Collapse of epic proportions

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Collapse of epic proportions

BOSTON On their way to what appeared would be -- and should have been -- a comfortable win, just their fifth this season, the Red Sox suffered the most demoralizing of their 10 losses this early season.

The Yankees came back from being nine runs down after the fifth, to handing the Sox an embarrassing 15-9 loss.

Left-hander Felix Doubront handed the bullpen what should have been a comfortable eight-run lead after six innings. But instead of holding on, giving Doubront his first big league win since August 2010, the bullpen imploded, giving up 15 runs in two innings.

The Yankees sent 23 total batters to the plate in seventh and eighth innings with 14 scoring.

Doubront went six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. The lone run came on a Mark Teixeira sixth-inning solo homer from the right side. When he left the game, the Sox had a 9-1 lead.

Manager Bobby Valentine used every reliever except Scott Atchison all were equally ineffective. Vicente Padilla gave up five runs. Matt Albers gave up two. Franklin Morales, one. Alfredo Aceves who entered in the eighth for what was a six-out save situation gave up five. Justin Thomas, one. Only Junichi Tazawa, who pitched 1 13 innings, did not give up a run.

The last time the Red Sox blew a nine-run lead to the Yankees was June 26, 1987, in Yankee Stadium.

Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

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Quotes, notes and stars: Barnes takes the blame in loss

BOSTON -- Quotes, notes and stars from the Red Sox’ 10-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals:

QUOTES

“That one’s one me. I’ve got to do a better job of securing that lead and getting out of that inning.” - Matt Barnes on giving up the lead.

“When he tries to go down and away to right-handers, the ball’s leaking back to the middle a bit. That was the case against [Lorenzo] Cain [and Raul] Mondesi in this case tonight. It’s on the plate first pitch, bases loaded he’s trying to get a strike to get ahead. But in general, Barnes has pitched to the edge at times and missed, and then when he’s on the plate it’s probably found the middle of the plate a bit too much.” - John Farrell on Barnes’ outing.

“I think everybody in that bullpen believes in every single person down there.” - Barnes said on the bullpen.

“It was good, everything was good . . . Just the fastball command was a little out of control.” - Eduardo Rodriguez on his left hamstring and his performance.

 

NOTES

* David Ortiz launched his 31st home run of the season, which also marked the 534th of his career, tying Jimmie Foxx for 18th on the all-time home run chart.

* Mookie Betts recorded his Major League-leading 56th multi-hit game of the season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. finished 1-for-2, bumping his average to .317 (77-for-243) at Fenway this season.

* The Red Sox grounded into four double plays, tying their season high on 6/12 against Minnesota.

* Matt Barnes’ ERA jumped from 3.68 before Sunday’s game to 4.45 after giving up 5 runs without recording an out.

 

STARS

1) Raul Mondesi

Mondesi’s bases-clearing triple in the sixth opened the floodgates and gave Kansas City the lead they would continue to build off.

2) Matt Strahm

 Strahm relieved Yordano Ventura after his short 4 and 1/3-inning outing. He held the Red Sox scoreless through 2.2 innings to earn his second win of the season.

3) Salvador Perez

Perez launched his sixth home run in his last eight games against Boston. He became the Royal to homer in three-straight games at Fenway since Billy Butler did in 2011.