Yankees - 001 000 030 - 4 6 0 Red Sox - 100 010 000 - 2 9 1For the second consecutive night, the Red Sox bullpen blew a lead and lost the game. After Eduardo Rodriguez pitched seven strong innings (7-3-1-1-6, 93), Brad Ziegler allowed three hits and three runs in the eighth, two of the runs scoring when Andrew Benintendi lost Jacoby Ellsbury's bases-loaded, opposite-field line drive to left in the lights.
Boston made a little noise in the bottom of the ninth against Dellin Betances, who did not have his best stuff. Brock Holt worked the count full and struck out, swinging at and missing a high pitch that was clearly ball four. Sandy Leon (3-for-4, two doubles) doubled to right and went to third on a wild pitch. Benintendi walked. With the potential winning run at the plate, Dustin Pedroia struck out swinging and Xander Bogaerts was called out on strikes.
Considering the bullpen headaches in the first two games of this series, I'm not sure why John farrell lifted Rodriguez after only 93 pitches. In hindsight, naturally, Rodriguez should have started the eighth. Instead, it was Ziegler, who allowed a leadoff infield single to Gary Sanchez. Dustin Pedroia's throw was low and Hanley Ramirez stepped back to field it at first base and was run over by Sanchez. Ramirez stayed in the game for the rest of the inning, but did not bat in the bottom half of the eighth. After striking out pinch-hitter Mark Teixeira, Zielger allowed singles to Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner, loading the bases. Ellsbury lined a 2-0 pitch to left, which sailed over Benintendi's glove (he seemed to duck as the ball came in) and rolled to the wall. Alex Rodriguez brought in the inning's third run with a groundout to the catcher.
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