Pablo Sandoval sighs during the Red Sox series finale against the Yankees Sunday (Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox head to All-Star break on sour note

Rob Bradford
July 12, 2015 - 1:19 pm
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It was looking like the Red Sox were going to punctuate their recent resurgence. They carried a one-run lead over the Yankees into the fifth inning, with starter Wade Miley seemingly in the midst of a solid outing. Then the wheels came off, sending the Red Sox into the All-Star break with an all too familiar bad taste in their mouths. With one run in the fifth inning and three more in the sixth, driving Miley from his start, the Yankees would go on to claim a 8-6 win over the Sox Sunday. It send the Sox into the season's second half 6 1/2 games in back of New York for first-place in the American League East, residing five games under .500 (42-47). A win would have been huge for the Red Sox, who had won four straight series prior to the three-game set with the Yankees. Instead, John Farrell's team was left with a familiar feeling, dropping their sixth game in nine tries against the Yankees this season. Prior to the fifth inning -- which saw the Yankees score the game-tying run via only the second balk of Miley's career -- it appeared as though the Sox starter had been in control. His only miscue had been a first-inning, two-run homer off the bat of Brian McCann. That was deficit the Red Sox erased with a three-run third inning against Yankees hurler Nathan Eovaldi. But Miley would be driven from the game after 93 pitches and 5 1/3 innings. The three-run sixth from New York was a product of RBI doubles from Alex Rodriguez, Chris Young and Chase Headley. The Red Sox had a few chances in the later innings, but Mookie Betts came up on the short end in key spots on two separate occasions. In the sixth, with runners on second and third and two outs, Betts flew out sharply to deep right field. Then, in the eighth with the potential game-tying run at first base, the center fielder fanned against New York reliever Dellen Betances. Following the eighth-inning Red Sox squander, the Yankees pulled away for good thanks to a ninth-inning, two-run home run from rookie Rob Refsnyder off reliever Alexi Ogando. The Sox did bring the potential tying run to the plate in twice the ninth inning against Yankees reliever Andrew Miller, scoring twice thanks in large part to two key New York errors. But Shane Victorino's pop up into shallow left field ended the threat and the game. The Red Sox did finish with 12 hits, with Xander Bogaerts, Hanley Ramirez and Alejandro De Aza each claiming multiple-hit games. They did, however, go just 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

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