Wade Miley allowed three runs over seven innings Sunday, his best start of the year. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: Wade Miley goes 7 strong innings, but Red Sox offense goes quiet in loss to Yankees

Ryan Hannable
May 02, 2015 - 12:19 pm

On most days Wade Miley's start would be good enough with the Red Sox' powerful lineup behind him. Unfortunately for him, the Red Sox' hitters couldn't get anything going in their 4-2 loss to the Yankees Saturday afternoon. The Yankees have now taken both games to open the series. Coming into the game with a 8.62 ERA and going 2 1/3 innings in two of his four starts, Miley threw his best game of the year tossing seven innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while not walking a batter and striking out three. Prior to the game he had walked at least two batters in every start this season, and had walked a total of 11 batters in his 15 2/3 innings to open the season. "Obviously the last couple outings haven't been the best, but I wanted to get deep in the game and give them a chance," said Miley. "I was able to get through the seventh. Something good to build off of, for sure." It was his longest outing of the year, and going back to last season he had gone seven starts without pitching in the seventh inning. The outing could've been even better if one pitch was different in the fifth inning. The Yankees snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth inning with two outs. Miley was one strike away from getting out of the inning, but Brett Gardner lined a two RBI single to left. They added an insurance run in the eighth on a Chris Young solo homer. "Much improved," manager John Farrell said of Miley. "I think Wade today delivered what we anticipated and will anticipate going forward. I thought he did a much better job with keeping the pace that he works at a little bit more under control. Threw a number of breaking balls for strikes and a lot of strikes overall. The fifth inning, 2-2 breaking ball to Gardner is pretty much the difference in this one." Dustin Pedroia had the first Red Sox run -- a solo home run in the fourth inning. They got their second in the seventh inning on a Mookie Betts RBI double off the wall scoring Blake Swihart, but Pedroia left the tying run in scoring position grounding out to short. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Miley. Despite the loss, the Red Sox left-hander posted his best start to the season and bounced back in a big way after Sunday's terrible performance in Baltimore. He got back to his old habits of getting ground balls, proving effective. 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 -- Napoli went 0-for-4. His average is down to .160 to open the season. Napoli had a chance to tie the game in the sixth, but he couldn't come through. He is 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position with two outs to open the year. He also struck out in the eighth inning with the tying run on first. -- Brock Holt went 0-for-4 in the game. He's cooled off, as he's now 1-for-14 on the homestand that started Monday. -- Hanley Ramirez's adventures in left field continued in the third inning when Gardner hit a ball down the line. Ramirez slowly jogged after it and Gardner tried to take third, but fortunately for Ramirez he was able to throw him out on the play. It was not the urgency you would like to see from the Red Sox' left fielder. The Yankees did score their first run on the play, as Didi Gregorius scored. -- Alexi Ogando allowed a solo home run in the eighth inning to give the Yankees a two-run lead. It was the second he's allowed this year and the fourth run in 10 games. WHAT WENT RIGHT -- Pedroia's home run in the fourth inning was his sixth of the year and also extended his hit streak to six games. He's hitting .455 in those games. -- David Ortiz went 2-for-4, while extending his hit streak to five games and is batting .444 in that span. -- Left-handed reliever Tommy Layne got the only two batters he faced in the eighth inning out.