Red Sox come up short in 3-2 loss to Yankees

Red Sox come up short in 3-2 loss to Yankees
April 13, 2014, 11:15 pm
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NEW YORK -- In a game that featured a handful of close calls -- on the bases by the umpires, and on the warning track in the outfield -- nothing seemed to go the Red Sox way Sunday night.

They outhit the Yankees, but ultimately fell short, dropping a 3-2 decision in the series finale.

In the fourth inning, umpires overturned what had been an out call at first, which led to the Yankees third run, the difference-maker in the game.

The Sox thought Francisco Cervelli had hit into an inning-ending double play on a bang-bang play at first. But the Yankees challenged the call and had it overturned, allowing Brian McCann to score from third.

John Farrell was ejected arguing the call.

Reliever David Phelps got pinch-hitter Mike Carp swinging at a full-count slider with the bases loaded in the eighth to turn back the Sox' last, best threat.

The Sox had closed to within a run in the sixth on a solo homer from Mike Napoli, measured at about 440 feet. But in the eighth, David Ortiz was robbed of extra bases by an outstanding leaping catch by Ichiro Suzuki, who slammed into the wall and held on.

Three innings earlier, Oritz hit another ball nearly 400 feet, only to have Jacoby Ellsbury range over and track it down on the warning track in center.

The Sox scored first in the second on three consecutive singles from the bottom third of their order -- Ryan Roberts, Jackie Bradley Jr and Jonathan Herrera.

Felix Doubront (three runs allowed in 6 2/3 innings) yielded a two-run homer to Carlos Beltran in the third, a lead the Yankees never relinquished.

STAR OF THE GAME: Carlos Beltran

Beltran had three hits, including a two-run homer in the third inning. He also made his first career appearance at first base after Francisco Cervelli injured his hamstring.

HONORABLE MENTION: Ivan Nova

Nova came into Sunday night's start with an ERA of 8.68 but pitched well, limiting the Red Sox to just two runs over 7 1/3 innings.

GOAT OF THE GAME: MLB Replay System

For the second game in a row, the Red Sox seemed to be on the wrong end of a call. On Sunday, what seemed like an inconclusive replay on an extremely close call at first base was overturned, leading to the eventual winning run.

TURNING POINT: The Sox had a chance to tie the game off the Yankees bullpen in the eighth, loading the bases. Pinch-hitter Mike Carp got ahead 2-and-0, but, in an eight-pitch at-bat, swung and missed at a full-count slider, stranding three.

BY THE NUMBERS: Mike Napoli enjoyed another big night against the Yankees, with a homer and a double. Since the start of last year, he's hitting .343 with 21 RBI in 20 games against the Yankees.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "On the heels of yesterday, this one is tough to swallow. It's hard to have any faith in the (replay) system.'' John Farrell.