The Boston Red Sox spend Labor Day knowing they missed another chance to put away the New York Yankees in the battle for the AL East Division. After Sunday night's 9-2 thumping by the Yanks, the Sox know September is going to be a battle for the top spot.

Chris Sale simply wasn't Chris Sale, lasting only into the 5th inning because he threw 109 pitches and gave up three home runs.

Joe Kelly, Robbie Scott and Addison Reed followed Sale and all three got charged with runs as Yanks pounded out 13 hits.

As bad as the pitching was, it was the Red Sox hitting that failed them. Boston went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position last night. For the series they were 1-for-27 with RISP and for the season vs the Yankees 20-for-140.

The Sox lead is 3.5 games with 25 games to play.

Boston hosts Toronto tonight while New York plays Baltimore today.

The September stretch drive is on.