Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 5, Yankees 1

September, 14, 2013
9/14/13
4:15
PM ET


BOSTON -- The Yankees went down to noisy defeat Friday night and quiet defeat Saturday afternoon, but the result is the same. Another game off the schedule, another day off the calendar, another day closer to an October without baseball.

Counting on CC Sabathia to get them a crucial win, they instead got another depressing performance out of their former ace -- six innings, nine hits, five earned runs and a career-high 13th loss.

Playing without Alfonso Soriano, their most dangerous right-handed bat, the Yankees managed just three hits, two of them by a lefty, off Jon Lester.

Most of the teams the Yankees are chasing for the ever-more-unlikely-by-the-day second American League wild-card spot are playing later today, so some good news may still be coming.

In the meantime, on with the bad:

Struggles continue: Sabathia breezed through a seven-pitch, 1-2-3 first inning but soon ran into higher pitch counts, and trouble, beginning in the second when Mike Napoli led off with an infield single and went to second when Mark Reynolds threw the ball wide of first base. Sabathia walked Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava sacrificed Napoli to third, and Will Middlebrooks scored him with a groundout. Sabathia issued a four-pitch walk to No. 8 hitter David Ross but escaped further damage.

In the third, Dustin Pedroia singled, David Ortiz hit a RBI double, and Gomes singled in Ortiz. Suddenly, Sabathia's pitch count jumped to 50 after three innings and the Yankees were down 3-0.

Not again: The Yankees got a run back in the top of the fourth on Curtis Granderson's triple and Robinson Cano's groundout, but Sabathia immediately gave it back in the bottom of the inning on a single by Ross, a walk to No. 9 hitter Xander Bogaerts and a hard-hit RBI single by Shane Victorino. Innings like these have been the story of Sabathia's 2013 season.

Thumbs down: Soriano was scratched just before the game with a sprained right thumb. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported Soriano injured the thumb making a diving catch in Baltimore on Thursday night. No immediate word on how long he will be out, but since he joined the team on July 26, Soriano has been among the most productive hitters in the majors. He was replaced in the outfield by Ichiro Suzuki and in the cleanup spot by Alex Rodriguez.

Grand day: Granderson was the only Yankee to distinguish himself at the plate, getting two of the team's three hits off Lester, a fourth-inning triple and a sixth inning double. He also scored the Yankees' only run of the game and made an excellent running catch of David Ortiz's sinking liner to end the sixth with a runner on third.

Over-K: Lyle Overbay struck out in all three of his at-bats against Lester. He had come in batting .360 career versus the Red Sox lefty, 9-for-25 with two home runs.

What's next: The Yankees try desperately to avoid a sweep at Fenway behind Ivan Nova (8-4, 3.17), coming off a start in which he left early with triceps soreness and facing RHP Clay Buchholz (10-0, 1.61), with first pitch at 8:05 p.m. Buchholz is 2-0 with an 0.75 ERA in two starts against the Yankees this season.
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Masahiro Tanaka
WINS ERA SO IP
13 2.47 139 134
OTHER LEADERS
BAJ. Ellsbury .271
HRB. McCann 22
RBIB. McCann 71
RB. Gardner 85
OPSB. Gardner .757
ERAH. Kuroda 3.77
SOM. Tanaka 139