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.
OXON HILL, Md. - Aroldis Chapman found a spot in a most familiar bullpen - a very rich spot, too.
The hard-throwing closer reached agreement to return to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night with the highest-priced contract ever for a relief pitcher, an $86 million deal for five years.
A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press that the contract was pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet complete.
Once it's done, the 28-year-old lefty whose fastballs routinely top 100 mph would shatter the previous richest contract for a reliever - that was the $62 million, four-year deal Mark Melancon signed with San Francisco just a couple days ago during the winter meetings.
Chapman was acquired by New York from the Cincinnati Reds last offseason, then missed the first 29 games of the season due to a domestic violence suspension from Major League Baseball. The Cuban was traded to the Chicago Cubs in late July and helped them win the World Series, becoming a free agent when it was over.
Chapman went 4-1 with 36 saves and a 1.55 ERA in a combined 59 games for the Yankees and Cubs. He struggled some in the postseason as the Cubs beat Cleveland for their first championship since 1908.
With the Yankees this season, Chapman teamed with Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances in one of the most dominant bullpens in baseball history. Miller was later traded to Cleveland, but Betances is still with New York.
Earlier this week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said the team was interested in both Chapman and fellow free agent closer Kenley Jansen. The Yankees had already made one deal at these meetings, signing slugger Matt Holliday, before paying a lot more to bring Chapman back to the Bronx.
Fox Sports first reported the agreement.
Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.
The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.
"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."
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