Though held the lead for most of the game, Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the ninth as the Yankees dropped their first game since returning from the All-Star break, 5-4, in Boston. >> Box Score
Yankees' starter LHP Jordan Montgomery earned a no-decision, allowing three runs on six hits in four innings pitched.
The bullpen had its work cut out for them once Montgomery exited. However, they were up for the challenge as they didn't allow a run through four innings.
That is until Chapman took the mound to close the game out.
With runners on second and third and no outs, 2B Ronald Torreyes booted a ground ball as the Red Sox tied the game up, 4-4. After intentionally walking Hanley Ramirez to load the bases, Chapman issued a walk to Andrew Benintendi for the final run of the game.
Gary Sanchez lead the offensive attack, going 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and three RBI.
The Yankees have now fallen into third place in the AL East, sitting 4.5 games back of Boston for the division lead.
The Yankees, looking to completely forget the 25 games leading to the All-Star break, were given a harsh reminder tonight.
Montgomery was not efficient, but didn't let the game get out of hand, delivering the game to the bullpen in the fourth inning. That alone seemed like a daunting task, but the middle relievers came through.
Chad Green stifled the Red Sox to allow the Yankees to jump ahead courtesy of Sanchez's long home run. Dellin Betances looked more like an All-Star, than the dud he was over most of his last seven appearances.
Unfortunately, Chapman continued his very inconsistent season showing a now typical inability to find the plate. Chapman has not displayed the ability to dominate hitters this season and if it doesn't change soon, the idea of being "cautious buyers" should be thrown out the window.
RHP Luis Severino (5-4, 3.54 ERA, 1.12 WHIP) will look to start off the second half on the right foot against the Red Sox. He hasn't earned a win since June 10. His last outing against the Brewers he allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings. LHP Chris Sale (11-4, 2.75 ERA, 0.90 WHIP) will throw for Boston.