Red Sox Take Charge of AL East, Expose Yankees in Sweep

Boston Red Sox infielders Steve Pearce and Ian Kinsler and outfielder Andrew Benintendi

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We acknowledge who they are right now.

For the Yankees, all is not lost.

After consecutive losses on Friday and Saturday, New York finally looked like it had a bit of a spark on Sunday, taking a 4-1 lead in the seventh inning.

Porcello walked none, faced one batter over the minimum and needed only 86 pitches in a game that took 2 hours, 15 minutes - the fastest nine-inning Yankees-Red Sox game since May 6, 1994. They will also need some extra help from the other teams who will be playing against Boston until the end. "We kind of stole this one".

"What a game that was Sunday".

Chapman hadn't thrown that many pitches in an appearance in three years. "We weren't paying it any attention". "The concentration is getting out of the inning".

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Well after left-handers Brett Anderson of the A's and Blaine Hardy of the Tigers had taken no-hitters past the midpoint of the contest and left a scoreless tie, Martini led off the 13th with a walk off the fifth Tigers pitcher, right-hander Buck Farmer (3-4). Given the way he has pitched the majority of the season, it was within reason to assume another save would be practically automatic. How do you come back from a 15-7 loss especially when it's the first game of a four game set against your rival?

Aroldis Chapman's meltdown against the Red Sox on Sunday in which he blew a three-run lead in the ninth could have some calling his role as closer into question. The second baseman had been well positioned in a shift. Trevor Story hit two two-run homers for the Rockies, who have dropped five of six. When he did, he awkwardly rushed a throw to first base without its standard velocity.

Porcello got defensive backing in the ninth when Jackie Bradley Jr. made a leaping grab at the center-field wall of a Neil Walker drive for the second out. Then we hear what Red Sox skipper Alex Cora had to say following the win.

For Benintendi, it was his second career walk-off hit.

The Boston Red Sox are the highest scoring team in Major League Baseball and have dominated Yankees pitching this season. We could pick up some much needed games and hopefully, Aaron Judge will be on the mend and J.A. Happ will back in the rotation. With the Yankees having three more games remaining on their schedule, even if the Red Sox, who are now playing at a.696 clip, slipped to a game under.500 the rest of the way - 24-25 - the Yankees would need to win 33 of their final 52 games, a winning percentage of.635. Aaron Judge remains on the DL, as does Gary Sanchez. He'd gone 0-for-4 with two strikeouts before the game-winner. NY will be a familiar opponent, and not just because Eovaldi was with the Rays. The Yankees have baseball's easiest remaining August schedule. What a team they have.

"Look, we know we're really good", Boone said, "and the guys I don't think have any doubt in there". "I definitely had it in the back of my mind form the moment that it happened, but you've still got to slow down and pitch a ballgame".

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