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The Red Sox looked like they had a pretty good chance of winning game 2 in their series against the Yankees, but fell short

It really looked good for the Red Sox going into the eighth inning last night.  Especially with Kimbrel coming in, it looked like the Red Sox closer was going to shut the Yanks down and close the door. The Yankees lineup had a different idea.

The Yankees offense got going early off of Rick Porcello, who had a pretty low ERA prior to last night’s game. The Red Sox fought back into the game, however.

Mitch Moreland stayed hot last night, homering in the second inning putting the Red Sox up, 2-1.

In the bottom of the third, Porcello struggled and gave up a double and a walk. Giancarlo Stanton would then come up for the Yankees and smack a two-run double to give the Yankees the lead. The Yankee offense was able to put up another run that inning to give them a two-run lead.

Andrew Benintendi came up in the fifth inning and homered to right field to bring the Red Sox within one run. However, Porcello struggled in the fifth inning again, but was escaped a jam only allowing one run.

The Red Sox kept inching their way closer to the Yankees.  After a Xander Bogaerts double in the sixth, Mitch Moreland grounded out to move Bogaerts over to third.  Eduardo Nunez then came up and hit a deep sacrifice fly to score Bogaerts and cut the Yankees lead to one run.

Porcello started the sixth inning, but after allowing a hit, Alex Cora brought in lefty reliever, Brian Johnson.  Johnson was able to get out of the inning without allowing a run.

The seventh inning was when it started to look good for the Red Sox.  Following a Benintendi walk, Hanley Ramirez came up and sent one to the second deck in left field giving the Red Sox their first lead of the game.  It looked like they could add a few more runs in the top half of the eighth after they got two runners in scoring position with no outs. They couldn’t capitalize though and left the inning without scoring a run.

Matt Barnes started the eighth inning for the Red Sox and gave up a double to Neil Walker to start the inning.  Walker moved to third after a ground out. Alex Cora then opted to bring in closer Craig Kimbrel to try to escape the jam.  

The first batter Kimbrel faced was Brett Gardner.  Gardner tripled, scoring both runs to give the Yankees the one-run lead.  The next at-bat, Aaron Judge hit a two-run home run to put the Yankees up by three.

The Red Sox will try to avoid being swept in tonight’s game.  Eduardo Rodriguez will be on the mound for the Red Sox, while CC Sabathia.  First pitch is at 7:05 PM ET,