Boston Red Sox: Rafael Devers, Andrew Benintendi big in defeat over Yankees


Rafael Devers tied the game with a ninth inning homer off Aroldis Chapman to tie it, and Andrew Benintendi's RBI single in the 10th put Boston ahead. It was the fastest pitch hit for a home run since Major League Baseball began tracking such things in 2008.

Third baseman Eduardo Nunez was traded to Boston on July 28, just three days after Devers' big league debut, so they've been adjusting and adapting to life on the Red Sox together as veteran and rookie. "Obviously if you don't win the division you still have a chance to win a Wild Card, but I don't' think that's where the focus of yet". While battling command issues, he surrendered a game-tying home run to rookie Rafeal Devers - only the second time he's given up a home run to a left-handed hitter in his eight-year career.

The Yankees dropped to 5 1⁄2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox. With the Red Sox trying to rally off NY closer Aroldis Champman, Nunez tried to advance from second to third on a fly ball to left field. "He's jumped feet-first into this rivalry, and it couldn't come at a better time". "A little bit more fun being at Yankee Stadium, where it's enemy territory".

Sunday night in the Bronx looked to be another excellent Sale start squandered, as the Red Sox could muster just one run off Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery.

The score was tied at 1 until the eighth, when the Yankees scored the go-ahead run on Todd Frazier's sacrifice fly.

"It was a good pitch", Chapman said through a translator, acknowledging he was a little surprised to see Devers take him deep.

Given how NY has people capable of closing in their bullpen in the form of strikeout artists David Robertson and Dellin Betances, and even Tommy Kahnle, perhaps the best move would be to demote Chapman if only temporarily. The hard-throwing Cuban walked the first three batters he faced in Friday night's victory, giving up a run and likely would have more had it not been for a timely double play started by outfielder Aaron Hicks.

Something hasn't been quite right with Aroldis Chapman all season, and now it's official: the Yankees have a closer crisis on their hands.

The first one came off the bat of Luke Scott on June 26, 2011, when Chapman was on the Cincinnati Reds. The Yankees went on to a 2-1 win.

Even though he didn't record the win, Sale delivered a dominant performance with 12 strike outs during his time on the mound.

Sale was at almost his best against the Yankees in a 3-2 Sox victory even though he received no decision. Mookie Betts, who might be the best defensive rightfielder in baseball, had the ball in his sights, but it hit off his glove at the top of the wall and bounced away.