BOSTON — After winning 10 straight, the Yankees will have to watch and wait. Rookie Deivi Garcia had the first stinker of his big-league career and the Bombers offense was quieted by a rookie making his major-league debut Sunday as the Red Sox delayed the Yankees entry into the postseason by handing them a 10-2 loss at Fenway.
Not only was the Yankees’ longest winning streak since 2012 snapped, but it stopped the Bombers from making franchise history with a 13th straight win over the Red Sox. With nothing much left to play for this season, the Red Sox at least enjoyed being a temporary spoiler.
The Yankees had to wait for the results of the Padres-Mariners to see if they were definitely one of the eight American League teams to advance to the expanded playoffs.
The Yankees and Red Sox both had to wait about 10 minutes as a fan snuck into Fenway and climbed up to the centerfield perch where they put the television cameras. He threw two blue items on the field, believed to be a cap and a football, and stood hand raised in triumph yelling “Boston Loves New York! Remember 9/11! Boston Marathon!” and some other things. As the players, coaches and the umpires watched, the fan was talked off the ledge of the platform by police and escorted out of the ballpark.
It was about the only thing the Yankees had to smile about Sunday, until Luke Voit hit his major-league leading 21st home run in the top of the ninth inning.
While the Yankees had relied on power hitting to keep their streak going, it was strong starting pitching that had sparked the winning streak. Sunday, they didn’t get it.
In what could be a glimpse of the future of this rivalry, Tanner Houck outdueled Garcia. The Red Sox’s 2017 first-rounder allowed one run on one hit in six innings. He struck out four and walked three.
The Yankees did not get a hit off of Houck until the sixth inning. Tyler Wade doubled to lead off the inning and break up the rookie’s no-hitter bid. Wade scored when Luke Voit grounded into a double play.
Garcia’s first start in Fenway, and first in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, did not go as well as his first four starts in the big leagues. The 21-year-old allowed a career-high six earned runs on eight hits, which are the most he has allowed in a major-league start. Five of those six earned runs came on a pair of homers given up to Michael Chavis — a three-run shot and a two-run dinger. Garcia also walked one and struck out two.
He generated just seven swing-and-misses Sunday, which was unusual since he had come through the minor-league ranks with a reputation of being able to miss bats. He struggled with his slider Sunday with both of Chavis’ homers coming on that pitch. Known for a devastating curveball, Garcia only threw four.
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