NEW YORK -- Starting pitching has been the Red Sox' chief problem for most of the season, but on the current road trip, it was their offense that let them down the most.
In the trip finale, the Sox were limited to just five hits and lost to the New York Yankees, 4-1. Their only run came on a solo homer by Adrian Gonzalez in the seventh, his ninth homer in the second half of the season and fourth on this road trip.
It marked the seventh time in the 10-game trek -- during which they were 4-6 -- that the Sox were held to three runs or fewer. Other than the homer by Gonzalez, the Red Sox had only one other baserunner reach second base all night.
Josh Beckett, 5-11, allowed all four of the runs in six innings of work. Beckett has one win since May 20 and in his 21 starts this season, the Sox are 7-14.
As has been his custom too often this season, Beckett fell behind early, as Derek Jeter doubled, took third on a groundout and scored on an RBI-double from Curtis Granderson.
A second run scored on a wild pitch in the third before Beckett gave up solo homers to Ichiro Suzuki in both the fourth and sixth.
The Yankees hit eight homers in the series, each one with the bases empty.
The loss dropped the Red Sox a season-high 7 12 games back in the American League wild card race.