The Yankees completed their first sweep of three or more games at Fenway Park since 2006 with their win over the Red Sox (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox comeback bid from 8-0 deficit falls short as Yankees complete weekend sweep

Ryan Hannable
May 03, 2015 - 8:00 pm
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With how powerful the Red Sox' offense is, they rarely are out of any given game, but when they have to make up an 8-run difference, that's asking too much. Red Sox starter Joe Kelly couldn't make it out of the fifth inning as he allowed five runs before being removed with two outs in the fifth, as the Yankees beat the Red Sox 8-5 Sunday night. The Yankees swept the weekend series -- it was their first series sweep of three or more games at Fenway Park since August 21, 2006. The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs on nine hits, while not walking a batter and striking out three. It was the second time over his five starts where he didn't make it out of the fifth inning, and now four out of the five Red Sox starters can say the same. "Tonight, once again Joe [Kelly] had very good stuff," manager John Farrell said. "They fought off a number of pitches that were quality pitches within the strike zone. Anytime he made a mistake on the plate he paid for it with the two-run homer, two-run double. Once he got his curveball into the mix there were some seemingly easier innings for him and slowed them down quite a bit. But through the first three innings he had a hard time getting any secondary pitches over for strikes to get a hitter, their timing a little disrupted." Trailing 8-0, the Red Sox scored five times in the sixth inning to make it interesting, capped by a three-run home run by Mike Napoli. The homer cut the deficit to three at 8-5, and snapped a 1-for-11 slump, but that was the closest the Red Sox could get, although they did load the bases against Andrew Miller in the ninth. The Red Sox couldn't get much going off Yankees starter Adam Warren until the five-run fifth. Warren finished going 5 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits. It was his third straight going 5 2/3 inning, the longest he's gone in a start in his career. "But I felt we showed tremendous fight, tremendous comeback," Farrell said. "We scored five in the bottom of the inning after we're down 8-0, right down to the final swing of the night. Load the bases against Miller and we kept battling back all the way through. We didn't give any at-bats away. There's still a strong competitive spirit in that room." Warnings were issued to both benches in the top of the eighth after Edward Mujica hit Jacoby Ellsbury with a pitch. This comes after Hanley Ramirez was hit in the top of the sixth. Ramirez took exception, walking slowly to first base with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson and firing his bat against the wall. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Ellsbury. The former Red Sox reached base six times as he went 4-for-4 with a walk and was hit by a pitch, while scoring two runs. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- After three straight quality starts (for the first time all season) Kelly couldn't make it out of the fifth inning. Red Sox starters have now allowed five runs or more in eight of the 25 starts this season, 32 percent of the starts. -- The Red Sox couldn't get anything going against Warren early on. They went through the first turn through the order without a hit, and didn't hit a ball out of the infield in the process. Mookie Betts led the top of the fourth off with a double to left-center. -- Craig Breslow was terrible in relief. In the sixth inning he faced three batters, all recording hits, capped off by the last batter he would face in Brett Gardner who crushed a three-run home run into the Red Sox bullpen. -- Daniel Nava went 0-for-3 with a walk. He is now 0 for his last 18 and 1 for his last 27. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- David Ortiz had a wall-ball double in the sixth, scoring Dustin Pedroia for the first Red Sox run. The hit extended Ortiz's hit streak to six games. -- Pedroia singled before scoring on Ortiz's double, which extended his own hit streak to seven games. -- Mujica gave the Red Sox a solid relief effort, as he went 2 1/3 innings, allowing just one hit, and hit a batter, while striking out one. It was the longest he had ever gone in a game in a Red Sox uniform. -- Dalier Hinojosa made his major league debut in the eighth inning and struck out Alex Rodriguez, the first batter he faced.

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