Defensive lapses croak Sox: Four of the five runs scored by the Yankees came in the fourth, and all four came as a direct result of some poor defensive play by J.D. Martinez in right field. First, with a runner on first and one out, Martinez failed to catch a liner right at him, struggling with the tough sun field. Then, Martinez went chasing after a ball near the right-field line, only to pull up when he saw second baseman Brock Holt going after the ball. It dropped in for a ground-rule double, scoring two. "As an outfielder, you've got take charge on that one,'' said AlexCora. And the next batter, Edwin Encarnacion, hit a two-run homer, ending a highly costly sequence. Cora said he had Martinez in the outfield -- and Jackie Bradley Jr. on the bench -- because "we need to score runs; we've been struggling against lefties.'' In the end, however, the choice of Martinez in right proved costly.
Sox continue to struggle against lefties: New York starter J.A. Happ turned in 6.1 innings of shutout ball against the Sox, who dropped to 20-26 in games started by lefthanders this season. Cora had