Bosox Slow Yanks Push, 5-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — John Ryan Murphy hustled into second base, took off his shin guard, then turned to the umpire and asked for time.“You’re out,” Ryan said Tim Welke told him.That’s about as good as it got for the Yankees’ offense against Eduardo Rodriguez.Rodriguez became the first Red Sox rookie left-hander to win 10 games in 43 years, receiving help from two leaping catches by Jackie Bradley Jr., and Boston slowed New York’s march toward a postseason berth with a 5-1 victory the night of Sept. 28.The Yankees had a chance to clinch their first playoff appearance since 2012 with a win — what would’ve been their 10,000th franchise victory — and losses by Minnesota, Texas and the Angels.But scoreboard watching was rendered unnecessary when Travis Shaw and Bradley each hit two-run homers off Ivan Nova (6-10). New York managed little offense after Alex Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly in the first ended Boston pitchers’ 29-inning scoreless stretch. New York dropped five games behind Toronto in the AL East with six to play.New York has scored more than three runs just once in the first five games of this homestand.“You’re going to have hot streaks and cold streaks. Right now we feel like we are battling. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to put good innings together,” Carlos Beltran said. “Today was a day where we faced a guy who was pitching well.”The Yankees’ fourth loss in 10 games came in front of 39,476 fans, the smallest crowd for a match-up in the Bronx between these rivals since May 27, 1999, according to STATS.Rodriguez (10-6) gave up seven hits, six singles, in supplanting John Curtis, who went 11-8 in 1972, as the most recent Boston rookie lefty to reach 10 wins.Rodriguez walked one and struck out five in six innings of what interim manager Torey Lovullo said would be the 22-year-old’s final start of the season. Lovullo said Rodriguez “deserves a lot of consideration to be one of our mainstays next year.”New York loaded the bases in the second on a single, walk and second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s fielding error, then Alex Rodriguez fell to one knee as he swung under a high fastball for strike three to end the threat.“My best pitch,” E-Rod said. “I tried to throw what I want and get a strikeout.”Nova looked sharp early in his second start for Masahiro Tanaka, who is out with a right hamstring injury, allowing three hits while taking a 1-0 lead into the sixth.He faltered after Xander Bogaerts doubled under the glove of diving third baseman Chase Headley with two outs in the sixth. Shaw, who had three hits, then lined the first pitch into the short porch in right field for a 2-1 Boston lead.Bradley connected with two outs in the seventh and Blake Swihart aboard.In left field, Bradley robbed Headley in the third, running back toward the wall and leaping on the warning track for a catch. Three innings later, he raced toward the line before jumping for an over-the-shoulder catch that denied Murphy extra bases.“It was pretty amazing to see the footwork and see the reaction and see the route to the ball,” Lovullo said. “I know on one of them, Murphy thought he had a double. Jackie’s amazing.”Nova yielded seven hits and four runs in what most likely is the final start of his first year back from Tommy John surgery.“I feel really good. I feel strong,” Nova said.Tanaka passed his final hurdle, acing his fielding drills Monday afternoon. The Japanese hurler will start Sept. 30 in preparation for a possible wild-card game in one week.Deven Marrero hit his first career homer, off Caleb Cotham in the eighth, to make it 5-1.(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

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