Ronald Torreyes added a sacrifice fly and Aroldis Chapman recorded his 15th save despite walking the bases loaded in the ninth as the Yankees (61-53) trimmed their deficit in the American League East to 3 1/2 games behind the Red Sox (64-50).
The unlikely comeback took place after the Red Sox had cruised through the first seven frames, carrying a three-run lead to the eighth. Hanley Ramirez and Andrew Benintendi homered in support of starter Eduardo Rodriguez, who allowed just two hits in a 107-pitch effort.
Adam Warren picked up the victory in relief as the Yankees’ bullpen didn’t allow a run behind starter Jaime Garcia, who permitted three runs and seven hits over 5 2/3 innings in his second start since being traded to the Yankees.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Crank Aaron: After Brett Gardner was drilled on the right foot with a 1-1 slider from Reed, a play that required a video review, Hicks launched his 11th homer of the season, a Yankee Stadium special to right field that traveled a Statcast-calculated 335 feet and had a hit probability of just seven percent. New York would send 10 men to the plate in the inning before Hicks finally popped out against Fernando Abad to end the frame.
Setup crew can’t stop Bombers’ surge: Even after the homer by Hicks, the Red Sox still had a lead. But Reed and Kelly simply couldn’t stop the bleeding. Gary Sanchez lined a single to left and moved to second on a wild pitch. Aaron Judge drew a walk. In came Kelly, and Gregorius lined a single just in front of Benintendi in left to tie it. Frazier gave the Yankees their first lead with an RBI single to left. By the time the Red Sox finally got the first out of the inning, it was too late to bring in closer Craig Kimbrel.
It takes two: After Chapman walked the bases loaded in the ninth, missing the strike zone with 12 of his first pitches, Benintendi lifted a sacrifice fly to left field that cut New York’s lead to 5-4. Eduardo Nunez took off for third base and Hicks made a terrific throw to cut down the former Yankee at third base. Chapman took advantage, retiring Mitch Moreland for the final out.
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