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Yankees Drop Red Sox Series, Head Home to Face Orioles

The Houston Astros have undoubtedly surpassed the Boston Red Sox as the most hated baseball team in New York, but that doesn’t mean that losing a three-game series to Boston is an easy pill for Yankees fans to swallow. 

Despite a dominant game one, New York was easily dispatched by the Red Sox in the next two games, sending New York back to the Bronx for what will surely be a tough series against the Baltimore Orioles, who are just barely behind the Yankees in the American League East. 

Game One

Yankees - 8

Red Sox - 1

The series started with a bang on Friday when Alex Verdugo returned to Fenway with a vengeance, going 3 for 5 with a home run, double, and 4 RBI. The onslaught began in the top of the first, when Verdugo homered to center field, bringing home Juan Soto. Judge and Soto both hit doubles, while Volpe notched two stolen bases. Just when it seemed like all hope had faded for Boston, New York cruelly twisted the knife, driving in three more runs in the ninth.

On the mound, Luis Gil was stellar once again, earning his ninth win of the season in a 5-inning, 4-hit, 1-run performance. Four Yankee relievers cleaned up Boston for the remaining four innings, allowing a total of zero runs and only one hit. 

Game Two

Yankees - 4

Red Sox - 8

Whatever magic the Yankees had on Friday, they forgot to bring it with them to the ballpark on Saturday when they were walloped by Boston right out of the gate. The Red Sox scored five runs in the first two innings off starter Carlos Rodon. New York never recovered from this rough start, scoring only four runs that all came far too late. Juan Soto hit his 18th dinger of the year, and Giancarlo Stanton managed a couple of hits. But otherwise, it was a sad, slow march to defeat for the Bombers.

Game Three

Yankees - 3

Red Sox - 9

The Yankees blew it again on Sunday thanks to a rough outing from Marcus Stroman and five more combined earned runs allowed by relievers Caleb Ferguson, Luke Weaver, and Ian Hamilton. If not for the bullpen’s struggles, New York would’ve had a decent shot at victory after a rally in the sixth inning put them within one run of Boston.

The brief offensive spurt was caused by a Jose Trevino solo shot to left field and some fast-footed baserunning by Volpe after a wild pitch brought him home. Aaron Judge also grabbed his 26th homer of the year in the first. Beyond that, it was another tough loss for the Yankees, who could now lose control of the AL East in their upcoming series at home against Baltimore. 

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