New York Yankees Drop Heartbreaker To Boston In Extras (Highlights)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: Rafael Devers #11 of the Boston Red Sox looks to the sky after hitting a game tying solo home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 13, 2017 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Despite being one out away from out classing Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees weren’t able to come away with a win. 

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Despite being one out away from out classing Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees weren’t able to come away with a win at Yankee Stadium.

Chris Sale and Jordan Montgomery exchanged four innings of scoreless frames until the latter got into trouble in the top of the fifth.

Two batters after Brock Holt drew a walk, he advanced on a wild pitch before Jackie Bradley Jr. drove him in with a sharp single to left field past a diving Didi Gregorius. Thankfully for New York, a mini rally in the next half-inning made up for the deficit.

First baseman Chase Headley singled on a sharp line drive to center field and just when a Ronald Torreyes strikeout made the chances of a rally slim down, Austin Romine came through.

Romine lifted a long fly ball off a 0-2 slider from Sale and drive it just beyond the glove of right fielder Mookie Betts. The ball trickled toward the right-field line, allowing Headley to score, Romine to slide into third and knotted the game at one apiece.

As the Yankees’ bullpen grinded through, Chris Sale was magnificent. The Cy Young candidate finished his night with 12 strikeouts over seven innings of work — giving him a total of 241 strikeouts in 168.1 total innings in 2017.

Getting him out of the contest, however, was huge for the Bombers. In the bottom of the eighth inning, the offense loaded the bases off right-handed reliever Matt Barnes and didn’t squander this prime opportunity.

Todd Frazier smacked a fly ball to fairly deep center field off Barnes, deep enough for Aaron Hicks to score off Bradley Jr’s arm to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Just like that, New York was a scoreless inning by Aroldis Chapman away from securing a huge win on Sunday Night Baseball. If only…

After blowing smoke by Hanley Ramirez for the first out, 20-year-old Rafael Devers absolutely smoked a 102.8 MPH fastball and sent it into the Red Sox bullpen to hand Chapman his fourth blown save of the season. That passes his total from all of 2016 and gives him the most since he blew five saves for the Reds in 2013.

Addison Reed came on to face the Bombers in an attempt to force free baseball in the Bronx. Headley led off with a walk, moved over on a Ronald Torreyes bunt then got to third on a Jacoby Ellsbury groundout. With two outs, manager John Farrel called on his deadly closer Craig Kimbrel, who fanned Brett Gardner with the winning run on third.

In the top of the 10th inning, Chapman hit Bradley Jr. with a 101.5 MPH fastball and walked Eduardo Nunez, forcing Girardi to call upon Tommy Kahnle to get out of a game-threatening jam.

The newly acquired reliever walked Mookie Betts, loading the bases for the ever-so-dangerous Andrew Benintendi. On a 2-1 count, the 23-year-old rookie line a base hit to right field, scoring Bradley Jr. to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.

Kimbrel was called upon in the bottom of the inning and was slated to face Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez. The All-Star closer got Hicks to ground out to first, Judge to strike out and Sanchez to pop up to shallow right to end what was an intense AL East clash.

Unfortunate Stat Of The Day:

Monty Grind: 

Going toe-to-toe with one of the best pitchers in the game isn’t an easy task, yet Montgomery did his job by giving the Yankees a chance.

The rookie left-hander held the Red Sox to one earned runs over 5.1 innings of work including four strikeouts — giving him the third-most among left-handed Yankee starters in their first 22 starts. Sale was eventually bumped with a 60.8 percent probability that New York would walk away victorious.

That’s thanks in large part to Montgomery, who didn’t register the best outing of his young career, but it was easily the most important performance to date.

Houdini Is Back:

Since rejoining the Yankees on July 19, David Robertson has done more than shine with the team that drafted him in 2006. The 32-year-old righty owns a 1.42 ERA across 11 appearances while fanning 16 batters over 12.2 innings of work.

This Day In Yankees’ History:

On August 13, 2013, Alfonso Soriano recorded two home runs and six RBIs and 6RBI, then two home runs and seven RBIs the following against the Los Angeles Angels to become just the third player since 1920 to record at least six RBIs in consecutive games.

What’s Next: 

Rivalry Week continues as the Yankees welcome in the New York Mets into Yankee Stadium for a four-game series — first two in the Bronx before two in Queens.

Going for the Bombers will be Luis Cessa, who is filling in for the injured Masahiro Tanaka. He has posted a 4.83 ERA over nine outings (four starts) and is 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA in his four starts with the Yankees this season but has pitched relatively well as a starter in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (4-6, 3.45 ERA in 13 starts).

For the Mets, Rafael Montero will get the ball from manager Terry Collins. Since the All-Star break, the right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.49 ERA (19 earned runs in 26.1 innings) with 33 hits allowed in five starts. In his five games (four starts) prior to the break, Montero was 1-1 with a 3.26 ERA (seven earned runs in 19.1 innings).

First pitch will come your way at 7:05 p.m. ET on the YES Network or SNY. Tune into ESNY for full coverage of all things Subway Series, as the two crosstown rivals meet for the first time in 2017.