The New York Yankees were unable to mount a rally off Doug Fister beyond the first inning and fell to the Boston Red Sox.
- Boston Red Sox: 4 (77-58)
- New York Yankees: 1 (71-63)
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The New York Yankees were unable to build on a series-opening win on Thursday night and fell to the Boston Red Sox by a score of 4-1 in front of a Yankee Stadium crowd of 42,332.
New York scratched off a run thanks to back-to-back doubles by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge off Doug Fister, but was unable to do much else off the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner. He racked up seven innings of one-run ball with five strikeouts, one walk, four hits allowed and 11 ground ball outs en route to just his fourth win of the season.
On the other side of the pitching matchup, Sonny Gray racked up nine strikeouts on the box score but would not add a win to coincide with them. Three of his five hits allowed came via the home run which was more than enough to complement the lights-out Fister.
Eduardo Nunez (third inning), Andrew Benintendi (fifth inning) and Hanley Ramirez (seventh) all homered off Gray to rack up all the runs the Red Sox would need in this one. Aroldis Chapman recorded three strikeouts in an impressive scoreless eighth and Adam Warren registered a clean ninth, but the offense was unable to cash-in off closer Craig Kimbrel.
The Yankees fell by a score of 4-1. They now sit 5.5 games behind Boston in the American League East but still own the first AL Wild Card spot over the Minnesota Twins by a half game — they trailed Kansas City 5-3 when the Yankees’ contest concluded.
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FINAL: Red Sox 4, @Yankees 1
Sonny Gray strikes out 9 over 7 IP & Aaron Judge knocks in an RBI but #NYY drop Game 2.
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Gardy Getting Hot-y:
Known for having second-half fall-offs, Brett Gardner has gone 20-for-his-last-55 including a double tonight. Entering Friday, he owned a .373/.439/.471 slash line and an OPS of .909 since August 18.
This Day In Yankees History:
On Sept. 1, 1961, three consecutive two out‚ ninth-inning singles by Elston Howard‚ Yogi Berra‚ and Bill Skowron gave the Yankees a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. Whitey Ford, Bud Daley and Luis Arroyo combined for the shutout.
Game 3 of this crucial four-game set will go down on Saturday afternoon in what will be a quick turnaround from Friday night.
Masahiro Tanaka will make his 26th start of the regular season coming off a win on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners after allowing just one earned run in seven innings of work. Over his last 11 starts, the righty is 5-3 with a 2.92 ERA with 79 strikeouts over 71 innings of work.