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The Yankees are quickly going from bad to worse.
Hoping a seven-game homestand against division rivals would help them move up the AL East standings, the Yankees instead got run over, with four straight losses to close it out.
The last one came with some drama, as the Yankees blew a lead — and a chance to win it in the bottom of the ninth and fell 6-5 in 10 innings.
The Red Sox scored twice in the 10th on a two-out single by Xander Bogaerts off Luis Cessa and the Yankees couldn’t come back in the bottom of the inning.
With Rougned Odor at second, Clint Frazier got hit by a pitch, but Miguel Andujar grounded into a double play turned well by Boston right-hander Phillips Valdez.
Tyler Wade, in the game for defense, came to the plate and hit a slow roller for a single to score Odor. He got to second on a throwing error by Marwin Gonzalez.
But DJ LeMahieu grounded to second to end it.
In the ninth, the Yankees came up with a run, but could have won it.
Gleyber Torres tied the game with a one-out double that scored Aaron Judge from first. With runners on the corners, pinch-hitter Odor was called out on strikes on a brutal call from home plate umpire Gabe Morales on a full count to end the inning.
Third base coach Phil Nevin, still not allowed on the field as he is treated for the aftereffects of his battle with COVID, was ejected for arguing the call from the dugout.
The Yankees made costly mistakes throughout the game, with an especially costly miscue in the top of the eighth, courtesy of the struggling LeMahieu.
Christian Arroyo, pinch hitting for Danny Santana, led off the inning against Wandy Peralta with a pop-up to shallow right that was dropped by LeMahieu, with right fielder Frazier unable to get to the ball. Arroyo got to second on the play — scored a double. He went to third on a groundout and Bogaerts’ sacrifice fly to deep center drove in Arroyo to give the Red Sox a 4-3 lead.
The collapse, though, started earlier.
Holding a 3-1 lead going into the seventh, the Yankees saw Lucas Luetge give a game-tying two-run homer to Gonzalez.
Luetge entered the game in the sixth, when Domingo German was removed with two outs after throwing just 84 pitches. He had mostly cruised since giving up a long homer to Alex Verdugo two batters into the game.
And then there was the lineup, that quickly fizzled again after a promising start.
The end result is a miserable 3-10 stretch since the Yankees had a six-game winning streak seemingly months ago.
The loss also dropped the Yankees into fourth place in the AL East — also trailing Toronto — and a season-worst 6 ½ games back of front-running Tampa Bay.
After Verdugo’s first-inning homer landed in the bleachers in right with one out in the first, the Yankees came back in the bottom of the inning with four straight one-out hits.
Judge started the rally with a sharp single and Torres followed with one to center.
A liner to center by Gio Urshela loaded the bases for Gary Sanchez, who delivered a two-run double to left to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead.
After a visit from pitching coach Dave Bush, Garrett Richards responded by striking out Chris Gittens and then got Frazier looking, as the Yankees stranded a pair of runners in scoring position.
Two season-long issues continued in the third.
Judge led off with another rocket single, but was erased on a Torres double play. Urshela and Sanchez then added hits, but Gittens whiffed for the second time of the game to end the inning.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the fourth with a single from Andujar and walks by Brett Gardner and LeMahieu.
Judge was then robbed of a hit by second baseman Gonzalez, who made a sliding stop of his grounder up the middle. Bogaerts grabbed Gonzalez’s low throw for the force at second.
Andujar scored on the play, but Torres grounded out to end the inning with the Yankees up just 3-1.
German got two straight pop outs to left to start the sixth before he walked Bogaerts on four pitches to end his night.
Luetge faltered for a second outing in a row. He walked Hunter Renfroe to start the seventh and then allowed a two-run shot to Gonzalez to tie the game at 3-3.
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