July 12, 2015

G89: Yankees 8, Red Sox 6

Yankees - 020 013 002 - 8 11  2
Red Sox - 003 001 002 - 6 12  0
Several missed scoring opportunities doomed the Red Sox to defeat - and Boston finished the "first half" of the season at 42-47, 6.5 games out of first place.

Brian McCann gave the Yankees an early lead with an opposite field two-run homer into the Monster Seats off Wade Miley (5.1-7-6-0-2, 93), but Boston took the lead with five singles in the third - thanks to consecutive RBI hits from Xander Bogaerts, Pablo Sandoval, and Hanley Ramirez.

New York tied it in the fifth (McCann doubled and scored on a balk) and went ahead to stay in the sixth (Alex Rodriguez, Chris Young, and Chase Headley each had an RBI double).

In the bottom of the sixth, facing Adam Warren, Ramirez led off with a double and scored on a one-out single by Shane Victorino. Justin Wilson came in and Mike Napoli pinch-hit for Travis Shaw. Napoli singled and, after Ryan Hanigan struck out, he and Victorino pulled a double steal. With runners at second and third, trailing 6-4, Mookie Betts flied to right to end the inning.

Betts had a chance to drive in some runs in the eighth, as well. With Victorino on second and Hanigan on first and two outs, Betts fell behind 0-2 before striking out on a 2-2 pitch in the dirt.

The Red Sox scored twice off Andrew Miller in the ninth - courtesy of a walk, two infield errors and a sac fly - but New York's insurance runs in the top half, which came on Robert Refsynder's first major league home run, ended up being the margin of victory.
Nathan Eovaldi / Wade Miley
Betts, CF
Holt, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Sandoval, 3B
Ramirez, DH
De Aza, LF
Victorino, RF
Shaw, 1B
Hanigan, C

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