NEW YORK - The season won't reach the halfway point until Saturday night for the Red Sox, but in Game No. 80, the Red Sox may have reached an offensive low point.
Matched against struggling lefty Vidal Nuno and his 5.88 ERA, the Red Sox were somehow shutout for the seventh time and produced just three hits in an embarrassing 6-0 loss to the New York Yankees.
Nuno, who remains in the Yankee rotation only because the team has run out of other options following injuries to CC Sabathia, Michael Pineda and Ivan Nova, limited the Red Sox to just two hits over his 5 2/3 innings. In his previous two starts, Nuno had yielded 13 runs in 9 1/3 innings.
The Sox got a leadoff single from Jonny Gomes in the second and a one-out double from Brock Holt in the third. Nuno then retired 10 straight before walking David Ortiz, his final hitter of the night, with two out in the sixth.
It didn't get any better when the Yankees went to their bullpen as Dellin Betances, Adam Warren and Matt Thornton combined to blank them the rest of the way, allowing just one hit between them.
The loss dropped the Red Sox to 2-6 on their current 10-game road trip.
Starter Brandon Workman was shaky early, which was probably to be expected after a 12-day layoff that included a six-day suspension by Major League Baseball.
He was tagged for a run in the first when Jacoby Ellsbury doubled Derek Jeter (single) to third and Mark Teixeira plated Jeter with a sacrifice fly to left.
The Yankees doubled their lead in the fourth when, with two outs, Kelly Johnson drove a pitch deep into the seats in right, scoring Brian McCann ahead of him. Brett Gardner followed with a solo homer, also to right, and Workman trailed 4-0.
McCann closed out the scoring with a two-run homer off Craig Breslow in the eighth.
AT A GLANCE
STAR OF THE GAME: Vidal Nuno
Nuno entered the game with a 5.68 ERA and hadn't won since May 7, but he tamed the Red Sox on two hits over 5 2/3 innings to pick up the victory. The 5 2/3 inning stint was the longest scoreless stretch of his career.
HONORABLE MENTION: Brian McCann
McCann has been a disappointment so far for the Yankees, but not when it comes to hitting against the Red Sox. He had two hits, including a two-run homer and has hit three of his nine homers this season against Boston.
GOAT OF THE GAME: David Ortiz
Ortiz was 0-for-3 with a walk. Twice, he ended Red Sox innings and he personally stranded two baserunners -- one in the first and another, in scoring position, in the third.
TURNING POINT: The back-to-back homers in the fourth off Brandon Workman put the game effectively out of reach for the punchless Red Sox.
BY THE NUMBERS: Shortstop Stephen Drew, who hadn't collected a hit on the road trip and was 0-for-29, snapped the hitless streak with an opposite-field double in the seventh inning.
QUOTE OF NOTE: "We felt like, coming into this ballgame, we had a chance to do something against their starter but he made some pitches against us.'' John Farrell