By Jason Mastrodonato Boston Herald (TNS)
Red Sox snap New York’s four-game win streak
If you’re looking for a relaxing, calm evening, the Red Sox aren’t for you.
Drama, drama and more drama.
If there’s any space between their backs and the wall, they’re an average-to-above-average team. Put them in a situation like last night, having surrendered a three-run lead late in the game against their division rivals at Fenway Park, and the Red Sox look like a World Series contender.
It was the Sox over the New York Yankees by a score of 9-6 last night, and not a second before the 27th out was made did this game look over.
“That was pretty neat,” said Jackie Bradley Jr, whose single off Aroldis Chapman in the eighth added two insurance runs. “It was a great way to start the series and to finish this game. We showed a lot of resiliency being able to bounce back and nobody gave up.”
The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning and gave up two in the sixth and four in the seventh to fall behind with nine outs to go.
But Mitch Moreland hit a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded to cap off a four-run seventh inning and lift the Red Sox into a 7-6 lead on their way to a 31st come-from-behind win of the season.
“I guess we’re pretty good at it,” Moreland said.
The Sox snapped New York’s four-game win streak and expanded their American League East cushion to five games with 39 to play.
“To get that win and kind of separate ourselves a little bit more and start the series off on the right note, yeah, it’s a big one,” Moreland said.
The Sox bullpen, which entered the game first in the majors with a 2.94 ERA, has allowed 15 earned runs in its last seven games.
And yet, the Red Sox have won 13 of their last 15, MLB’s best record in that span.
Last night’s MVP could go to Moreland for his clutch hit — his first in eight at-bats with two outs and bases loaded this season — but Addison Reed deserves at least an ice cream for his work out of the ‘pen.
In a disastrous top of the seventh, Reed was the fourth reliever of the frame. Reed, the set-up man acquired from the Mets at the deadline, was welcomed by Aaron Judge with the bases loaded and one out.
Reed struck out Judge on a cutter and induced a weak pop-up off the bat of Gary Sanchez, who had homered off Joe Kelly to start the inning, to end the seventh. It was the second time Judge had failed to convert with the bases loaded after Kelly got him to ground out to end the sixth.
On Reed’s 30th pitch — his second-highest total of the season — he finished the eighth inning and let the Red Sox save closer Craig Kimbrel until the ninth, which he handled easily.
It was a long night for the bullpen, which took over in the fourth due to an early exit from Drew Pomeranz, who walked off the mound with the trainer for the third time since spring training started.
Pomeranz entered as one of baseball’s hottest pitchers and was working on his fourth scoreless inning when he threw a curveball wide to the backstop and it became clear something wasn’t right. He was seen pointing at his back during a mound visit and was replaced by Brandon Workman.
“My back just tightened up on my lower right side,” Pomeranz said. “It happens sometimes... I should be fine in a couple of days, or tomorrow even.”
Rookie third baseman Rafael Devers began the scoring with a two-run blast in the second inning. Yankees lefty Jordan Montgomery spotted a belt-high breaking ball on the outside corner and Devers ripped it to left-center for his seventh homer in 19 games.
Christian Vazquez added a solo shot in the fifth.
“Once we turned into the month of August, the offense has turned it on,” Farrell said. “It’s not any one guy. You look at the bottom third of the lineup and it’s deep and it’s been productive.”
San Francisco 10 Philadelphia 2
Washington 7 San Diego 1
Colorado 8 Milwaukee 4
Cleveland 10 Kansas City 1
Minnesota 10 Arizona 3
Houston 3 Oakland 1
Chicago White Sox 4 Texas 3
Cincinnati 5 Atlanta 3
LA Dodgers 8 Detroit 5
Miami 3 NY Mets 1
Boston 9 NY Yankees 6
Seattle 7 Tampa Bay 1
Baltimore 9 LA Angels 7
St. Louis 11 Pittsburgh 10
Chicago Cubs 7 Toronto 4
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