Aroldis Chapman blew a 4-1 lead in the ninth inning and Jonathan Holder allowed a walk-off single to Andrew Benintendi in the 10th inning as the Yankees' losing streak reached five games with a 5-4 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Sunday at Fenway Park. >> Box score
1) Holder (1-3) allowed a two-out single to Sandy Leon in the 10th inning and then threw a wild pitch to move him to second. After intentionally walking Mookie Betts, Benintendi singled up the middle to drive in pinch runner Tony Renda for their 28th win in their last 35 games.
2) Chapman allowed three runs (two earned) on one hit, three walks and one error in the bottom of the ninth to snap a stretch of 22 straight saves converted. After walking the bases loaded, he allowed a two-run single to J.D. Martinez that turned a 4-1 lead into a one-run advantage. Chapman then got Xander Bogaerts to ground to third, but Miguel Andujar's throw fell short of Greg Bird's stretched glove and allowed Betts to score the tying run.
3) The Yankees, who scored all four of their runs in the seventh inning, have lost five games in a row for the first time since they lost seven straight from June 13-20 last season. They fell to 9 1/2 games back of first place.
4) Masahiro Tanaka struck out a season-high nine batters in 4 2/3 innings, giving up six hits, including a solo home run to Betts that broke a scoreless tie.
5) New York loaded the bases with nobody out in the seventh inning and scored twice when Bogaerts misplayed an Aaron Hicks grounder that gave the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Giancarlo Stanton followed with an RBI single off Heath Hembree and Gleyber Torres added a sac fly.
6) David Price, who had given up 12 runs and six home runs in 4 1/3 innings in his two previous outings against the Yankees this season, allowed two runs, four hits and three walks in six-plus innings on Sunday.
Highlights from Sunday's game
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The Yankees surely want to put this weekend out of their heads, but the remnants of tonight's loss might be hard to dispel.
After getting eight innings of very strong pitching and scoring runs without the home run, the Yankees failed to convert what seemed like would have been a small salvation in the series. The Yankees are now in a huge hole in the AL East, one that is going to require more than a hot streak from New York, but also necessitates a cold spell from Boston.
Neither seems to be close in the offing, leaving the Yankees more worries about maintaining their wild-card position than catching the Red Sox.
Lance Lynn (7-8, 4.89 ERA) makes his first start as a Yankee as New York begins a three-game series against Dylan Covey (4-7, 5.57 ERA) and the Chicago White Sox on Monday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field.