NEW YORK -- No, that wasn't a full moon behind the center-field scoreboard in Yankee Stadium on Monday night. A tweeting stargazer corrected that misimpression, letting it be known that the moon had gone full two days earlier, and this one was waning.
OK, the Red Sox have been waning now for what seems like months, and it was no different Monday, when they fell 10-2 to the Yankees on a night that the Bombers tied a club record with four home runs in one inning (the second, when they scored nine times).
Clay Buchholz made some history of his own when he became the first Sox starting pitcher ever to allow the Yankees eight runs in two innings or less, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Buchholz gave up home runs to Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Russell Martin. Reliever Alfredo Aceves gave up a home run to the first batter he faced in the inning, Mark Teixeira.
Buchholz, who gave up five home runs in six innings to the Yankees in the Fenway Park 100th anniversary game on April 20, went 0-5 in his last eight starts dating to Aug. 16.
The Sox are 7-20 since Sept. 1, matching last autumn's Great Collapse with two games to go, and are 16-40 since Aug. 1.
The Sox played without second baseman Dustin Pedroia and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, leaving them with just two players from the Opening Day lineup: outfielder Cody Ross and catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The salaries of the Sox starting lineup totalled approximately $12.5 million; the Yankees' starting lineup, $149.7 million.
"You play the cards you're dealt," manager Bobby Valentine said.