When the Yankees rolled into New England's living room after the All Star break they were 3 ½ games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox and the deficit will be the same when they open a three-game series against the Twins in Minneapolis on Monday night.
Price's solid night wouldn't have been as good if not for center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. jumping high enough to get his glove over the center-field wall and rob the slumping Aaron Judge (1-for-18) of what would have been a two-run homer in the eighth.
Last night's loss was more of the same. They've won seven times in 26 games since.
The Red Sox were held to four hits and have gone scoreless in 22 consecutive innings after scoring a run in the third inning of Saturday's five-hour, 50-minute game.
"I thought it had a chance", Judge told reporters after the game.
As for the offense, had it not been for Matt Holliday's ninth inning blast over the Green Monster, tying the game at 1-1, the Yankees would have never been able to show off their new-found resilience.
Yesterday's doubleheader - and really, this entire four-game series to start the second half - exposed what was already known to be true.
Despite the offensive woes, the Red Sox had a chance to win all four games against the Yankees due to their pitching.
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"I don't really have a ranking system", Bradley said.
In New York's victory in the opener, the Yankees got a solo homer from Gregorius, a sacrifice fly from Ji-Man Choi and an RBI single from Ronald Torreyes.
It was the first time the Yankees have been shut out this year.
Manager Joe Girardi feels that Judge is "just missing some pitches...he's a little off". "It's not like there's no effort there. Just hit it to the wrong guy and at the wrong part of the park".
Even while winning the nightcap, the Sox were just 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
Garrett Cooper, who made his major league debut for the Yankees on Friday, doubled in the fifth for his first major league hit.
It came with a runner who was not in scoring position.