The Yankees are doomed by a wild pitch in an extra-inning loss to the Red Sox
In a season where they did almost everything right in the first half, the Yankees are finding out how the other half lives.
The Yankees rallied in the bottom of the ninth to force their third straight overtime game, but then failed to score the game-winning run with the bases loaded in both the ninth and 10th innings before losing to the Red Sox , 5-4, in 11 innings in the Bronx.
They’ve lost five of their six games, including their last three against Boston.
Xander Bogaerts, the auto-runner, scored the go-ahead on crazy pitch with two outs in the top of the 11th.
Michael King struck out the first two batters he faced in the 11th, with Bogaerts going third on an Alex Verdugo fly out. King, however, then bounced a pitch off Christian Vazquez and the ball bounced too far past Jose Trevino as an alert Bogaerts raced home to score.
The Yankees couldn’t do anything against Ryan Brasier in the bottom of the 11th inning.
The Red Sox charged in the 10th against Clay Holmes, who retired the first two batters he faced with the autorunner in the second, before an intentional walk to Rafael Devers and a JD Martinez single.
But Holmes recovered and eliminated Bogaerts.
The Yankees scored a run in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a sloppy Red Sox lineout after manager Aaron Boone was thrown out for arguing over a called strike to Matt Carpenter. They had the bases loaded and nobody left after that, but they couldn’t find the winning race. Trevino got into a double game and DJ LeMahieu was on a comeback.
The Yankees charged again in the 10th with one out, but Gleyber Torres went on a double play to extend the game.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed three runs in six innings, surviving a grueling first inning in which he allowed two runs, gave up two and needed 31 pitches to pass.
Facing Nathan Eovaldi – who was making his first start in over a month after suffering lower back inflammation – and a Red Sox team that had just been swept by the Rays, the Yankees got a big swing by Giancarlo Stanton and nothing else.
They played from behind early, as Devers continued to torment them.
After an early walk from former Yankee Rob Refsnyder, Devers jumped onto the first pitch he saw of Montgomery and drilled it for a two-run homer.
Martinez followed with a ground-rule double and Bogaerts’ left-hand single gave the Boston runners first and third with no one.
After a visit from pitching coach Matt Blake, Montgomery sent both Verdugo and Vazquez flying to the left, too shallow to score Martinez from third.
Montgomery then retired Bobby Dalbec after a 10-pitch at-bat to end the 31-pitch inning and make it a two-run game.
In the second, Torres walked one out and Carpenter reached it when his hard shot first went through Dalbec’s legs.
But Isiah Kiner-Falefa lined up in third and Kyle Higashioka bounced off Eovaldi to end the threat.
In the third, LeMahieu hit a one-out single and, after Aaron Judge flew to center, Anthony Rizzo worked a walk after falling 0-2 down. Stanton followed by hammering a three-run homer in the right seats of the field to make it 3-2.
Montgomery, who gave up 10 straight, restored the lead by allowing a solo shot from Vazquez in the fourth but went through six innings with the score tied at 3-3.
That changed in the seventh, when Aroldis Chapman replaced Montgomery and gave up a first homer to Dalbec.