BOSTON — When Hanley Ramirez connected on a 99-mile-per-hour fastball from Dellin Betances and sent it soaring high and deep into the night, necks craned in the direction of the center-field bleachers at Fenway Park.
As the ball landed there, the Boston Red Sox poured out of the first-base dugout and congregated around home plate while Ramirez danced playfully around the bases. Betances — the often unassailable reliever — turned and walked, step by excruciating step, toward the third-base dugout.
Ramirez’s blast, a three-run home run, was the crowning blow in Thursday’s devastating 7-5 defeat for the Yankees. It was hard, in that moment, to not see his swing as one of momentum, one that was as crushing to the Yankees’ psyches as it was to their playoff hopes.
The Yankees summoned up brave words afterward, with Manager Joe Girardi thrusting his…