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Game of the Week Preview: Yankees at Red Sox – 8:08 PM
- Updated: September 18, 2016
The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox opened up a pivotal four-game series starting on Thursday at Fenway Park with both teams needing wins to get closer to advancing to the postseason.
On Thursday the Yankees, who entered the series just five games out of first and just three games behind in the Wild Card standings, took a 5-1 lead over the Red Sox through the first four innings. New York looked to be in cruise mode to victory, but the bullpen had a massive meltdown led by closer Dellin Betances, who served up a three-run walk-off bomb to Hanley Ramirez as the Red Sox stormed back for the 7-5 victory.
On Friday, it was the Red Sox who scored first, adding two in the first and one in the fourth, but the Yankees battled back with two in the fifth to pull within a run at 3-2. But Boston, already on a high from their improbably victory in Game one, scored two runs in the sixth and seventh frames, highlighted by Jackie Bradley‘s 25th dinger on the season. New York mounted a mini come back in the ninth, but fell short dropping game two, 7-4.
On Saturday afternoon, the Yankees, who now found themselves falling out of a postseason berth, needed to get back in the series with a victory. In the top of the third inning, Brett Gardner tripled to center field scoring Austin Romine with the first run of the game. Then the amazing rookie, Gary Sanchez launched his 15th home run on the season, a two run bomb to put the Yankees up 3-0.
The Bronx Bombers answered right back with two in the top of the fourth when Romine laced a two-RBI double into left field to put the Yankees up 5-2.
But once again the Red Sox mounted a comeback, scoring two in the fifth, on Bogaerts 20th home run on the season and then tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh.
Now with the Yankees backs up against the wall, they will try to avoid a four-game sweep and keep their slim chances of a playoff berth alive.
With the victory the Red Sox improved to 84-64, and lead the AL East by 2.5 games, and with the loss the Yankees dropped to 77-71, seven games out of the division lead and 4.5 games in the Wild Card hunt.
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