Gray lasted just three-plus innings against the Red Sox, giving up six runs on seven hits. He was able to escape a pair of runners on in the first inning but gave up four runs in the second and another two in the third.
In the second inning, Mookie Betts (RBI sacrifice fly) and Andrew Benintendi (RBI fielder's choice) each traded a run for an out or the damage could've been worse. Gray was lifted one batter into the fourth.
Meanwhile, Porcello carried a no-hitter through a rain delay and into the seventh inning until Aaron Judge broke up it up with a double, extending his hitting streak to ten games. Porcello allowed just two hits over seven scoreless innings with six strikeouts.
The Yankees put up a valiant fight in the ninth, as Gary Sanchez knocked a three-run double, but the deficit was too much to overcome. Aaron Hicks, who went 0-4 with a strikeout in his first game back from the DL, followed up Sanchez's double with a groundout. Then Neil Walker and Tyler Wade each struck out to end the game.
A bright spot for the Yankees, though, was the bullpen and Domingo German in particular. In relief of Gray, German threw three scoreless innings allowing just one hit and striking out three. Tommy Kahnle registered two strikeouts in his scoreless inning and Adam Warren also didn't allow a run in one inning of work.
The Yankees head to Detroit to start a series with the Tigers on Friday night at 7:10 p.m.
Baseball brawls tend to bring the team that comes out on top in the box score together the following day. After last night's extracurricular activities, the Red Sox seemed energized the next day despite taking the loss.
Gray was not very good, the defense behind him was sloppy and the Red Sox took advantage of the circumstances. Add an offense that was stifled by Porcello, who apparently has the Yankees' number, and the result is a lopsided loss at the hands of first-place Boston.
The Yankees have been wildly inconsistent to start the season and we can lay blame on each facet of the game at varying stages of the opening 13-game stretch. Essentially, the Yankees have not come close to getting all cylinders in motion at the same time in 2018. The Yankees had a chance to show they were ready to hang with the Red Sox with a win, but instead fall 4.5 games back in the American League East, demonstrating they have a long way to go before playing up to their expectations.