Clay Buchholz left with right elbow tightness in the Red Sox' loss to the Yankees. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Red Sox' win streak snapped as Clay Buchholz leaves with injury in loss to Yankees

Ryan Hannable
July 10, 2015 - 6:14 pm

The Red Sox had plenty of reason for optimism heading into their weekend series with the Yankees. The team had won four straight, eight of 10 and nine of 12 to go along with starter Clay Buchholz winning four straight starts and the Red Sox winning six of his last seven. But, all that optimism came to a screeching halt in the fourth inning as the Yankees scored three times, taking a 4-0 lead and Buchholz left with an injury. In the end the Red Sox fell to the Yankees 5-1 Friday night at Fenway Park. With one out and runners on second and third, Buchholz left the game with what the Red Sox called right elbow tightness. In the middle of a Stephen Drew at-bat, catcher Sandy Leon went to the mound and called for manager John Farrell and the trainer. After a short discussion he left the game. Lefty reliever Robbie Ross Jr. took his place on the mound. A Mike Napoli error on a ground ball allowed the second Yankees run to score and Drew to reach. Then, two batters later, Brock Holt booted a routine grounder, which would have ended the inning and instead the third Yankees run scored. The Yankees would get their third run of the inning when Ross walked Alex Rodriguez with the bases loaded. Buchholz finished going 3 1/3 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on six hits, while not walking a batter and striking out three. He allowed a solo homer to Rodriguez in the first inning. Mookie Betts cut into the Yankees lead with a solo home run in the fifth, but that's all the offense the Red Sox could get. Yankees starter Michael Pineda held the Red Sox to just one run over 6 2/3 innings, while striking out six. Ross Jr. gave the Red Sox a very solid relief effort, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on two hits, while walking one and striking out four. Rodriguez added an RBI single in the eighth against Craig Breslow, as the run was charged to Matt Barnes who couldn't get an out against the two batters he faced. Justin Masterson tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his first relief appearance of the season. What went wrong (and right) in the Red Sox' loss: WHAT WENT WRONG -- Buchholz, not by the way he pitched, but leaving with an injury. He was pitching arguably almost as good as he did pre-injury in 2013 and feeling the best physically of his career. -- David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez were both hitless in the game, as they combined to go 0-for-8 with two strikeouts. -- Although Napoli recorded a hit in the fourth inning, he had an error in the field in the rough fourth inning and also missed a catch on a foul ball, where he slid in front of the Red Sox' dugout. -- As a team, the Red Sox went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and the No. 3-5 hitters in the order went 1-for-12. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Betts' home run in the fifth inning was his 10th of the season and snapped a mini 0-for-10 slump. -- Holt's single in the third inning extended his hit streak to nine games, which is a season-high. -- Ross Jr. was fantastic in relief of Buchholz, as he kept the Red Sox in the game allowing just an unearned run in 3 2/3 innings.