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Yankees vs. Red Sox – Game Recap – August 12, 2022

BOSTON — — The New York Yankees still have a double-digit lead in the AL East and a chance to make the playoffs.

What they do once there could depend on whether the closer Clay Holmes can put things right in time.

Played with a 46th homer lead from Aaron Judge, the All-Star reliever walked back-to-back batters in the ninth, then gave up a tying single to JD Martinez on Friday night. Tommy Pham had the hit in the 10th to lead the last-place Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the first-place Yankees and send New York to its eighth loss in nine games.

“He struggled with the strikes over there obviously. This is a situation where we have to go on strike,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “It’s just a matter of locking it up mechanically and letting it rip.”

The New York pitchers struck out 12 straight Boston batters before Holmes scored two one-out in the ninth, then gave up Martinez’s single in the middle. Holmes was 4-0 with a 0.47 ERA and 16 saves in 17 tries on July 7; since then he’s 1/3 with four missed saves while allowing 11 earned runs in 11 innings.

When asked if Holmes would stay that close, Boone replied, “We’ll see.”

“I will try to put him in the best positions to succeed. Some nights it will be the ninth,” Boone said. “But we will continue to work with him. I have to make it consistent.

judge, who had his 46th major league home run and 100th RBI in third inning, reached base for the fourth time when walked to start 10th. But Garrett Whitlock fanned Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to end the threat.

In the bottom half, auto-runner Christian Arroyo took third on a groundout, then stayed there on hitter Reese McGuire’s bunt single. Pham, a trade delay acquisition, hit one on the third base line to spark a celebration in the sold-out crowd — or at least the party trying to outplay visiting Yankee fans.

“When they come to town, we expect that. We expect games like this,” said Red Sox coach Alex Cora, whose team has won its last three games against the Yankees in Boston. “They have an outstanding squad, but we’ve played well against them the last three times.”

Cora insisted the Red Sox, who are in seventh place and four games into the hunt for three wildcard spots, still have a chance of making the playoffs.

“I’ve been saying that for a while,” he said. “Few people believe me. But I think the people who really matter believe it. These are the people here.

Whitlock (3-2) struck out three and walked one in two innings.

Lou Trivino (1-7) allowed two hits and recorded one for the Yankees, who lost their third straight game.

The judge hit the first pitch of the third inning at 429 feet, over the Monster Seats and onto Lansdowne Street; he’s about to hit 66 home runs. He also walked twice and was hit by a pitch, reaching base at least three times for the fifth consecutive game.

Jose Trevino had two hits and Anthony Rizzo had a double in the first inning to lead Judge.

TO START

Yankees starter Domingo Germán was charged with one run on five hits and two walks, striking out four in six innings.

Nathan Eovaldi dodged the loss as the Red Sox rallied in ninth. He allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out three in six innings.

INDOOR SPRY

With Andrew Benintendi at first and Trevino at plate, Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped a popup then returned it to second base for strength. The decision initially left Trevino instead of Benintendi, a faster runner.

SHORT JUMPS

Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson threw a ceremonial first pitch. … The Red Sox released a landmark video for Benintendi, a member of the 2018 World Series championship team. He hadn’t played at Fenway Park since the Red Sox traded him to Kansas City before the season 2021.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Yankees: Donaldson shook it off after he ran over the dugout railing in pursuit of a rude popup. He stayed in the game.

Red Sox: Kiké Hernández went 0 for 3 with a walk and strikeout in a rehab appearance for the Double-A Portland SeaDogs. He hit second and played center field. He could join the Red Sox on Tuesday. … RHP Tyler Danish also appeared for Portland, allowing a run on a hit and two walks in one inning, striking out two.

NEXT

Yankees: RHP Frankie Montas (4-9) pitches for New York against Boston’s Kutter Crawford (3-4) in Game 2 of the three-game series.

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