Beckett wasn’t at his best, but he managed to keep the Yankees from getting the big hit when they needed it (although this has not been a big accomplishment lately). He went six innings and Matt Albers and Rich Hill tossed the final three scoreless innings.
On the hill for the Yankees was CC Sabathia, who actually pitched a decent game until the 7th when he tired and allowed a three-run shot to A-Gon. David Robertson and Luis Ayala were effective coming out of the pen, but it was too little too late by that point.
The trio were probably the biggest culprits in the Yankees getting shutout as they went a combined 1-for-10. The Yankees actually got 10 baserunners on during the game which isn’t horrible, but the middle of the order is expected to drive them in and they failed in every attempt. A-Rod and Teix are not batting in the .250′s.
WHAT THIS MEANS: The Rays also lost so the Yankees don’t lose any ground in the AL East, they remain two games out, but by dropping two to the Sox they have allowed them back into the race. Considering Boston started the season 2-11, them being just four games out of the division lead at this point is quite an accomplishment.