The stage was set. After four hours, the Yankees handed Mariano Rivera the ball with a 2-1 lead. Rivera would give way to a Dustin Pedroia sac fly, plating Marco Scutaro to tie the game at 2. Boston would win the game an inning later on an RBI double by Josh Reddick off Phil Hughes. It’s a devastating loss for the Bombers as they drop the series to their divisional foes and fall behind them by a game in the AL East.

Damnit

In typical Yankee-Red Sox fashion, this game lasted 4.5 hours. Josh Beckett, who was 3-0 with an 0.86 ERA against the Yanks this year, threw another good game against the Bombers. He was matched by Yankee starter, Freddy Garcia, who threw five innings of one-run ball. Joe Girardi opted to the piece the rest of the game together with Boonie, Cory Wade, Sorianer, and D-Rob. All went according to plan until Mo gave up a game tying sac fly to Dusty P.

Phil Hughes came in for the 10th and gave way to a Big Papi double, setting the stage for Josh Reddick who won it.

Brett Gardner and Eduardo Nunez each homered for the Yanks, but that was the extent of their offense.

More onto the ramifications of this loss. From my perspective, this is a crushing loss. The Yankees had the formula and blew it. It’s hard to pin a loss on Mo when the offense only mustered two runs and left 10 runners on base. But 14 of Rivera’s 72 blown saves have come to the hands of the Red Sox.

The Yankees are 2-10 against the Red Sox this year. Sabathia has gotten shelled and is 0-4. Rivera has blown saves. The Red Sox pitchers have risen to the occasion and Carl Crawford hasn’t even gotten going. Adrian Gonzlaez is the most talented player on the field and the Red Sox offense is clicking on all cylinders.

I’ll go on record with this: I’m afraid of the Boston Red Sox. When the playoffs roll around, I don’t think they can beat Boston in a seven-game series. Something’s missing from this team. I don’t know what it is, but they don’t have that killer instinct.

The Yankees will have tomorrow off, but will head home to take on the Angels.

Tuesday, 7:05 PM: Dan Haren (12-6, 2.81 ERA) vs. Ivan Nova (10-4, 3.81 ERA)