NY was in line for a narrow 2-1 win going into the ninth inning, but closer Aroldis Chapman gave up a homer to Red Sox rookie Rafael Devers with one out, marking his fourth blown save in 19 attempts. The additions of veteran infielder Eduardo Nunez and Devers have greatly bolstered the lineup. Sale had no trouble cutting through the NY lineup on July 15, when he scattered three hits and struck out 13 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
Chris Sale struck out 12 in his latest dominant performance, but Boston trailed 2-1 before the 20-year-old Devers connected on a 103 miles per hour fastball and became the second left-handed hitter to homer off Chapman in his eight-year career.
Just before Sunday night turned to Monday morning, the Yankees wound up blowing the game, losing the weekend series and falling further behind the Red Sox instead of gaining ground.
The Yankee who deserved to be fitted for goat horns was waiting at his locker 10 minutes after a loss that has the Boston Red Sox already in good shape to make it two American League East titles in a row. And the first game after the All-Star break when the Red Sox rallied in the ninth against Chapman.
Though the Red Sox have been in first place for the majority of the season, there's been an apparent lack of interest in the team. "He's jumped feet-first into this rivalry, and it couldn't come at a better time".
It does not mean the Yankees rocked Sale in the previous two meetings at Fenway Park.
The Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the eighth when Matt Barnes walked Hicks with one out, Judge poked a single to right and Sanchez walked to load the bases.
The Yankees move on to an inter-league subway series against the NY Mets tonight, a Mets squad depleted by injury and trades of some of their more unsafe players, including Jay Bruce, who was recently sent to the Cleveland Indians. Devers is also just the second rookie to homer off Chapman (Maikel Franco did so in 2015), but the 20-year-old is the youngest player to hit a home run against the flame-throwing southpaw. Remember, Sanchez was the new Babe Ruth after his unprecedented rookie home-run spree, and Torres had just zoomed to the top of the prospects lists by earning MVP honors in the Arizona Fall League.
The left-hander was lifted in the 10th and walked off the mound to boos. The only lefty hitter to homer off Chapman was Luke Scott who did so in 2011 when Chapman was still with the Cincinnati Reds. In three 2017 games against the Yankees, he is 0-1 with a 1.19 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 22 2⁄3 innings. The Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, and Toronto Blue Jays have had disappointing seasons, but are all within four games of the Angels.
The Red Sox would manage a win in extra-innings. Mookie Betts RF 4. The toughest, most challenging time of his career, he said, was the first few months of last season. While signing autographs as the Red Sox took batting practice, Montgomery was helped off the field after being struck in the ear by a ball.
A batter later, the game was over and the Yankees won.
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