On Sunday night, the New York Yankees were looking to avoid being swept in the three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park and keep pace in the American League playoff race.
Before the game, the Red Sox held a ceremony for Mariano Rivera, as it was the final time the fans in Boston would ever see Rivera in uniform again since he will be retiring after the 2013 season and gave him gifts, just like other teams have done all season long.
The Yankees got off to a good start in the top of the first inning, as Alex Rodriguez's RBI groundout scored Curtis Granderson, putting the Yankees up 1-0 over Boston and their starter Clay Buchholz.
However, that lead was short-lived as Ivan Nova was really ineffective on the mound for the Yankees and the Boston offense struck early. David Ortiz's RBI single tied the game at 1-1 and then Mike Napoli hit his 22nd home run of the season; a two-run shot to center field which put the Red Sox up 3-1.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Red Sox were able to get a double steal down, which Jarrod Saltalamacchia stole home and put Boston up 4-1. Nova was done after four innings on the mound, as he allowed the four runs on six hits, walked four and struck out two.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, with Adam Warren on the mound, Mike Carp was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and forced in a run to make the game 5-1. In the bottom of the sixth inning, Daniel Nava's RBI single made it 6-1 which was followed by Ortiz's RBI single that made it 7-1.
After the fifth inning, Rodriguez left the game for the Yankees with tightness in his right calf. He had been battling tightness in his hamstring and his status for this week is unknown.
Buchholz was done pitching for Boston after six innings, allowing one run on two hits, walked four and struck out three and never really allowed the Yankees to get back into the game on Sunday night.
In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Red Sox continued to pound the Yankees bullpen as Dustin Pedroia's two-run double made it 9-1, as the Yankees were getting blown away in Boston and looked like they never had a chance in this game.
In the top of the ninth inning, the only other offense the Yankees mustered up was an RBI single by Ichiro Suzuki which made it 9-2, but that was all the Yankees were able to get, as the Red Sox completed the three-game sweep of the Yankees in Fenway Park and continue their quest to the postseason in 2013. Buchholz got the win and improved to 11-0, while Nova took the loss and dropped to 8-5
In the 2013 season series against the Red Sox, the Yankees didn't find much luck playing against Boston in 2013, as they sported a final record of 6-13 this year. Before last weekend, the Yankees were 5-7, but they lost six out of seven in their final two series to Boston, thus the bad record.
With the loss, the Yankees are 79-71, but are three games back in the American League Wild Card; the Cleveland Indians remain 2.5 games in front of them, while the Baltimore Orioles are a half game ahead of them.
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