Yankees attack disappears in shutout loss against Red Sox

BOSTON – By the end of this three-game set at Fenway Park, it was hard to believe that the Yankees were easily the team for the AL East and the Red Sox in the basement.

The Yankees’ poor play began with consecutive losses at home to the Mariners and continued with a road trip in which they lost seven out of nine, including Sunday night’s 3-0 defeat in front of another sold-out crowd in a sharp 2 hours and 15 minutes. .

It was the third time the Yankees were shut out on the trip and they lost nine of the eleven when they returned to The Bronx this week to face the Rays and Blue Jays, a 10-game lead in second place. Toronto in the division .

“It wasn’t our best road trip,” said DJ LeMahieu, who missed the final with a sore right big toe. “We are all frustrated. We know how good we are as a team, we just didn’t play like that.”

They have scored eight runs in their last five games, including four losses, as they deal with injuries to LeMahieu, Giancarlo Stanton (Achilles) and Matt Carpenter (foot).

On Sunday they were surpassed by Michael Wacha.

Aaron Judge walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning.
Aaron Judge walks back to the dugout after striking out in the sixth inning.
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Michael Wacha dominated the Yankees lineup.
Michael Wacha dominated the Yankees lineup.
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In his first game back from the injured list after suffering a right shoulder injury after more than a month on the injured list, the righthander retired the first 14 batters he faced until Miguel Andujar with two outs in the fifth.

With Isiah Kiner-Falefa at the plate, Andujar swiped in second before Kiner-Falefa walked.

Kyle Higashioka followed with a hard grounder to third base, where Rafael Devers made a nice play to end the threat.

And that’s about all the Yankees could get from Wacha, who gave up only a few hits and held the Yankees to one earned run in 23 innings over his last four starts against them, dating back to last season.

Jameson Taillon pitched in the Yankees' loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
Jameson Taillon pitched in the Yankees’ loss to the Red Sox on Sunday.
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“He kind of cut through us,” said manager Aaron Boone.

It didn’t give Jameson Taillon much of a chance.

The righthander gave up three runs in seven innings, but put the Yankees in a hole in the first inning.

Taillon gave up a leadoff double to Tommy Pham, who moved to third base on a groundout by Devers and scored on a grounder to shortstop by Xander Bogaerts to give the Red Sox an 1-0 lead.

Rafael Devers (11) celebrates after his two-run homerun in the sixth inning.
Rafael Devers (11) celebrates after his two-run homerun in the sixth inning.
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Jameson Taillon reacts after Rafael Devers' homer.
Jameson Taillon reacts after Rafael Devers’ homer.
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After the Yankees wasted a pair of baserunners in the fifth, Andrew Benintendi singled to the left for their second basehit of the evening, but Aaron Judge and Josh Donaldson struckout.

Pham led off the bottom of the sixth with a single to the right and Devers got Taillon deep to make it 3-0.

Devers has 19 career home runs against the Yankees, his most against a single opponent.

Once Wacha came out, Ryan Brasier threw a scoreless eighth before Garrett Whitlock capped it off in the ninth.

“Obviously we didn’t play the way we wanted to, but we’ve put ourselves in a good position at this point in the season,” Taillon said of their significant lead in the division. “We have the people here to do” [turn it around]. It will be nice to go home after a hard road trip.”

Those were words rarely heard during the first half of the season, when the Yankees appeared to be heading for the best record in the American League.

“It’s baseball,” Judge said. “You go through these kinds of pieces. Every team does that. We are not happy with it… [but] we are in first place. If you asked me at the beginning of the year if we wanted a 10-game lead by mid-August, we’d be happy. We have to pick up and it starts [Monday]. We still have a good ball club here.”

Boone agreed they could get back to where they were earlier in the season.

“We’re getting guys back and we’ve got everything we need,” said the manager.

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