A few days after being traded to the Yankees in what amounted to, at best, a salary dump, Stephen Drew came into Fenway Park and knocked in four runs for his new team, giving New York a close 8-7 win.
Sunday's game played out a lot like Saturday's game did. Early offense for the Red Sox, a bad start letting it go to waste, and small blemishes on a largely positive bullpen performance managing to spell the difference in the end.
The Red Sox got out to another 3-0 lead, this time in the first with the Red Sox putting together five singles and a walk, forcing David Phelps to throw some 32 pitches just to send the game into the second inning. The damage might have been worse, but Xander Bogaerts stopped the rally from continuing past a two-run single from Daniel Nava by grounding into a double play with runners at first and second.
Unfortunately, just a few weeks after striking out twelve batters in a complete game shutout of the Astros, Clay Buchholz seems to have reverted to his early-season worst. Buchholz added another absolute disaster game to his 2014 resume, loading the bases three batters into the top of the second, then giving up an RBI groundout to Stephen Drew and a two-run double to Brett Gardner. Just two frames in, and Buchholz had already surrendered both three free passes, and the full measure of Boston's three-run lead.
The Sox would give him the lead right back in the bottom of the second, with Dustin Pedroia producing a rare two-run shot to make it 5-3. Buchholz even seemed set for a rebound, striking out two batters in a 1-2-3 third, but quickly surrendered a fourth run in the next inning on doubles to Brian McCann and Stephen Drew, letting the Yankees pull within one.
The Red Sox did not let off the attack even with David Phelps out of the game, as David Ortiz brought in two runs with a home run of his own, putting Boston ahead 7-4 at the time. But Buchholz' final meltdown would come from nowhere. After getting two quick outs on six pitches to start the fifth, Buchholz surrendered a double to Carlos Beltran, then completely fell apart, walking Brian McCann, surrendering a double to Chase Headley, and letting Stephen Drew cap off the comeback with a two-run single to make it seven-a-side.
If all that wasn't reminiscent enough of Saturday's disaster, Craig Breslow came in and surrendered a solo shot to the first batter he faced in the inning. On Saturday it was Mark Teixeira in the fifth, on Sunday Brett Gardner in the sixth, but the similarity is striking. The Red Sox fell behind 8-7 on the long ball, and never rallied again, managing just a pair of walks in their final four innings of work as the Yankees bullpen managed to finally start recording some outs.