Yankees' blowout loss to Red Sox a summary of entire up-and-down season

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Andrew Benintendi's deep fly ball to left fielder Aaron Hicks was plenty enough to get Bradley Jr. home, bringing the Red Sox within a run.

In a moment that can only be described as an incredible stroke of bad luck, an errant ball struck the head New York Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery during batting practice on Saturday.

Mookie Betts hit a sharp two-run single into left field to tie the game, then Benintendi followed with his first home run of the afternoon. Together with newcomer Eduardo Nunez and rookie call-up Rafael Devers, Benintendi has sparked the Red Sox offensively, hitting.484 with three doubles, four home runs and 11 RBI in the last eight games. He's a natural lefty hitter.

"If he's safe right there", Gardner said, "the next play's a sacrifice fly and the game's tied, right?" "For whatever reason, you never know why you get the run support and why some guys don't".

Upping their record to 60-56 with a seventh straight win, the Cardinals got two doubles and three RBIs from Paul DeJong, plus two hits and two RBIs from Randal Grichuk. The Yankees chose to intentionally walk Hanley Ramirez, whose home run in the first inning was somewhere over Saskatchewan at that point - a move that surely would not have been made with runners at the corners rather than second and third. Like a newly opened gift, it was that kind of hit and that kind of game for the Red Sox.

The Yankees drew 46,509 in their eighth home sellout, matching their total in each of the last two seasons. I mean, it's a one-in-a-million chance it curves over it like that. Foxx achieved it twice - on September 7, 1938, at Fenway Park off Red Ruffing in a rain-shortened game and on October 1, 1938, when he hit a grand slam and three-run homer at Fenway.

"Great debate", Farrell said.

Or at least get reacquainted with him. Aaron Hicks got the Yankees going with a two-run homer before Didi Gregorius and Todd Frazier added RBI singles to put NY ahead 4-3.

Taillon (7-5) allowed six hits, one walk and two runs while striking out seven in six-plus innings for his first win since July 20, a span of three winless outings.

Sabathia's move was retroactive to Wednesday, a day after he allowed four runs in three innings at Toronto and left in pain. He has continued to chase fastballs up and sliders off the plate, while failing to square up the hittable pitches he was crushing in the first half, and taking way too many third-strikes. "We'll see where this goes over the next 24 hours".

A huge part of that success is the Yankees' ability to slow the Red Sox down with runners in scoring position.

After so much time away from the Yankees, Nunez said, returning in a Red Sox uniform held no special meaning.

Before the game, they placed Masahiro Tanaka on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that Montgomery was hit in the right side of his head while he signed autographs.