BRONX, NY – The Red Sox came into tonight after an off day yesterday and appeared sluggish to begin the game. Yankees starter Luis Cessa effectively shunted the momentum of Boston’s 11-game win streak and held them scoreless through five frames. David Price did not help his offense at all as he allowed three home runs on the night. The Sox offense could not perform any late inning magic and were unable to clinch the division. Their magic number remains at one.
Here’s how it all happened:
SANCHEZ JUMPS ON PRICE’S MISTAKE
Jacoby Ellsbury notched a one out single in the bottom of the first inning for New York.
Up came rookie phenom Gary Sanchez, who got a fastball right down the middle from Price. Predictably, Sanchez clobbered it for an early 2-0 Yankees lead. It was the 20th long ball of his season, which began in early August.
CESSA SILENCES OFFENSE
The young Yankees starter was rolling from the first pitch and needed just 28 pitches to get through three frames.
Boston only managed two hits through five innings, and did not have a baserunner reach second base until the sixth.
PRICE GETS INTO MORE TROUBLE
Price was not sharp at all during his outing, allowing baserunners in every inning except the fourth.
In the fifth frame, he gave up back-to-back singles to Austin Romine and Tyler Austin. Brett Gardner moved them to second and third with a sac bunt.
Ellsbury then continued his success against the Sox lefty by ripping an RBI single to extend the Yankees edge to 3-0.
SOX FINALLY GET ON THE BOARD
In the sixth, Andrew Benintendi reached on an infield single, and advanced to second base on a throwing error by Cessa.
Dustin Pedroia promptly drove him home with a single to center, cutting the deficit to 3-1.
Xander Bogaerts then ripped a double to left to send Pedey to third.
David Ortiz came up with a golden opportunity, but struck out on a 3-2 slider.
Mookie Betts was able to plate another run with a ground out to bring Boston within a run.
PRICE YIELDS ANOTHER HOMER
After a leadoff single by Starlin Castro, Chase Headley lined out to right field on a sliding catch by Betts, who appeared to briefly lose the ball in the lights. Betts then fired to first base to double up Castro.
With two outs thanks to stellar defense, Price gave up a bomb to Didi Gregorius to put more pressure on his offense. The Yankees led 4-2 after six frames.
HILL AND PEDROIA TIE IT
The Red Sox perked up in the top of the seventh after Cessa exited the game.
Tommy Layne came on in relief and Aaron Hill pinch-hit for Holt to get the better matchup. It paid off as he launched a solo homer to put Boston back within one run.
Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single. A sac bunt by Sandy Leon moved the tying run into scoring position with one out.
With two down, Pedroia delivered the tying run on a single down the right field line.
Blake Parker took over for Layne and Bogaerts greeted him with a single to right field. Ortiz could not come through and stranded more runners.
With a new ballgame at 4-4, Price totally imploded. After a single by Romine, Austin cracked a two-run homer to put New York back in front, 6-4.
Gardner then singled, and after a line out by Ellsbury, Price’s night was over.
Brad Ziegler relieved Price and induced a double play off Sanchez.
NO CLINCHING MAGIC
Tyler Clippard got the nod for the top of the ninth for New York.
He struck out Leon, and then Benintendi ripped a double down the right field line. Pedroia drew a walk to represent the tying run.
Bogaerts popped out on the first pitch he saw, leaving the game in Ortiz’ hands.
Big Papi was not able to deliver tonight and the Red Sox could not clinch the division.
Up Next: The Red Sox will try to clinch tomorrow night against the Yankees at 7:05 PM. Clay Buchholz (8-10, 5.00 ERA) and Bryan Mitchell (1-2, 4.50 ERA) are the scheduled starters.
-Sanchez has four homers against the Red Sox in 8 games this season.
-Price has now allowed a career-high 29 homers this year.
-Ortiz went 0-for-5 and left seven men on base in the loss.
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