Recap - Bullpen Implosion Drops Sox From First

Jim Monaghan
Content Coordinator

Well...first place was fun while it lasted.

The Red Sox suffered through a late-innings bullpen implosion in a 9-6 loss to the Yankees Wednesday night in the Bronx. The New York victory - the 17th in their last 18 games - moved them one game ahead of Boston in the American League East standings.

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Matt Barnes and Craig Kimbrel (pictured) were each charged with two runs in the loss. Barnes gave up a leadoff double in the eighth inning to Neil Walker and allowed a one-out walk before giving way to Kimbrel who was being asked to get five outs.

A Brett Gardner triple drove in two, followed by an Aaron Judge two-run homer which turned a 6-5 Boston lead into a 9-6 deficit.

Rick Porcello started for the Red Sox and went 5.1 innings in the no-decision outing. He gave up five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three.

Mitch Moreland homered in the second for a 2-1 lead. Boston scored single runs in the fifth (Andrew Benintendi home run) and sixth, and then added two more in the seventh on Hanley Ramirez's fourth home run of the season.

Xander Bogaerts led the Sox with three hits.

Eduardo Rodriguez - aka "The Enigma" - will attempt to stop the Yankees Thursday night against C.C. Sabathia in the series finale.

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