NEW YORK -- First impressions from the Red Sox' 3-2 loss to the Yankees.
Rick Porcello wasn't at his best, but he still pitched pretty well.
Porcello allowed a run in each of the first two innings, then, after allowing a leadoff double to start the third, retired 12 of the next 13 hitters he faced.
He was at 97 pitches after six innings when he left a changeup over the middle of the plate to Aaron Hicks, who hit it out to right for his first homer of the season.
Gopher balls continue to be an issue for Porcello. He's allowed six in six starts.
The sacrifice attempt by Mookie Betts was ill-advised.
After a leadoff double by Christian Vazquez to open the seventh, Betts tried to get a bunt down, and instead, popped it up and fouled out.
But why was Betts bunting in the first place. The go-ahead run was already in scoring position and the Red Sox had the top of the order coming up.
Moreover, Betts was facing a lefty, Chasen Shreve, and a base-hit would have put the Red Sox ahead.
The Sox have wisely eschewed the bunt this season -- they had attempted to sacrifice just once before last night.
Joe Girardi was feeling desperate. Reliever Dellin Betances had pitched the previous two games and had never before pitched three days in a row.
But the Yankees are reeling, with the second-worst record in the American League and fresh off a 2-9 road trip. This is the start of a key 10-game homestand for the Yankees and Girardi was intent on getting this one in the late innings.
It wasn't as though the Red Sox didn't have their chances
In the sixth, the Sox used three straight singles to load the bases with one out. But Jackie Bradley Jr. hit into an inning-ending double play.
An inning later, the Sox had Vazquez in scoring position with no out and couldn't advance him to third, much less home plate. Finally, in the ninth, the Sox loaded the bases with one out and couldn't push the tying run across.
Even in the first, the Sox seemed to have Michael Pineda on the ropes with two runs in, two on base and two out. But Pineda fanned Brock Holt.
In all, the Sox stranded 13, including eight in scoring position.