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BSJ Game Report: Yankees 9, Red Sox 6 – Sox can’t get the sweep they need

All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 9-6 loss to the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Sale regresses: Red Sox starter Chris Sale had shown signs of turning the corner in his last couple of starts. He tossed six shutout innings against Toronto on the first homestand after the All-Star break, allowing just two hits. Then, he gave up just two runs over six innings against Tampa Bay. But with the Red Sox going for the sweep of the Yankees Sunday, Sale took a step backward, yielding six runs in 5.1 innings. Twice, he issued one-out walks and then gave up two-homers to the next hitter. Then in the sixth, his final inning of work, he issued a leadoff walk, after a forceout, gave up a run-scoring double. "The walks kind of put him in a bad spot,'' bemoaned Alex Cora. "The command was OK, the slider was on-and-off, I think. But the walks put him in a bad spot.

Bradley's mental error proves costly: A key point in the game came in the seventh inning. The Yankees had the bases loaded and one out when Didi Gregorius hit a flyball to shallow center field. Jackie Bradley Jr. came sprinting in and made a basket catch in shallow center. Bradley checked the runner at third, saw that he didn't have a play at second and then