BRONX — It wasn’t Nick Pivetta’s night Wednesday, as the Red Sox dropped their third straight game in two days and were swept by the Yankees.
Xander Bogaerts gave the Red Sox the lead with a solo homer that barely made it over the right field wall in the first inning.
After both a hit and a walk, Boston starter Nick Pivetta loaded the bases after right fielder J.D. Martinez wasn’t able to track down a bloop hit, as it hit off of his glove and couldn’t squeeze it. Brett Gardner brought in the tying run with a sacrifice fly.
Andrew Velazquez plated the go-ahead run with an RBI single into right, and with two outs, Anthony Rizzo roped an 0-2 pitch down the line. Bobby Dalbec looked like he came up with a sliding play, but it hit off of his glove for a two run single that made it 4-1. Pivetta would walk Judge, and manager Alex Cora went to the bullpen just five outs into the ballgame.
Garrett Richards got out of the inning, and he tossed four scoreless frames after that, out of the bullpen.
But it was Boston’s offense that squandered the bullpen’s masterful performance, as Andrew Heaney, who had a 5.78 ERA through 12 outings this season, dazzled, hurling seven two-hit innings.
Adam Ottavino hurled a scoreless seventh, but Josh Taylor summoned a double off Gary Sanchez before Velazquez plated the catcher with a single, to make it 5-1.
Hunter Renfroe crushed a solo homer 469 feet off Aroldis Chapman to make it 5-2, and the Red Sox gave themselves a bit of life. Xander Bogaerts walked, and J.D. Martinez singled to put runners on the corners with two outs, as well as knock Chapman out of the ballgame.
But Kevin Plawecki, despite working an nine-pitch at-bat, grounded out off Lucas Luetge to end the ballgame. It was close, but the umpires, after review, called him out.
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