The Boston Red Sox left three runners on the trails in the ninth inning and lost for the third straight time to the Yankees, this time 7-5 on Saturday in New York.
Winners reliever Scott Effross got hot before signing his third save of the campaign. In the final round, he allowed a single and a free pass in addition to hitting Xander Bogaerts with a pitch. The hosts snuffed out the threat, however, and ended the game by pulling Triston Casas and Bobby Dalbec out on the same play. ball of the season to tie Roger Maris' team record. He didn't hit any balls from the safe.
Instead, Gleyber Torres, Oswaldo Cabrera and Anthony Rizzo led the charge for the Bronx Bombers by each hitting a long ball.
Yankees starting gunner Domingo German allowed three hits and as many earned runs in five innings. Lucas Luetge (4-4) scored the win, although he allowed three strikes from the safe in two-thirds of an inning.
Casas and Reese McGuire had both stretched their arms to claim a lead two runs to the visitors in the second set. Bogaerts and Alex Verdugo also stood out with two hits apiece.
John Schreiber (3-4) took the backhand after seeing Rizzo hit the home run at his expense.
The Red Sox will try to avoid the sweep on Sunday.