In the middle of Saturday's game, the Yankees and Red Sox seemed headed for one of their marathon slugfests in which liners thwack off the Green Monster all afternoon and runners sprint around the Fenway bases.

Turns out, only the Red Sox got to double digits in runs in their 10-4 victory. The Yanks had their opportunities, big ones, in the fourth and fifth innings, but could not take full advantage. In fact, failing with their 3-4-5 hitters due up and runners on first and second in the fifth was the game's turning point, according to Joe Girardi .

"We had a chance to get back in the game and we didn't," the manager said.

Going into the fourth inning, the Yankees trailed, 2-0, but scored twice off John Lackey in a 36-pitch inning and could've had more. However, Lackey induced a double-play grounder by Nick Swisher with none out and the bases loaded that scored a run but also "shut down that inning a little bit," Girardi said. Lackey gave up an RBI single to the next hitter, Eric Chavez , but then retired Jorge Posada on a fly ball.

"That double play kind of killed the rhythm of the game," Swisher said. "You can't aim it, you know? I'm trying to get the ball in the air for a sac fly, but bad pitch selection there. I got a ball down in the zone and thought I could do more with it.

"I just didn't get it done."