With just 10 days left in the season, there remains two things the Red Sox can't do: beat the Yankees, and win a game in extra innings.
Those streaks of futility continued Friday night as the Sox dropped an excruciating 6-5 decision to the Yanks in 12 innings. D.J. LeMahieu doubled home the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th.
The Red Sox had chance after chance, including an opportunity to win the game with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the 11th, but couldn't produce the big hit. They were 3-for-19 with runners in scoring position.
The Yanks were down to their last out when Gary Sanchez hit a homer with two out in the top of the ninth to tie it.
The loss wasted a fine start from Martin Perez (six shutout innings) and big night at the plate for Christian Arroyo (three-run homer, four RBI).
WHO: Red Sox (19-32) vs. New York Yankees (29-21)
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
SEASON SERIES TO DATE: (NY 7-0)
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Martin Perez (3-4, 4.33) vs. LHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 4,.76)
TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI 93.7 FM
B12th: Red Sox load the bases with one out, but can't produce. Martinez was ahead 2-and-0, but struck out. Sox are 3-for-19 with RISP.
B11th: Arroyo comes through with his second big hit of the night -- a single up the middle, scoring Michael Chavis with the tying run.
T11th: Luke Voit's single to left scores Mike Tauchman with the go-ahead run and the Yankees have their first lead of the night.
B10th: Sox have first-and-second, no out and can't get the winning run home. Red Sox are 2-for-15 with RISP.
T9th: Well, there goes that. An out away from putting the Yankees away, Matt Barnes allows a game-tying homer to Gary Sanchez and we're tied at 4-4. Judging from the word he loudly exclaimed at the moment of contact, Barnes knew he had misfired and wasn't happy about it.
T7th: Hernandez's first outing in a while didn't go well: five batters faced, two walks and a single allowed. He leaves the bases loaded and two outs for Marcus Walden.
T7th: That's all for Perez, who was superb: six shutout innings, three hits, one walk, seven strikeouts. Darwinzon Hernandez on for his first appearance in three weeks.
T6th: Terrific running catch by Arroyo, who runs back and makes an over-the-shoulder catch of a popup off the bat of D.J. LeMahieu.
B5th: Christian Vazquez greets reliever Luis Cessa with a double to track in left-center, scoring Bogaerts.
B4th Christian Arroyo lofts a changeup thrown dead red and sends it over the Monster Seats for a three-run homer. That ball looked to be little more than a high fly ball to left, but it managed to keep carrying.
B4th: Red Sox execute a double steal without a throw from Gary Sanchez. How the mighty have fallen.
T4th: Perez has five strikeouts, every one of them looking, and every one has come on a sinker on the inner half.
T4th: Verudgo appeared to have a hamstring issue in the bottom of the inning. He's out of the game and replaced in RF by Tzu-Wei Lin.
B3rd: For what seems like the 20th time this season, Alex Verdugo slides safely into first base to beat out an infield hit.
T2nd: Nicely turned double play started by Christian Arroyo, who gloves a hard hop and feeds to Xander Bogaerts for a 4-6-3 that bails Perez out of a jam.
T2nd: Martin Perez continues to put the voodoo on the Yankees lineup. He's now struck out Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and Luke Voit in succession -- each one of them on called third strikes.
B1st: Red Sox pick up where they left off in Miami, unable to produce the big hit when the opportunity presents itself. Zero for two in the first inning with RISP.
B1st: I keep thinking about what the pre-2020 version of J.D. Martinez would do against lefties like Jordan Montgomery. Swinging futilely at consecutive changeups and striking out on three pitches -- as he just did -- is not a part of that vision.