The Boston Red Sox were held to two runs or fewer in back-to-back games for the first time all season as they lost 8-2 to the New York Yankees in the Bronx on Saturday afternoon.
David Price gave up six earned runs and took his first loss of the season, while Yankees starter Nathan Eovaldi pitched eight strong innings for the home team.
New York has taken the first two games of the series, but still trail the season series 3-2.
Here’s a recap of Saturday’s game.
GAME IN A WORD
The normally hot Red Sox offense generated just two runs on six hits. Boston also collected just one extra-base hit.
IT WAS OVER WHEN…
The Yankees tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning to open up a six-run lead, which was more than enough for the win.
ON THE BUMP
— Price struck out Brett Gardner to lead off the game and got a double play to end the inning. He retired the side in order in the second frame.
Price gave up a leadoff single to Chase Headley in the third, and he scored on an Austin Romine double later in the frame.
The fourth inning was trouble for Price. Starlin Castro and Mark Teixera led off the inning with singles, and then Dustin Ackley walked after Carlos Beltran struck out. Didi Gregorius cleared the bases with a 3-RBI double in the next at-bat, giving New York a 4-1 lead.
The fifth inning wasn’t much better for Price. He walked Castro and Hicks, and both of them scored on Beltran’s double. Price departed with the Sox losing 6-2.
Price gave up seven hits and six earned runs, while striking out four and walking three over 4 2/3 innings.
— Matt Barnes relieved Price with two outs in the fifth and got Ackley to fly out to end the frame. Barnes went back out for the sixth and gave up singles to Gregorius and Romine. Gardner drew a walk in the next at-bat to load the bases, and then Aaron Hicks drove in a run with a sacrifice fly. Barnes escaped the inning with no further damage, though.
— Tommy Layne relieved Barnes and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning.
— Sean O’Sullivan pitched the eighth for Boston and gave up one run on two hits.
IN THE BATTER’S BOX
— Brock Holt got the Red Sox on the board with an RBI single in the second. It was his only hit, as he finished 1 for 3.
— Hanley Ramirez was hit by a pitch in the second inning and later scored. He went 1 for 3.
— Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his third home run of the season in the fifth inning. It was a solo shot to right field that trimmed the Yankees’ lead to 4-2.
— Mookie Betts was 2 for 4.
— Dustin Pedroia (0 for 4), David Ortiz (0 for 4), Travis Shaw (0 for 3) and Christian Vazquez (0 for 3) were the four Sox starters without a hit.
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
Brock Holt made a nice catch in left field and Hanley Ramirez was impressed.
The Red Sox and Yankees wrap up their three-game series Sunday night. Steven Wright (Boston) versus Luis Severino (New York) is the probable pitching matchup.
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