The Yankees fell to the Red Sox on Thursday night by a score of 5-4, snapping their eight-game winning streak and giving them just their second loss in their last nineteen games. CC Sabathia got the start for the Yankees, and just didn’t have his stuff. He went just four innings, allowing nine hits and four runs while walking none and striking out five. The Red Sox jumped out to an early lead on an RBI groundout by Hanley Ramirez in the first inning to score Mookie Betts. Ramirez drove in another in his very next at bat in the third on an RBI single to once again drive in Betts and put Boston up 2-0. JD Martinez also drove in a run in the third on an RBI force out that scored Andrew Benintendi for the third Red Sox run of the night.
In the top of the fifth inning, Ramirez struck yet again, this time with a solo homer into the visitors’ bullpen off CC to put the Red Sox up 4-0. Following the home run, rain began to fall in the Bronx and resulted in a 55-minute rain delay. Aaron Boone would not allow CC to come back after the delay, and went to Jonathan Holder to finish off the fifth and also pitch the sixth, which he did without allowing a hit.
Despite being down 4-0 in the seventh inning, the Yankees would not go down quietly. A walk to Brett Gardner to score Miguel Andújar gave the Yankees their first run of the game, and it was followed by an RBI single by Aaron Judge to score Gleyber Torres, making it a 4-2 game. An RBI force out by Didi Gregorius that scored Neil Walker put the Yankees within one, and the game was quickly tied up by a wild pitch from Joe Kelly that allowed Gardner to score, and the Yankees had once again rallied in the late innings.
The Red Sox quickly answered back in the top of the eighth, as Martinez led off the inning with a solo home run to right field in which a young fan made contact with Aaron Judge’s glove, potentially preventing him from robbing the home run. While it was not ruled fan interference since it occurred over and behind the padding of the wall, the fan was still ejected from Yankee Stadium. The Yankees threatened in the eighth but were unable to score, and after a scoreless top of the ninth, Craig Kimbrel came on and closed out the game for the Red Sox, salvaging the final game of the series for them.
The Yankees are now a still very impressive 26-11 on the season, tied for first place in the AL East and the best record in baseball with the Red Sox. They’re right back at it tomorrow night against the Oakland Athletics, as Sonny Gray will get the start against his former team looking to build on two solid starts in his last two outings. Dustin Fowler, one of the three prospects involved in the deal to acquire Gray last July, also figures to make his Bronx debut, having played just his second Major League game on Wednesday, having come all the way back from the open rupture of his right patellar tendon he suffered last June in Chicago. As of 12:02 AM on Friday morning, Oakland is still yet to announce a starter for the game. First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET.