NEW YORK — Jhony Brito paced around the mound during the first inning on Friday evening, adjusting the cap upon his head. The rookie right-hander had faced four Red Sox batters, all of them coming around to score, three on Masataka Yoshida’s home run to the right-field seats.
The Yankees’ woes continued, as Brito was thumped for seven runs (six earned) as the Bombers opened their homestand with a sixth consecutive loss, falling to the Red Sox, 8-3.
At 60-62, the Yankees not only missed an opportunity to gain ground on Boston in the AL Wild Card chase, but their active streak of 30 consecutive winning seasons remains in jeopardy. The Yankees haven’t finished below .500 since 1993, the second longest streak in franchise history behind a stretch of 39 consecutive seasons from 1926-64.
Yoshida drove in four of the seven runs against Brito, who was also knocked for a pair of Justin Turner RBI singles and a Rafael Devers run-scoring hit. A Gleyber Torres error helped to set up Boston’s three-run second inning.
DJ LeMahieu’s third-inning RBI groundout marked the Yankees’ first run since Monday at Atlanta, as the Braves blanked New York in the final two games of that series.