NEW YORK -- The electronic prompts to make noise had been silenced for the night by malfunction, and yet the largest crowd on hand at Yankee Stadium this season was making those reminders completely unnecessary.
The building in the South Bronx rocked with life in the eighth inning on Friday as the tying runs appeared on base. But just like the public address system, the offense shorted out, leaving the Yankees to ponder a 5-4 loss to the Red Sox.
"We're putting ourselves in good situations -- we're just not coming up with that big hit," said Jorge Posada, who hit a weak ground ball to end the eighth. "That's not us. We know we can come up with a big hit."
It has proven more elusive than they'd like. Trailing by three runs after Joba Chamberlain allowed an Adrian Gonzalez sacrifice fly and a two-run Kevin Youkilis homer in the seventh, the Yankees still had some fight.
Curtis Granderson opened the eighth with a triple to deep left-center field and scored on a Daniel Bard wild pitch, and Bard created a mess with a walk and a hit-by-pitch, which led to a daring double steal by Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano.
The crowd of 48,254 cheered the Yankees forward without artificial help, but Nick Swisher chased a high fastball for strike three and Bard battled back from a 3-0 count to get Posada to bounce out harmlessly.
"I think there's no question we need to do better," Rodriguez said. "One through nine, we need to step up and have more quality at-bats and come up with big hits. We haven't done that over the last week -- or much longer."
New York would even add a run off closer Jonathan Papelbon, who had the Yankees down to their final strike before allowing back-to-back hits to Derek Jeter and Granderson, but the Boston closer got Mark Teixeira to pop up for the final out.
"It goes in waves," said Teixeira, who went hitless in five at-bats. "You go in waves where you score a lot of runs and you go in waves where you don't. Right now, we're just not scoring a ton of runs like we're capable of."
Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs for the Red Sox, who squeezed a seven-inning start out of Clay Buchholz that had the Yankees offering rave reviews.
"I thought Buchholz's movement on his fastball was as good as I've ever seen it tonight," manager Joe Girardi said. "He had as much sink as I've seen him have."
Buchholz limited the Yankees to five hits, walking one and striking out seven in 110 pitches, before entrusting Bard and Papelbon to help lock up the starter's third straight victory.
Buchholz's only blemish came on Russell Martin's two-run homer in the fourth, Martin's seventh of the season and his first since April 23. But Buchholz said he wasn't looking at the Yankees as a soft opponent.
"They always seem to come out of their struggles whenever we come here or they come to Fenway," Buchholz said. "This is the toughest place mentally to pitch, I think, just because you have all of the fans out there. They all hate us."
Some of that home-field advantage would spill onto the Major Deegan Expressway after honoring Bartolo Colon with a standing ovation, as he exited a tied game after facing one batter in the seventh.
Colon had allowed just two runs, both in the fourth inning, and one of those was unearned. After Gonzalez's homer, Martin permitted Youkilis to reach on a passed-ball strikeout.
The righty issued a walk to David Ortiz before recording a slick fielder's choice himself on an infield tapper. After another walk, Carl Crawford brought in Boston's second run with a groundout.
"Everything was right there where I wanted it," Colon said through an interpreter. "The only thing was the location on the home run. That's the only mistake I made."
In the seventh, Girardi said 103 pitches was enough from Colon, noting that Jacoby Ellsbury had given Colon tough at-bats all night.
Chamberlain induced a fielder's choice for the first out but then allowed a Dustin Pedroia single, and Gonzalez -- playing his first game in Yankee Stadium -- belted a ball to deep left field that got the run in.
Youkilis then exacted some measure of revenge from his repeated run-ins with Chamberlain over the years, clearing the right-field wall to put Boston up by three runs.
"I knew it wasn't a good pitch as soon as I let it go," Chamberlain said. "Obviously, Youk is a great hitter, and with his approach and what we'd done early, I thought it was something we could do. As soon as it left my hand, I knew he'd put a good swing on it."
The inning might have turned out differently if Cano had been able to turn a double play on a grounder hit by Ellsbury off Chamberlain. Instead, the ball only erased Jarrod Saltalamacchia for the first out.
"I don't think he got a grip on it," Girardi said.
In the quiet aftermath of another tough loss, Chamberlain said that it was far too early to begin wondering if the Yankees would be able to get all facets of their game clicking on full power.
"You can ask us that question at the end of September, and we'll have those answers for you then," Chamberlain said. "We've just got to continue to grind it out."