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Red Sox Delay Yankees’ Playoff Hope Again

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KATHY WILLENS/AP

The Boston Red Sox delayed the New York Yankees’ 10,000th regular-season win and playoff push for the second time in two days as they took down New York, 10-4, at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night.

Entering the game, Michael Pineda was unbeaten in his five starts this month, with three wins and two no decisions. His streak was on the line right after his first pitch when Mookie Betts doubled to left. Pineda yielded six runs on five hits in the top of the first as rookie catcher Blake Swihart smoked a three-run homer. To Bronx’s delight, Rick Porcello, Pineda’s mound counterpart, gave most of the runs back right away as Dustin Ackley smashed a two-run homer and the Yankees were able to trim Boston’s margin to two at the end of the first inning.

Pineda bounced back by retiring 11 batters in a row before Betts led off the fifth with his 16th home run on the season. Bryan Mitchell replaced Pineda, who committed seven earned runs in six innings of work, yet Boston was able to collect another two runs when Swihart ripped his second homer of the day in the eighth.

The Yankees’ pitching woes continued when Chris Martin took the mound. Boston loaded the bases with one out before Jackie Bradley Jr. scored on a fielder’s choice in the final inning.

The Red Sox, on the other hand, never looked back as Porcello and Jean Machi did not gave up a run after Ackley’s hit. Porcello got credit for the win, which was his first as a starter at Yankee Stadium. Boston clinched its season-high fifth straight victory.

New York’s loss intensifies AL playoff spot race.

Now, they will welcome back Masahiro Tanaka tomorrow as he squares off Wade Miley, as the Yankees look to get back on track and finally earn a playoff berth.

 

Thomas Zhou

Thomas Zhou

Thomas is currently a sports reporter at World Journal (a Chinese-language newspaper serving oversea readers). He majored in journalism and took sports communication emphasis courses at Syracuse University. He has covered different sports for SU’s Newhouse Sports Media Center. Born and raised in China, Thomas hopes to use sports as a platform to get a better understanding of a different culture where people immersed in sports. He is also a hiphop fan.
Thomas Zhou