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BSJ Game Report: Yankees 9, Red Sox 7 — Sox blow lead, get swept by Yanks

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All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 9-7 loss to the Yankees, complete with BSJ analysis and insight.



Barnes can't protect eighth-inning lead: Leading 7-6 in the bottom of the eighth, the Sox gave the ball to Matt Barnes. Barnes got the first two outs quickly, but then issued a two-out walk to Mike Tauchman. After Tauchman stole second, D.J. LeMahieu singled him home to tie the game. Barnes fell behind Aaron Judge 2-and-0 and hung a curveball which Judge clubbed it almost 460 feet. It was the second homer of the night for Judge and his fourth of the series. "Two out and nobody on, can't walk the nine-hole hitter to get to the top of their order,'' lamented Barnes. "That one stung.'' Judge may be nearly impossible to pitch to right now (six homers in the last five games), but Barnes didn't help matters when he missed location by so much. "He's pretty locked in right now,'' said Barnes. "I was trying to locate a breaker down and away since he's been handling the high heater pretty well recently -- certainly not hanging a breaking ball up and in on him. Can't do that to a guy one, who's locked in and two, has got the power that he's got. Poor sequence of events.''

Bogaerts breaks out: Xander Bogaerts had his best game of the season, clubbing four hits including two homers, and a double. He had three RBI. "Yesterday, I talked to (Tim Hyers) and J.D. (Martinez),'' Bogaerts said. ''I explained that I was stuck at the plate. I didn't feel like I had rhythm. I just felt kind of weak at the plate. I did it yesterday and it continued today and it paid off. I just felt like I couldn't do damage.'' If the Red Sox are going to be the offensive team they expected to be, they'll need Bogaerts leading the way. Bogaerts has hit cleanup for much of the season and may be the team's best pure hitter, with the ability to go the other way and also hit for power. As dispiriting as the loss, the big game for Bogaerts and Rafael Devers (who chipped in with his first homer) is perhaps something for the Sox to build upon. Together, they had six of the 10 Red Sox hits and combined for four extra-base hits.