The Yankees start a series against Tampa after losing their series against the Red Sox

Carlos Beltran hitting during spring training.

Carlos Beltran hitting during spring training.

The Yankees lost to the Boston Red Sox 8-5 on Sunday Night Baseball in the Bronx. After winning eight of 10 games from June 10 to June 20, the Yankees have now lost six of their past eight games. They lost two out of three game that the Yankees played against the Red Sox over the weekend.

Chase Whitley, who did not allow more than  three runs in any of his first seven starts, has now allowed eight and five runs in his last two starts. This could be a sign of him wearing down because he had primarily been a reliever in his minor-league career before being called up to the Yankees earlier this season.

“I just got away from myself a little bit, and made some mistakes there, and paid for it,” Whitely said. “I was most frustrated mostly with the pitch to Ortiz, obviously, and the walk to Bradley to set up the fifth was unacceptable.”

On Sunday, he allowed eight hits, five runs and two walks against Boston. He is starting to lose the accuracy he showed in his previous starts because he has allowed five walks in his last two starts, but he only walked three batters in his first seven starts in the big leagues.

In the second inning, Stephen Drew hit a single to right that scored Mike Napoli. In the third inning, David Ortiz hit his 450th home run of his career. He drove in Brock Holt and Dustin Pedroia to make the score 4-0 Red Sox. It makes sense that he set that milestone against the Yankees since he has hit so many homers against them during his career.

For the first run of the game for the Yankees Derek Jeter drove in Ichiro Suzuki in the third inning. Ichiro was on third and Jeter hit his single on a 3-2 count with two outs. Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran both hit solo homers in the fourth inning to reduce Boston’s lead to 4-3. Teixeira hit his team-leading 15th homer and drove in his team-leading 41st RBI. Beltran led the team with his three hits, but it was not enough as the pitching could not contain the Red Sox offense.

Beltran’s homer was his 366th of his  borderline Hall of Fame career. He is in his 17th season after previously playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, New York Mets, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. He is now tied with Lance Berkman for fourth place in the all-time homers list among switch hitters.

In the fifth inning, with Shawn Kelley pitching after Whitley was taken out after allowing a walk to leadoff the inning, Pedroia hit a single to right that scored Jackie Bradley Jr. and Holt. Daniel Nava scored Boston’s seventh run as David Huff caught Pedroia stealing, which allowed Nava to score. The three Yankees pitchers that pitched in the fifth inning threw a combined 42 pitches.

In the fifth inning the Yankees scored their fourth and fifth runs of the game. After Ichiro’s triple to lead off the inning, Brett Gardner hit a double to deep right to score Ichiro. After Jeter’s sacrifice ground out advanced Gardner to third, Jacoby Ellsbury’s ground out drove in Gardner. The Red Sox added an insurance run in the sixth off of Dellin Betances, but the run was charged to Huff.

The Yankees will need to acquire a pitcher via trade in the next few weeks to replace Vidal Nuno or Chase Whitley in the rotation. CC Sabathia should be able to return around the All-Star Break. Sabathia allowed two runs on three hits in 2.1 innings for High-A Tampa on Saturday. His second rehab start is scheduled to take place on Thursday for Double-A Trenton.

The Yankees are now two games behind the first place Toronto Blue Jays even though Toronto has lost their past three games. They will start a three game series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night at 7:05 p.m. David Phelps, who only six runs in his last start, will pitch for the Yankees and Chris Archer (4-5) will get the start for the Rays.

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