hit a weak ball back to Ziegler who recorded the out at first base in his final at-bat at Fenway Park. Gardner was able to score on the play to push it to 4-2.
Mercifully, Ziegler came back to strike out Starlin Castro to end the inning.
The news got worse for the Red Sox as Ramirez was due up to leadoff the bottom of the eighth. He was unable to hit because of the play in the previous inning and was replaced by Aaron Hill.
The Yankees sent out Luis Cessa to pitch his second inning of work and retired the Red Sox 1-2-3 in the bottom of the eighth.
Matt Barnes pitched the ninth as Travis Shaw moved to first base and Hill came into play third. Barnes was impressive, striking out all three men he faced.
The Yankees led 4-2 and brought in their closer, Dellin Betances, for the ninth inning.
Betances struck out Brock Holt to lead off the inning, but then allowed a double to Sandy Leon.
Benintendi came up next and walked off of Betances, who was struggling with his command. The crowd got loud, hoping for a comeback, but Betances was able to strike out Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts to end the game.
It was another late and frustrating loss for the Sox. They received a good pitching performance but the bullpen was not able to hold it. As for the offense, it struggled once again.
The two bright spots on the offense was Ramirez and Leon. Ramirez knocked in both runs for the Sox, as Leon collected three hits.
The Red Sox have now lost four of their past five games.
As for the Yankees, Rodriguez finished 0-for-4 in his final game at Fenway Park. He will be released after tomorrow’s game by the Yankees and will serve as a special instructor until December 31, 2017.
WP: Luis Cessa (2-0, 3.45 ERA)
LP: Brad Ziegler (0-3, 1.59 ERA)
SV: Dellin Betances (3)
The Red Sox will try and turn things around as they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks as they continue this short six game home stand. The D’backs Patrick Corbin (4-11, 5.37 ERA) will face off against David Price (9-8, 4.34 ERA) beginning at 7:10 EST.