Koji Blows Save, Again, as Sox Drop Series Finale to Yankees

Koji Uehara walks off the field after giving up the game-winning home run to Chase Headley, the second Yankee homer of the inning as Uehara couldn’t hold a 4-3 Red Sox lead. Kathy Willens/AP

Far out of the playoff race in the American League, the Red Sox couldn’t play spoiler against the Yankees on Thursday, ending their 10-game road trip with a 5-4 loss in the Bronx.

The bullpen tandem of Tommy Layne and Junichi Tazawa shut the Yankees down in the seventh and eighth, but Koji Uehara couldn’t hold off the Bronx Bombers in the ninth, as Mark Teixeira led off the ninth with a solo homer that tied it 4-4 before Chase Headley hit a solo shot of his own to send Yankee fans home happy.

Brandon Workman didn’t get the win, but he did finally snap his pesky eight-game losing streak, earning his second win of the year after going six innings and allowing three runs on five hits with two walks and 5 K’s. Former Sox reliever-turned Yankees starter Chris Capuano went just 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits with a walk and two strikeouts.


David Ortiz put the Sox on the board early with a scorching line drive in the top of the first that was over the short porch in right before Capuano could even turn to look at it, giving the Sox a 1-0 lead.

Ortiz was at it again in the third, this time with Mookie Betts on base, blasting another home run into the New York night to triple the Sox advantage.

The lead wouldn’t last for long, as Derek Jeter hit a two-RBI double in the bottom of the third before Brett Gardner knocked him in to tie the game 3-3.

Brock Holt put the Red Sox back on top in the fifth, hitting a solo shot, his fourth homer of the year, to make it a 4-3 game. That was all the offense the Sox would muster on the night.

The Sox ended their road trip 5-5, and now head home for three-game set against the Blue Jays starting on Friday.

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