Though he isn't lined up for the loss, Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka had trouble finishing the Red Sox hitters Wednesday night.
Tanaka worked his normal plethora of pitches in and out of the strike zone, but Boston was doing just enough to stay alive. It began in the first inning when Mookie Betts had an 11-pitch at-bat that he ended up striking out in. Following a strikeout of Hanley Ramirez on another lengthy at-bat, Tanaka left the first inning with over 20 pitches.
In the second inning, Mitch Moreland made Tanaka pay on a fastball that missed its location as he sent it over the right center field wall to take a 2-1 lead. But luckily for Tanaka, the Yankees continued to answer the Sox.
However, Tanaka allowed yet another blast -- this time a solo shot to Andrew Benintendi in the top of the fifth inning. Tanaka would begin the sixth inning by allowing a double to Eduardo Nunez, and after getting Mitch Moreland to groundout, manager Aaron Boone pulled the plug. Nunez would later score on a sac fly, which was a run awarded to Tanaka.
Overall, Tanaka earned a no-decision, allowing four runs on eight hits (most allowed this season) while striking out three and walking two on 91 pitches over 5.1 innings.