Freddy Garcia was chased very early, and the Yankees trailed for the rest of the night, suffering a 6-4 loss to the Red Sox.

Opening a 10-game homestand tonight the Yankees had their chances against Sox ace Jon Lester and closer Jonathan Papelbon, but ultimately weren’t able to get the timely hits they needed to grind out a win.

Recap after the jump.


The game started with a solo homer off the bat of Jacoby Ellsbury, while Adrian Gonzalez’s RBI triple and a Kevin Youkilis sacrifice fly created an early three-run cushion. A second-inning RBI double sealed Garcia’s fate after one-and-a-third, leaving Luis Ayala (1 1/3 scoreless innings) and Hector Noesi (six innings of two-run ball) to save the bullpen and keep the game close.

A three-run first-inning deficit wasn’t the only cause for concern for the Yanks. Mark Teixeira writhed in pain after being drilled by a cutter in the bottom of the first, going down hard and having to be helped gingerly into the dugout and back to the clubhouse. Fears of a fractured right kneecap haunted the thoughts of myself and many others, but it was later announced that Tex had only suffered a contusion and would be day to day. He’ll probably miss the remainder of the series if not more.

Robinson Cano drove home the Yanks’ first run with an RBI single in the first inning. After Russell Martin was plunked to load the bases the very next at-bat, the Yankees saw their first prime opportunity, which was the first of several missed chances. Nick Swisher grounded out to third base, starting a trend that would last most of the night.

Lester settled in after that, allowing a couple singles here and there but never allowing a runner past second.

The Sox went up 6-1 in the fifth inning, after David Ortiz sat dead-red on a fastball and smacked it for a two-run homer to right. Nick Swisher answered with a big at-bat in the bottom-half, lining a double to center field on a 3-1 fastball, scoring Jorge Posada and Russell Martin. The hit proved to be too little of a dent, however, as Lester got out of the inning and then followed it up by pitching a clean sixth, finishing having allowed three runs on eight hits to become the AL’s first eight-game winner.

In Posada’s final at-bat he recorded his third hit of the night, his first three-hit game of his season, ripping an RBI single in the ninth off of Papelbon to get the Yankees within two runs, 6-4. But, Papelbon struck out Alex Rodriguez swinging, securing his 200th career save and a Sox victory.

Key Stats

Two-Out RBI: All of the Yanks’ runs came with two outs.

1-for-28: Posada “broke out” of a 0-for-27 slump against lefties with a single, his first hit of the year against a left-hander.

2,988: With a 2-for-5 performance at the dish, Derek Jeter is now just 12 hits away from 3,000.

What’s Next?

The Red Sox have won six of seven games so far this season against the Yankees, including all four in the Bronx. Both teams are now tied atop the AL East, and the Yanks look to turn around their struggles against Boston tomorrow night.

Tim Wakefield (2-1, 4.40 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (6-3, 3.86 ERA)