NEW YORK (AP) — Daniel Nava got picked off and manager John Farrell sounded ticked off.
In yet another glaring sign that the season has slipped away for the Boston Red Sox, Nava got nabbed at first base by Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. It wasn’t so much that Nava was nailed – rather, he looked so incredibly nonchalant returning to the bag.
“He caught Daniel off-guard. There’s no question about it,” Farrell said after a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.
Boston kept up its weeklong pattern of alternating wins and losses. A day after battering the Yankees, the last-place Red Sox reverted to what they’ve become – the lowest-scoring team in the AL, a year after winning the World Series.
It was 2-0 when Nava led off the fifth with a single. Kuroda toyed with him, soft-tossing one pickoff attempt and later looking back Nava without making a throw.
Moments later, Kuroda zipped a throw and Nava seemed to have no idea it was coming so fast. He casually took a couple of steps and first baseman Mark Teixeira tagged him out.
“Daniel just didn’t finish getting back to the bag. Kuroda set it up the previous pick where he stepped back with a little bit more of a lob throw, and then made a quick move,” Farrell said.
Farrell said Nava must correct the mistakes he’s making on the bases and in the field.
“It’s needs to improve, yes, and those are reminders that are continually given,” Farrell said. “Conversations to anticipate certain plays. That continues to be followed through on.”
A half-hour after the game, Nava had not come out to meet the media.
Brian McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits as the Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak.
McCann homered a day earlier as the Yankees lost to Boston, leaving them five games behind for the second AL wild-card spot. In the rematch with the Red Sox, he drove in three runs and gave an early cushion to Kuroda (10-8).
Kuroda gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk. He evened his mark at 78-78 in seven seasons for the Yankees and Dodgers.
Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) lost for the first time in his four starts since making his big league debut.
McCann connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot in the second. The drive quieted Ranaudo’s sizable cheering section – raised in central New Jersey, he beat the Yankees last month in his first game.
“I was a little disappointed that we lost the game in general, that the team lost the game,” Ranaudo said. “I wasn’t really worried about my family or friends. It’s great that they were here, that they support me and everything like that, but the team is definitely way more important.”
McCann got four hits for the 11th time in his career, capped by an RBI single in the seventh.
A day after bad baserunning dearly cost the Yankees, they tried a double steal in the first. Instead, Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner ran right into a double play.
Jeter was on second and Gardner was on first when they took off. Catcher Christian Vazquez targeted the trailing runner, trapping Gardner in a rundown. Second baseman Jemile Weeks suddenly threw across to catch Jeter straying off third, and third baseman Brock Holt’s toss got Gardner at second.
Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth game in a row because of concussion-like symptoms. Farrell said Pedroia took early batting practice and passed an online test in his recovery. Farrell said he was “optimistic” Pedroia would play during Boston’s upcoming homestand, which starts Friday night.
Yankees: INF-OF Martin Prado has temporarily been shut down because of a mild strain of his left hamstring. He was hurt Tuesday night, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said “hopefully it’s just a day or two.”
Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman (1-8, 4.93 ERA) starts the series finale Thursday night against LHP Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.24). Capuano began the season with Boston and pitched 28 times in relief before being released. He later played in the minors for Colorado and joined the Yankees in late July.