BOSTON — The winning streak was short-lived.
At 4:19 p.m. Sunday the Yankees won back-to-back games for the first time in more than a month.
By 11:10 p.m. Sunday they lost 3-0 to the Red Sox to split their day-night doubleheader at Fenway Park. It was the first time they’ve been shutout this season.
The Yankees have typically gotten the best of David Price since he signed with Boston for $217 million, but this time he got the best of them. Price — who had allowed five or more runs in five of his first six starts against the Bombers as a member of the BoSox (8.31 ERA) — allowed no runs on seven hits in eight innings on Sunday. He walked none and struck out eight.
The two rivals also split the four-game series, which both started and ended with the Yankees 3.5 games behind the Red Sox in the AL East standings.
Masahiro Tanaka also pitched extremely well. However, he hung a slider which Mookie Betts sent 410 feet over the Green Monster for a two-out, two-run homer in the third. Tanaka was ultimately charged with three runs on eight hits over 7.2 innings. He walked none and struck out nine.
PLAY OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge was robbed of his 31st homer of the season by a leaping Jackie Bradley Jr. in the eighth inning with one of the best catches you’ll ever see out in the Bermuda Triangle in centerfield. Judge sent a 95.3 mph fastball from David Price 411 feet.
Mookie Betts’ homer. There were two outs and no score at the time. Masahiro Tanaka made a mistake, and Betts showed why he’s one of the most dynamic hitters in the game, making him pay. It ended Boston’s scoreless streak at 24 innings.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
David Price. This performance should earn him some praise around town.
STAT OF THE GAME
Aaron Judge went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and finished the series 1-for-18 with six strikeouts and three walks. But as evidenced by Judge’s final at-bat, his swing looks fine. He has been robbed of three homers in 2017: one by the umpires, one by Melky Cabrera and one by Jackie Bradley Jr.
Mookie Betts, whose speed later caused a Starlin Castro throwing error that allowed him to take second on an infield single in the sixth. He eventually scored on Dustin Pedroia’s RBI single.
The Yankees went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left eight.
Monday at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. ET TBA vs. Adalberto Mejia (4-4, 4.43 ERA)