The Boston Red Sox left three runners on the trails in the ninth inning and lost for the third straight time to the Yankees, this time 7-5 on Saturday in New York.
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Winners reliever Scott Effross got hot before signing his third save of the campaign. In the last round, he allowed a single and a free pass in addition to hitting Xander Bogaerts with a pitch. The hosts snuffed out the threat, however, and ended the game by removing Triston Casas and Bobby Dalbec on the same play.
Aaron Judge continued the suspense by missing another opportunity to hit his 61st long ball of the season to tie Roger Maris’ team record. He didn’t hit any balls for sure.
Instead, it was Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo who led the charge for the Bronx Bombers, each hitting a long ball.
Yankees starting gunner Domingo German allowed three hits and as many earned runs in five innings. Lucas Luetge (4-4) scored the win, though he allowed three strikes from the safe in two-thirds of an inning.
Both Casas and Reese McGuire had stretched their arms to give the visitors a two-run lead in the second set. Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo also stood out with two hits each.
John Schreiber (3-4) took the backhand after watching Rizzo hit the home run at his expense.
The Red Sox will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday.