Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is greeted by former Yankees closer Mariano Rivera on Thursday. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA Today Sports)

Closing Time: Red Sox offense goes cold in David Ortiz's final game in Yankee Stadium

September 29, 2016 - 6:26 pm
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On the heels of their second AL East crown in four years, the Red Sox called off the dogs. With Henry Owens making just his fifth start of the year and a host of regulars resting, the Red Sox dropped a 5-1 decision to the Yankees on Thursday that completed New York's sweep. One night after the Red Sox clinched the division, Owens allowed four hits and two runs in 4 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out six. It was a serviceable effort, all things considered, from a pitcher who hadn't made an appearance in three weeks. It didn't take long for the Yankees to jump on the 24-year-old, however, as cleanup hitter Starlin Castro doubled to plate Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning. In the fifth, Ellsbury smacked an RBI double of his own to put the Yankees back up 2-1. The Red Sox offense made C.C. Sabathia look like he was in his mid-2000's form, managing four hits and a run off the lefty over seven innings while striking out eight times. Xander Bogaerts served as one of the few sources of offense, driving his 21st home run of the season in the fourth inning. David Ortiz struck out and walked in his final game against the Yankees before being replaced by Brock Holt. Ortiz was honored before the game by former opponent Mariano Rivera, as well as with a book full of testimonials from Yankees greats. Closing Time note David Ortiz's eight strikeouts at Yankee Stadium this season are the most of any ballpark outside of Fenway. WHAT WENT WRONG -- The bullpen didn't do its part in the game in the sixth. After Heath Hembree allowed a walk and single, Robby Scott loaded the bases and proceeded to walk in a run and let another in on a passed ball. -- The battery of Owens and Ryan Hanigan had trouble catching baserunners, allowing a pair of stolen bases. -- The Red Sox grounded into a pair of double plays. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Bogaerts tied the game with a solo shot in the fourth inning. The 21st dinger for the 23-year-old keeps him fifth on the team in home runs. -- After allowing a single to start the inning, Junichi Tazawa shut down the rest of the Yankees batters in the seventh, including a strikeout of slugger Gary Sanchez.