Sep 25, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT
The Red Sox dropped yet another game in the first of two against the Yankees on Sunday, falling 6-2 despite a pair of homers from Jacoby Ellsbury. Meanwhile, the Rays beat the Blue Jays 5-2 and are now just a half-game out in the wild card chase.
If the Red Sox falter again tonight, they’ll enter the final three games of the series tied with Tampa Bay.
The Red Sox fell behind early yet again, as their opponents scored first for the ninth time in 10 games. The Yankees took a 2-0 lead in the first after both Brett Gardner and Derek Jeter dropped down bunt singles to start a rally. The Bombers added a two-run homer from Jorge Posada in the third, and in spite of Ellsbury’s best efforts, the Red Sox never threatened from there, as A.J. Burnett pitched into the eighth inning for the first time since July 29 and won for just the third time in the second half.
The Rays’ game played out similarly, as Tampa Bay scored two in the first and two in the third to take an early 4-1 lead. Wade Davis allowed just three hits over eight innings for his victory. B.J. Upton, Ben Zobrist, Evan Longoria and Kelly Shoppach all homered for the Rays. Zobrist’s was an inside-the-park homer on which Jose Bautista was injured crashing into the wall in right field.
Tampa Bay will finish off the regular season with a three-game series at home against the Yankees. The Red Sox will play Baltimore three times after finishing the series in New York tonight.
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 0
- Josh Hamilton’s teammates say he’s in great shape and ready to play 4
- Mike Trout hit his 100th career home run to become the youngest member of the 100 HR/100 SB club 20
- Make that two: Alex Rodriguez hits second homer of the night, giving him 658 for his career 38
- Alex Rodriguez hit his 657th career home run 48
- Let’s all just stare at Kris Bryant’s numbers for a while 28
- And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights 39
- The wait is over: The Cubs are calling up top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday 99
- The Commissioner’s Office thinks that the Angels could indeed go after Josh Hamilton under his contract (153)
- “Why Ted Cruz is like the Atlanta Braves” (150)
- “We no longer need the terrorists. We’re now so good at terrorizing ourselves.” (143)
- Another argument in favor of making the DH universal (127)
- When it comes to Josh Hamilton, Arte Moreno is a craven opportunist, not a “smart businessman” (116)