That wasn't how the Red Sox saw the opener of their three-game set going with the Yankees.
They blew a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning on a less-than-stellar performance from trade-deadline acquisition Addison Reed and walked away with an embarrasing 5-4 loss which put an end to their seven-game winning streak.
What made matters worse was the fact that recently acquired Todd Frazier, who many pundits said the Red Sox should go after, tallied the go-ahead single that scored Aaron Judge.
The Red Sox were supposed to be the team that was making a fool of the Yankees Friday night. They came in on a winning streak while the Yankees had won just three of their last nine games coming off of the trade deadline.
Boston was all about proving it didn't have to make big moves to make the team better and was in line to do it before Aaron Hicks hit a two-run home run which started the fateful rally that broke Red Sox fans hearts.
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) August 12, 2017
New York then went single, walk, single, single to make the lead 5-3 and earn the win in the opener of a three-game set that could go a long way in deciding the AL East.
Aroldis Chapman then made things interesting with three straight walks to start the ninth, but he was bailed out when Hicks nailed Eduardo Nunez trying to advance on a sacrifice fly which turned into a double play that all but ended the scoring threat.
The Yankees now get to run out Cy Young candidate Luis Severino for Saturday's game and the Red Sox have to find a way to stop the momentum from this heartbreaking loss.
Studs of the Night
Carlos Carrasco was borderline flawless in a 5-0 Indians win over the Rays Friday. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and ended up throwing eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits, walking two and striking out 10. Another starter in the AL East was a little unlucky but still awesome. Yes, Marcus Stroman gave up four runs in a 4-2 loss to the Pirates, but none of those runs were earned, and he gave up just four hits while walking one and striking out four. It may have been a loss but it was still a great start.
Duds of the Night
Brewers starters Jimmy Nelson and Braves starter Mike Foltynewicz were so bad Friday neither could escape the wrath of the Dud of the Night. In 3 2/3 innings of a loss to the Reds, Nelson gave up 11 hits and 10 runs — nine of which were earned — and walked three batters. Ouch. Then there's Foltynewicz. He didn't even make it out of the third against the Cardinals, giving up seven hits and six earned runs while walking four in 2 2/3 innings. Again, ouch.
Water covers 70 percent of the earth. The other 30 percent is covered by Byron Buxton. He proved that on a Miguel Cabrera fly ball in 9-4 win for the Twins Friday.
— MLB (@MLB) August 12, 2017
Astros (71-44) at Rangers (55-59), 8:05 ET — Globe Life Park is one of the most underrated hitters havens in all of baseball. The ball just flies out of that ballpark. And Saturday night the Rangers, who are second in the majors with 175 home runs, will get a shot at Mike Fiers, who is seventh in all of baseball in home runs allowed with 26. The Astros will be looking to stop a four-game skid that has featured three losses to the abysmal White Sox and a series-opening setback to the Rangers.