Coming off a tremendous offensive series in Atlanta, the New York Yankees come home and fall to the Boston Red Sox by a count of 4-3.

By Robby Sabo

Monday night in Boston brought the red-hot New York Yankees – winners of three straight against the Atlanta Braves – to town. What the Yankees didn’t bring to town were those hot bats that piled up 38 runs in those three games in Atlanta over the weekend.

Boston edged New York by a count of 4-2.

Yankees starter Ivan Nova was solid at best. His three runs allowed and seven hits over six innings just couldn’t equal Eduardo Rodriguez’s one run allowed over five innings of work.

The back-breaking inning for Nova came in the third when Mookie Betts hit a two-run shot. Veteran David Ortiz smashed a solo home run (29) just an inning earlier. That was the 495th home run of Ortiz’s career.

For the Yankees offense, despite collecting 10 hits on the night, runs were tough to come by. Only the red-hot Didi Gregorius was overly impressive (4-for-4, 1 RBI).

The ninth-inning became an adventure for Red Sox fill-in closer Jean Machi. He eventually loaded the bases with just one out and walked Chase Headley to cut the Yankees deficit to one run.

After striking out Greg Bird with one out, he got Gregorius to hit a loud fly out to right field to end the game.

Joe Girardi’s club lost a golden opportunity to climb the ladder in the AL East with the Toronto Blue Jays losing earlier in the night. The deficit remains at 1.5. Boston and New York will go back at it Tuesday night from Fenway.

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