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Yankees 5, Red Sox 9: Yanks can't close out playoff berth, drop another to Boston

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Close, but not quite.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

When the Twins and Angels lost, the Yankees were just a run away from clinching a playoff spot. The Yankees were tied with the Red Sox as the game drifted further along and eventually went into extra innings. At one point, the go-ahead and would be playoff-clinching run stood just 90 feet away at third base. The Yankees just couldn't push the run across and that came back to haunt them. The Red Sox outlasted the Yankees and came away with a 9-5 win in 11 innings.

In the first inning, a returning Masahiro Tanaka got the first two outs pretty easily, but then things got away from him. He allowed a single to Xander Bogaerts, walked David Ortiz, and then gave up a home run to Travis Shaw. The Yankees quickly found themselves down 3-0. He finally got out of it shortly after that, but the Yankees were now in a hole and Tanaka had thrown over 30 pitches.

The Yankees got some of that back in the bottom of the second. After the first two hitters went down in order, Chris Young kept the inning alive with a single. Greg Bird then drew a walk, bringing Rob Refsnyder to the plate. Refsnyder dropped a hit into deep right field. It bounced into the stands for a ground-rule double. That scored Young and made it 3-1.

However, the Red Sox got that run right back in the third. Dustin Pedroia led off the inning with a ground-rule double of his own. He was able to tag up and move to third on a Bogaerts fly out, and he scored when Ortiz singled.

A couple innings later, the offense got going again. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the bottom of the fifth with a double. After Chase Headley flew out, Alex Rodriguez drew a walk. Carlos Beltran then hit a ground-rule double, scoring Ellsbury and putting two runners in scoring position. Brian McCann then grounded out, but Rodriguez was able to score on the play. Up next was Young. He drove one down the line at third. It hit off the third base umpire, keeping Young from a likely double. It did score Beltran though. The game was now tied.

Tanaka wouldn't come back out for the sixth inning as Girardi went to Justin Wilson to start the inning. It didn't start off great, but Tanaka was able to limit the damage after the very bad first inning. He went five innings, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk. Wilson allowed a double to Ortiz, but ended up throwing a scoreless inning.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the Yankees took their first lead of the game. With two outs in the inning, Rodriguez hit a solo home run, giving the Yankees a 5-4 lead.

Wilson came back out and got the first two outs of the seventh before Girardi decided to bring in Dellin Betances. Unfortunately, the first batter Betances faced was Mookie Betts, who took a pitch over the left-center field wall for a game-tying home run.

After that, neither team was able to score for quite a while. The Yankees threatened a bit more than the Red Sox did, but they filed to actually get the run across. Andrew Miller was good out of the bullpen in his two inning outing.

The failure to take their chances came back to haunt the Yankees in the top of the 11th. Andrew Bailey was brought in to pitch and he quickly allowed a single to Shaw. Brock Holt attempted to bunt him over, but he popped it up for the first out. Blake Swihart then added a single, moving Shaw to third. A Deven Marrero single then gave the Red Sox the lead. Bailey was quickly removed after that and Chasen Shreve was brought in. That didn't change much though. Jackie Bradley Jr. then laid down a sac bunt, scoring another run. Betts then hit another home run, breaking this game open and making it 9-5.

The Yankees were a run away from clinching a playoff spot earlier, but blew their chances and fell into a four-run hole. They had one last chance to right things in the bottom of the 11th. Brett Gardner got on to lead off the inning, but that was as far as the rally got. The Red Sox closed out the game and came away with a 9-5 win. They'll try again to clinch tomorrow, I guess.

The Yankees and Red Sox will wrap up their series tomorrow at 7:05 eastern. CC Sabathia will get the start for the Yankees, while Rich Hill go will for Boston.

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