Yankees bail Clarke Schmidt as struggles continue

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Clarke Schmidt got a three-run lead in the seventh inning Thursday night.

Four batters later, the Yankees reliever had swept it all away.

The Red Sox manhandled Schmidt for four runs on two homers, including a three-run shot that knocked the Yankees out of the lead before they came back to win it 5-4 in 10 innings in the Bronx.

It was the second straight appearance in which Schmidt gave up multiple runs as he tried to make the case for a spot on the Yankees’ playoff roster. The right-hander had thrown three straight multi-inning outings scoreless before that.

Schmidt also had a good start from Jameson Taillon, who had thrown six shutout innings before handing the ball to him to start the seventh.

Red Sox rookie Triston Casas greeted Schmidt with a home run that just went over the porch court wall into right field to make it 3-1. Schmidt left a 1-1 slider on the plate and Casas, who had been 0-for-18, made it pay.

Clarke Schmidt reacts after giving up a three-run home run.
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Kiké Hernandez followed by scoring a single through the open right side before Schmidt walked No. 8 hitter Yu Chang on a full count.

The Red Sox then struck with catcher Reese McGuire, who got an 0-2 slider and tore it up for a three-run homer and a 4-3 lead. The homer landed in the right center field bleachers, just out of reach of a leaping Aaron Judge.

Schmidt rebounded by striking out the next three batters — the first three in Boston’s order — but the damage had been done, at least temporarily.

Schmidt, 26, had been sharp in a two-inning effort against the Red Sox last week at Fenway Park, including hitting the team against the heart of the order.

Through 24 games this year (three starts and 21 relief appearances), Schmidt boasts a 3.46 ERA. In his current role, he provides the Yankees with significant length out of the bullpen, but he was unable to provide it — or hold the lead — on Thursday.

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