The Red Sox fell to the Yankees tonight at Fenway Park by a final score of 3-1 in a way only the Red Sox know how to do.
With starting pitcher Rick Porcello, who has been awful for much of his first season in Boston, taking the mound for the Sox against a productive Yankee lineup, things did not look good for the Red Sox. But Porcello pitched a gem, striking out 13 while only allowing three runs. But as usual when a Sox pitcher has it going, the team found a way to lose.
The Yankees scored two unearned runs off of Porcello in the fifth inning, and that would be the difference.
With the Red Sox up 1-0 with two outs and a runner on first in the fifth, Travis Shaw misplayed a routine grounder, and watched as it went into right field. Former Red Sox infielder Stephen Drew hit a double into left-center field, scoring two runs in the process.
The other Yankee run came off of a solo shot from Brett Gardner, the only earned run Porcello gave up in the game.
Despite being tagged with a loss, Porcello pitched great for his second straight outing. He pitched eight innings, giving up five hits and striking out 13 to go along with the one earned run. The 13 strikeouts marked a new career-high.
Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda held Boston to one run on four hits and picked up the win.
A night after hitting home run number 495, David Ortiz finished hitless with four strikeouts.
By Jacob Young, @Jacob_BBS