As unfortunate as it was, the Yankees’ COVID-19 outbreak at the start of the series to start the second half, though it postponed a game, gave the Red Sox an increased opportunity to bury their struggling rivals and much more. Received- Platform needed to start a stretch run.
Instead, the Red Sox left New York to continue their backtrack, which began before the All-Star break, while giving the Yankees a breath of new life.
Thursday’s series opener was postponed due to the COVID outbreak, with the Red Sox impressing in Friday’s win. But like in their previous two series, they could not finish off the series win after winning the first game. A night after a bizarre six-innings defeat, the Red Sox were silenced in a 9-1 loss to the shorthanded, fourth-place Yankees to end an awkward weekend in the Bronx.
After losing a third consecutive series—the first time they’ve done so this season—the Red Sox (56–38) have now lost six of their last eight games, including the last two after the Yankees started. Year 7-0 against them. They now lead the American League East by half a game on the Rays as they continue a significant stretch of 17 consecutive games against divisional opponents.
Martin Perez overtook the Red Sox by handing home runs to Glaber Torres in the second innings, his second in as many nights as the lefty lasted just four innings, falling 3–0. The Red Sox were within striking distance until seventh, when an ugly innings from the bullpen turned it into a blowout loss.
The Yankees were without Aaron Judge and Gio Ursella, two of their six players who tested positive for COVID, and were forced to play a temporary outfield, after losing to left fielder Tim Locastro with an ACL injury on Saturday. Four of his starters on Sunday played for Triple-A Scranton this month. But it didn’t matter.
The Red Sox did not record a hit until the fourth, when Xander Bogarts smoked a two-out double off Jameson Tallon. The Yankees’ right-hander had him shut down the order twice, but he was chased by the Sox when he threatened in the sixth.
Trailing 3–0, JD Martinez scored a single and Bogarts again scored a double with an out to put the Runners in second and third, leaving Talon out of the game for reliever Chad Green. But the opportunity wasted.
Rafael Devers was run out when third-base umpire Jeff Nelson ruled that he swung in a check-swing attempt, the second time the Red Sox struck a large spot on a borderline check swing in as many nights. This provoked a long stare at Nelson from an angry Devers, and he was lucky not to be thrown as manager Alex Cora ran outside to save his third baseman from an ejection.
Hunter Renfro followed with a groundout in third place as the Red Sox’s best opportunity of the night was squandered.
After an innings, the game quickly turned away from him as 10 Yankees came to the plate. Darwinjon Hernandez dropped a two-run homer to Rugged Odor as his control issues continued with two walks. Then, Brandon Workman issued three more walks—two outs in all and two with a loaded base. The Red Sox’s weekend fate was sealed.