First impressions from the Red Sox' 4-2 loss to the New York Yankees:
* Alex Rodriguez's last game at Fenway was strangely uneventful.
If nothing else, A-Rod usually made things interesting in his career, always seemed to find a way to attract the spotlight.
But not Thursday, in (possibly) the final road game of his career, and (likely) his last game at Fenway.
He hit a soft liner to second in his first at-bat, popped up to second the next time, and was overmatched, down swinging, in the seventh.
Then, in his last at-bat, Rodriguez hit a squibber in front of the plate, just far enough from pitcher Brad Ziegler that Sandy Leon had no choice but to field it and throw to first as a run scored.
It wasn't exactly The Moment that Rodriguez wanted, but it did produce a run for his team.
* Eduardo Rodriguez rises to the occasion when the Yankees are the opposition.
Rodriguez had arguably his best start of the season, going seven innings while allowing just three hits and a run while walking one and fanning six.
He retired the side in order in five of his seven innings and the only ball hit hard against him was a solo homer by Austin Romine in the third.
A month ago, Rodriguez was similarly impressive on July 16 at Yankee Stadium, again limiting them to a run in seven innings.
In six career starts, Rodriguez has a 1.88 ERA against the Yankees.
And no matter the opponent, Rodriguez has turned the corner on the lost first-half of the season. Since returning from Pawtucket in July, he's made six starts and pitched into the sixth inning five times, while never allowing more than three runs.
* It came up short, but the Red Sox at least mounted a comeback threat.
After falling behind in the top of the eighth, the Red Sox went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the inning against Luis Cessa.
In the ninth, there was at least a hint of hope when Sandy Leon lined a double into the right field corner and Andrew Benintendi walked to put the potential tying run on base against closer Dellin Betances.
But Xander Bogaerts took a called third strike for the final out and the Red Sox' inability to produce a big hit in clutch situations once again
came back to haunt them.
In games in which they trail after eight innings, the Red Sox are now 3-45.