For the second straight day, the Yankees lost a game that they probably should've won. You see, they were up 6-0 this afternoon with A.J. Burnett on the mound. However, Burnett, who had stellar career numbers in Fenway Park before today, faltered, and the Yankees lacked clutch situational hitting. Those factors contributed to the Yankees' 16-11 loss at the hands of the Boston Red Sox.

While the game was still close in the seventh and eighth innings, the Yankees failed to get the runner in from third with less than two outs.

Robinson Cano went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI. However, Mike Lowell had six RBI and Jason Varitek hit a grand slam.

The Yankees built their 6-0 lead off Josh Beckett in the first four innings. But Burnett gave up five runs in the bottom half of the fourth and three more in the next inning. Before the Yankees knew it, they were trailing 8-6. Jason Bay had an RBI single and Varitek hit his grand slam in the fourth. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with a solo home run and Bay hit a two-run double in the fifth.

The Yankees tied it at 8 in the next inning on a Johnny Damon two-run home run off Beckett. Unfortunately, Jose Veras decided to be bad Jose Veras. He hit Nick Green with a pitch and gave up a double to Ellsbury. He then walked Dustin Pedroia before being pulled. A David Ortiz sacrifice fly gave the Red Sox a 9-8 lead.

A two-run error by Pedroia gave the Yankees a 10-9 lead, but the bullpen was once against unable to hold it. Jonathan Albaladejo gave up a three-run home run to Lowell to make the lead 12-10 in favor of Boston. Though the Yankees cut the lead to 12-11 on a Cano solo home run in the eighth, an RBI single by Pedoria and a three-run double by Lowell ultimately gave the Red Sox a 16-11 lead.

The Yankees used seven pitchers, and all but Phil Coke gave up an earned run. Burnett and Josh Beckett each gave up eight earned runs in a game billed as a pitchers' duel.

They will look to salvage a game in this series tomorrow night at 8:05. Andy Pettitte will face Justin Masterson.

Recap records: Recap records: Patrick: 5-2, Seamus: 3-4, Andrew: 1-2

Andrew Fletcher blogs about the Yankees regularly at Scott Proctor's Arm.