Angry Red Sox duo tossed after letting umpire have it

Angry Red Sox duo tossed after letting umpire have it

The Red Sox have 53 defeats, one shy of their total en route to a World Series title a year ago, and dropped to 4-9 against NY this season.

Andrew Benintendi's homer off Yankees starter Domingo German tied the game in the top of the second, but by the fourth inning the Yankees, and home plate umpire Mike Estabrook, got to Sale and manager Alex Cora.

Johnson, 28, has spent more time in the minors this season than with the big league club, however. Brett Gardner proceeded to smack a two-RBI single to give the Yankees a three-run lead and D.J. LeMahieu opened the floodgates with a three-run homer. Sale (5-11) appeared to have lost his composure.

Rather than add relievers ahead of a crucial series against the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox are going in the other direction. Cora had apparently had enough of Estabrook's strike zone and told him so during a visit to the mound. The Yankees almost got another run on centre fielder Jackie Bradley Jr.'s overthrow because Sale forgot to back up the plate.

Sale was tossed for the third time in his career.

Cora, not pitching coach Dana LeVangie, went to the mound, talked to Sale and then cursed at Esterbrook. Breyvic Valera had just capitalized on a bases-loaded situation with a single to right, scoring Edwin Encarnacion, as the Yankees' bats began to heat up.

The loss dropped the Sox to 59-53, marking their longest losing streak since July 2015.

Bob Costas made his YES Network debut, filling in as Michael Kay recovers from vocal cord surgery and regular replacement Ryan Ruocco attended a family commitment.

Nonetheless, this is the group the Red Sox will live and die by over the last two months as they attempt to claw their way to a second Wild Card spot.

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