- Associated Press - Thursday, September 4, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Daniel Nava got picked off and manager John Farrell sounded ticked off.

In yet another glaring sign that the season has slipped away for the Boston Red Sox, Nava got nabbed at first base by Yankees pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. It wasn’t so much that Nava was nailed - rather, he looked so incredibly nonchalant returning to the bag.

“He caught Daniel off-guard. There’s no question about it,” Farrell said after a 5-1 loss to the New York Yankees on Wednesday night.

Boston kept up its weeklong pattern of alternating wins and losses. A day after battering the Yankees, the last-place Red Sox reverted to what they’ve become - the lowest-scoring team in the AL, a year after winning the World Series.

It was 2-0 when Nava led off the fifth with a single. Kuroda toyed with him, soft-tossing one pickoff attempt and later looking back Nava without making a throw.

Moments later, Kuroda zipped a throw and Nava seemed to have no idea it was coming so fast. He casually took a couple of steps and first baseman Mark Teixeira tagged him out.

“Daniel just didn’t finish getting back to the bag. Kuroda set it up the previous pick where he stepped back with a little bit more of a lob throw, and then made a quick move,” Farrell said.

Farrell said Nava must correct the mistakes he’s making on the bases and in the field.

“It’s needs to improve, yes, and those are reminders that are continually given,” Farrell said. “Conversations to anticipate certain plays. That continues to be followed through on.”

A half-hour after the game, Nava had not come out to meet the media.

Brian McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits as the Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak.

McCann homered a day earlier as the Yankees lost to Boston, leaving them five games behind for the second AL wild-card spot. In the rematch with the Red Sox, he drove in three runs and gave an early cushion to Kuroda (10-8).

Kuroda gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk. He evened his mark at 78-78 in seven seasons for the Yankees and Dodgers.

Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) lost for the first time in his four starts since making his big league debut.

McCann connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot in the second. The drive quieted Ranaudo’s sizable cheering section - raised in central New Jersey, he beat the Yankees last month in his first game.

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