Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Are Left Stranded

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Yankees Are Left Stranded

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BOSTON - Didi Gregorius already had four singles on Monday night as he came to bat in the ninth inning, seeking a hit that would put the Yankees ahead.

And for a flickering moment, the shortstop thought his drive off Boston's Jean Machi might result in a grand slam at Fenway Park.

"Any other stadium except for this one, it probably would've went [over the fence]," said Gregorius, whose bid for a dramatic home run expired at the right field warning track, landing in Rusney Castillo's glove as the final out.

With nothing left of their season other than to torment the Yankees, the last-place Red Sox held on for a 4-3 win before 36,148 fans, delivering a sharp jab against their old rivals on the eve of September.

"We missed an opportunity," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi, whose club lost a chance to pull even in the loss column with first- place Toronto, which stayed 1 1/2 games ahead in the AL East despite a 4-2 loss to Cleveland.

"It's really going to come down to how we play," Girardi said. "But tonight we didn't get the big hit."

After scoring 20 runs on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep at Atlanta, the Yankees (72-58) out-hit the Red Sox (61-70) by a 10-9 count on Monday.

In the eighth, Brett Gardner's pinch-hit single put runners at the corners with one out, but Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into an inning-ending double play - this time after a terrific backhand play by reliever Junichi Tazawa on a hot comebacker.

Machi inherited a 4-2 lead and weaved out of trouble to record his fourth save though he yielded a single and three walks, the last to Chase Headley, to make it 4-3.

But the right-hander struck out Greg Bird looking before Gregorius made the long, loud final out.

"I knew I was a little bit out in front [of the ball]," said Gregorius. "It went further than I thought [but] I'm not a strong guy like the other guys."

David Ortiz slugged a go-ahead home run in the fourth inning, putting Boston ahead 3-2 against starter Ivan Nova. …

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