The Red Sox season continued to unravel Monday as the team dropped its third straight to the New York Yankees, blanked 5-0. It marked the fifth time this year that the Sox had been shut out.
Eduardo Rodriguez pitched a gem, limiting the Yankees to a run over six innings while striking out nine, but the bullpen couldn't keep the game close.
The Yankees beat up on rookie reliever Darwinzon Hernandez in the seventh, scoring three times to snap a streak of eight straight scoreless appearances.
The loss officially eliminated the Red Sox from contention for the A.L. East title, which the Sox had won each of the last three seasons.
WHO: Red Sox (76-67) vs. New York Yankees (94-50)
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SERIES TO DATE: NY 2-1
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: NY 13-5
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (17-5, 3.81) vs. LHP James Paxton (12-6, 4.16)
TV/RADIO: NESN, MLBN; WEEI 93.7 FM
9:21 After eight straight scoreless appearances by Hernandez, he gets cuffed around for three runs on three hits in just a third of an inning, sending his ERA from 2.83 to 3.72.
9:12 That's it for Rodriguez, who won't take a step closer to 20 wins tonight. He leaves trailing 1-0, allowing a solo homer over six innings while walking one and striking out 9. He threw 117 pitches, 72 for strikes. Darwinzon Hernandez on for the seventh.
8:35 Rodriguez falls behind Austin Romine 2-and-0 then throw a four-seamer on which Romine extends his arms and hits into the right field box seats for a solo homer, giving the Yanks a 1-0 lead.
8:26 Sox cut down a run at the plate when Rafael Devers fields a grounder and throws home to erase Encarnacion.
8:15 Luke Voit hits a booming double high off the wall in left-center. Jackie Bradley Jr. handles the carom well and unleashes a strong throw to the middle of the infield, keeping Edwin Encarnacion at third.
7:40 Eduardo Rodriguez sharp early, retiring six of the first seven hitters he's faced, including four by strikeout.