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Monday, July 22, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 8, Yankees 7 (11)

By Andrew Marchand



BOSTON -- The New York Yankees were hurt by another poor start by CC Sabathia. They fought back in this extremely long game, but finally lost when Mike Napoli hit a mammoth game-winning home run off Adam Warren in the 11th inning. It was Napoli's second homer of the game.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Yankees lose two of three in Boston. They are seven games behind the Red Sox in the AL East. It was a disappointing end to a four-hour, 46-minute marathon.

ACE-LESS: Looking to reboot his season after what he called a "terrible" first half, Sabathia had more of the same on Sunday night. Given a three-run lead after two innings, Sabathia gave it right back and then some.

In the third, Sabathia allowed four runs, three of which came on a Napoli homer that traveled over the Green Monster and out of the stadium. In the fourth, Sabathia gave up another two runs. In the fifth, Jonny Gomes took him deep. By the sixth, Sabathia was gone.

Sabathia's line was U-G-L-Y. He went five innings, allowing seven runs on nine hits. He struck out five and walked two. He also hit a couple of batters. He has now allowed a career-high 23 homers in a season. We are not even into August.

TYING IT UP: After falling behind 7-3, the Yankees came back, putting up two spots in the sixth and the seventh. In the sixth, Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano nailed RBI singles. The Yankees could have had more, but Lyle Overbay hit into a bases-loaded double play to end the inning.

In the seventh, Chris Stewart took advantage of inexperienced Red Sox third baseman Jose Iglesias, bunting for a hit. Iglesias ended up throwing the ball away, allowing a run to score. Luis Cruz's RBI groundout tied the game.

Again, the Yankees could have had more. After Gardner's incredible 15-pitch walk, Ichiro Suzuki grounded out with runners on the corners to end the inning.

A LITTLE HELP: The Yankees scored two in the first inning thanks in large part to the Red Sox defense. After Gardner singled to lead off, Ichiro hit into what could have been a possible double play. Instead Ryan Dempster threw the ball into center field. The Yankees had first and third and no outs.

Next, Jarrod Saltalamacchia threw a ball into center field as Ichiro stole second. Gardner came home. After a Cano walk and an out, Vernon Wells singled home another run.

With Cano on second, Travis Hafner -- who is almost an automatic out these days -- struck out and Eduardo Nunez grounded out.

In the second, Cano hit an RBI single to give Sabathia his 3-0 lead to work with.

GARDNER'S NIGHT: It ended up not leading to anything, but Gardner's 15-pitch walk in the seventh against Junichi Tazawa took almost 10 minutes.

Gardner reached base five times at Fenway, becoming the first Yankee to do that since Mickey Mantle, according to ESPN researcher Katie Sharp.

NO CONFIDENCE: Hafner, who is only on the team to hit, was pinch hit for with Brent Lillibridge against lefty Craig Breslow in the seventh. Lillibridge is a career .206 hitter. He popped out.

HOUDINI: In the eighth with the game tied, David Robertson loaded the bases, with help from an error by Cruz. Robertson escaped by forcing a Napoli double play.

OVERDONE: In the 10th, Gardner and Cano got on against Drake Britton with one out. Overbay hit into another double play.

NOT TOO MANY HOMERS: The Yankees didn't homer in the series. Last time that happened here? Eighteen years ago.

ON-DECK: Johnette Howard will write a column on the problems with Sabathia and Alex Rodriguez. I'll patrol the clubhouse looking for all the news that is fit to put on the Internet.