Tommy Kahnle allowed a go-ahead RBI single to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the 10th inning after Aroldis Chapman blew a one-run lead in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees lost their second straight game to the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, Sunday at Yankee Stadium. >> Box score
After the Yankees took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on Todd Frazier's sac fly, Chapman surrendered a game-tying solo home run to Red Sox 20-year-old rookie Rafael Devers in the top of the ninth.
In the top of the 10th, Chapman hit Jackie Bradley Jr. and walked Eduardo Nunez with one out before he was pulled in favor of Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts and gave up Benintendi's RBI single.
In the bottom of the 10th, Aaron Hicks grounded out, Aaron Judge struck out and Gary Sanchez struck out against Craig Kimbrel (4-0), as the Yankees fell to 5 1/2 games back of the Red Sox in the division.
With the game tied at 1 in the bottom of the eighth, Frazier hit a bases-loaded, one-out sac fly off Matt Barnes to drive in Hicks and give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Didi Gregorius then struck out against Robby Scott with runners on the corners to end the inning.
New York had the game-winning run in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but Brett Gardner struck out against Kimbrel with a runner on third base to send the game into extras.
Red Sox LHP Chris Sale dominated the Yankees for the second time in a month, striking out 12 batters and giving up one run and four hits in seven innings. On July 15, he struck out 13 Yankees in 7 2/3 scoreless innings.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the top of the fifth inning on a Bradley RBI single off Jordan Montgomery, but New York tied it in the bottom half when Austin Romine hit an RBI triple that Betts misplayed.
Montgomery allowed one run, two hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings, while David Robertson and Dellin Betances combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Yankees leaned on the bullpen to keep things even as Sale continued to flummox New York's batters. As soon as Sale was lifted, the Yankees scratched across the go-ahead run. The run was a big deal at the time, but the way they got it -- runner on third with less than two outs and via a productive out -- was the antithesis to the club's recent results in the same situation.
However, the other issue with the Yankees this season has been the inability to lock down wins. The Yankees blew their 20th save of the season and are now 13-21 in one-run games. Chapman came in firing bullets, but one of them ended up over the fence. The choice to start him in the 10th inning came back to bite Yankees manager Joe Girardi, as the lefty allowed the winning run to get on base.
Montgomery, in the midst of a solid rookie campaign, was optioned to the minor leagues after the Yankees added two starters at the trade deadline. One turn through the rotation and he was on the mound in one of the Yankees' biggest games of the year. Montgomery didn't last as long as Sale and wasn't as flashy, but his 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball was certainly everything the Yankees hoped for coming in.
In all, it was a rough series for the Yankees, one in which they had to win to stand a solid chance of winning the American League East. Now, it seems the Yankees best chance is to win a wild card spot and that is by no mean assured the way they have been playing of late and with the large collection of teams within striking distance.
The Yankees play the Mets for four games -- two games at Yankee Stadium and two games at Citi Field -- over the next four days.
Luis Cessa (0-3, 4.83 ERA) faces Rafael Montero (1-8, 6.06 ERA) in the series opener Monday at 7:05 p.m.