Red Sox pressing with lineup core in a slump

BOSTON — Xander Bogaerts was trying to do too much with the game on the line on Saturday night at Fenway Park against the Yankees.

How else to explain Boston’s veteran leader trying to steal third with two on and two outs and J.D. Martinez at the plate in a tie game in the seventh and getting picked off by Aroldis Chapman?

It is human nature for a player to force the action when a team is slumping.

Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Yankees handed the 56-59 Red Sox their seventh defeat in their last 10 games.

One of the biggest reasons for Boston’s current rut is that the team’s three All-Stars (Rafael Devers, Bogaerts and Martinez) are slumping at the same time.

If the Red Sox, who are 4 1/2 games back in the American League Wild Card standings with 47 games left in the season, are going to make a push to get into the playoffs, they need their big boppers to start bopping again.

“It’s tough. It’s the core of the lineup,” said Martinez. “We’ve got to hit. When you don’t, most of the time it’s tough to win games. But it’s on us. It’s on us to figure it out.”

Here are the grim numbers.

Since Aug. 3, Devers is 4-for-40 with a slash line of .100/.182/.200 with one homer and three RBIs. The slump started the day after he came off the injured list. It…

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