BOSTON — Even with Sunday’s loss to the Red Sox, the Yankees remained on the verge of clinching a playoff berth, but they also saw their best young pitcher lit up by an underwhelming Boston lineup.
Deivi Garcia was pummeled in a 10-2 loss at Fenway Park, allowing six runs in three innings.
The defeat snapped the Yankees’ season-high 10-game winning streak, as well as the team’s 12-game winning streak against Boston, which matched a franchise record against Boston.
And while the Yankees are still well-positioned to make a postseason run, with their lineup returning to health and a pitching staff that was in peak form until Sunday, the loss showed the danger of relying on an inexperienced pitcher in the postseason.
Prior to the game, manager Aaron Boone extolled “the creativity [Garcia] has on the mound to be able to navigate [lineups] and make adjustments.”
That was not on display Sunday, with Garcia looking very much like the 21-year-old rookie he is. He was hit hard all day and gave up a pair of homers to Michael Chavis, both on hanging breaking balls.
The first came in the second inning and was a two-run shot following Jackie Bradley Jr.’s…