Yankees 4-8 Red Sox: Rodon fails to keep up  his gem streak

New York Yankees pitcher Carlos Rodón, center, looks down during a meeting at the mound during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, June 15, 2024, in Boston.
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John Allen
Sunday June 16, 2024

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New York Yankees 4-8 Boston Red Sox

On Saturday night, the Boston Red Sox ended Carlos Rodón‘s remarkable seven-game winning streak, defeating the New York Yankees 8-4. Rafael Devers was instrumental in the win, hitting a two-run double that dealt a significant blow to the Yankees.

Fueled by RBI doubles from Tyler O’Neill and rookie Jamie Westbrook in the opening frame, the Red Sox bounced back from a lopsided defeat on Friday to secure a victory at Fenway Park.

This win marked only the second sellout for the ballpark this season but extended Boston’s impressive record to 33-9 when sporting their City Connect threads. The bright yellow jerseys and powder blue lettering seem to be a good luck charm, with the Red Sox boasting an 18-5 record in those uniforms over the past two years.

A Frustrating Night in Boston

Rodón’s rough outing snapped the Yankees’ winning streak. Despite his strong season, where he typically allowed three runs or fewer, the Red Sox got to him early. O’Neill and Westbrook hit RBI doubles, followed by another RBI single, putting Rodón in a tough spot. He lasted just five innings, giving up five runs.

The Yankees’ offense tried to rally with a solo homer from Juan Soto and a two-run single by DJ LeMahieu, but it wasn’t enough. The bullpen largely held the line, with Slaten striking out Stanton with the bases loaded to avert more damage. However, the Yankees’ recent road hot streak came to an end.

Yankees Stumble in Boston Despite Strong Relief Effort

LeMahieu’s single in the second inning started chipping away at the Red Sox’s lead, but the Yankees‘ comeback attempt ultimately fell short. Devers countered in the bottom half with a crucial RBI double, restoring Boston’s control.

In the seventh inning, Soto tried to ignite another rally with a solo home run off Slaten, a towering shot that cleared Fenway’s Green Monster. However, Boston added more runs in the eighth, courtesy of Duran’s RBI single and a throwing error by Trevino.

A pre-game ceremony honoring the UConn Huskies created a festive atmosphere, with local hero Alex Karaban throwing the first pitch. Unfortunately for the Yankees, that positive energy did not translate into a victory.

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Up Next

The New York Yankees are set to rely on right-hander Marcus Stroman (6-2, 2.82 ERA) for Sunday night’s matchup against the Boston Red Sox. Stroman will be pitted against Red Sox right-hander Kutter Crawford (2-6, 3.47 ERA) in a pitching showdown to conclude the series.

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