Only one American League team has scored fewer runs than the Yankees this season. It’s the team that just beat them. Rather than charge into the final month of the season, the Yankees fumbled their way through a lopsided 9-4 loss to the last-place Red Sox. Rookie Shane Greene had the worst start of his young career, new No. 3 hitter Brett Gardner struck out with the bases loaded, and the Yankees lost for the fifth time in their past seven days. The Yankees had just two extra-base hits — the Red Sox had three times as many — and even when they got it right, the Yankees got it wrong. Four hits and two walks in the fifth inning turned into just two runs because of a base-running error, a sharp line drive right to the shortstop, and because Gardner went down looking at a borderline outside pitch, prompting Gardner to immediately fling his helmet and be ejected from the game. The two runs that inning came on a bases-loaded walk and a Derek Jeter infield single that had to be overturned by replay. The Yankees other runs came on home runs by Prado and Brian McCann. But it wasn’t nearly enough because the Red Sox — who rank last in the league in runs scored — pounced on Greene for six runs through 2.2 innings.
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