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Sports Yankees sweep, beat Red Sox 6-3 to take AL wild-card lead

08:50  27 september  2021
08:50  27 september  2021 Source:   msn.com

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Yankees use wild rally to sweep Red Sox , grab wild - card lead . BOSTON — Don’t look now, but the Yankees own the top spot in the AL wild - card race. And in fitting fashion, they overtook the Red Sox in a wild 6 - 3 comeback victory that featured a huge go-ahead double from Giancarlo Stanton celebrates his two-run homer in the eight inning to help the Yankees beat the Red Sox on Sunday.

With a sweep of the Red Sox in Tuesday’s doubleheader in The Bronx, the Yankees are now tied with Boston and the A’s for a wild - card spot — with the Yankees and A’s percentage points ahead of the Red Sox . The victories, 5- 3 and 2-0, both in seven innings, gave the Yankees five straight Luke Voit (right) celebrates with Rougned Odor after belting a solo homer in the second inning of the Yankees ’ 2-0 win over the Red Sox in Game 2 of a doubleheader sweep . Robert Sabo. And as has been the case throughout the season, neither came easily, as the Red Sox loaded the bases with no one out in the

BOSTON (AP) — Yankees manager Aaron Boone watched two of his Gold Glove fielders drop easy popups to hand the Red Sox the lead.

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Then Boston fumbled a pair of foul balls with Aaron Judge at the plate, twice giving the slugger new life before his two-run double propelled New York to a 6-3 victory on Sunday night and a series sweep that flipped the lead in the AL wild-card race.

“It’s a little bit stunning, right? You can’t make that stuff up,” Boone said. “It’s not something you’re going to see very often, two popups get dropped by really good defenders. It’s part of the ride right now.”

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And it came against the Red Sox , who had won seven in a row heading into Friday. The victory brought the Yankees back to within a game of Boston for the top AL wild - card spot — and two ahead of the Blue Jays and the Mariners for the second wild - card slot thanks to Toronto’s loss at Minnesota — with eight games to play. The Yankees took care of business early and held and fended off an attempted comeback when Wandy Peralta struck out Bobby Dalbec to end the seventh inning. The Yankees cruised from there.

BOSTON — The Red Sox lost 8- 3 to the Yankees here at Fenway Park on Friday. Nathan Eovaldi gave up seven runs on seven hits in just 2 ⅔ innings. Boston’s lead over New York for the first AL Wild Card spot decreased to one game. The Sox still hold a three-game lead over the Blue Jays, who lost 3 -1 to the Twins on Friday. The Mariners also are three games behind Boston after beating the Angels 6 -5 last night. The Red Sox and Yankees will play again Saturday and Sunday. Righty Nick Pivetta (9-7, 4.63 ERA) will start opposite New York southpaw Nestor Cortes (2-2, 2.79 ERA) on Saturday.

After Judge turned a 3-2 deficit into a 4-3 lead, Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of the ballpark to seal the Yankees' sixth straight win. Stanton, who won Saturday’s game with an eighth-inning grand slam, homered in all three games and drove in 10 runs during the series.

Mickey Mantle is the only other Yankee with 10 RBIs in a three-game series versus the Red Sox; Joe DiMaggio is the only other one to homer in each game of a three-game series against them.

“It’s a big time right now, so I’ve just got to make sure I’m the most prepared,” Stanton said. “You can’t be scared of those moments, or they’ll sneak up on you real quick.”

The Yankees, who arrived in Boston trailing the Red Sox by two games, leave it with a one-game lead in the race to host the Oct. 5 AL wild-card game. Boston remains in playoff position, one game ahead of Toronto for the second wild-card spot.

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The Yankees took care of it themselves, socking the American League East champs, whom they hope to face in the AL Division Series that starts Friday at Fenway. The Yankees can spend Saturday and Sunday at Fenway Park getting at-bats for their regulars so they're less rusty come Wednesday. They can also rest their bullpen, which they'll surely hit hard in the Wild Card , and officially set the starter for the elimination game. The Yankees had been talking of a choice between Happ and Masahiro Tanaka.

“It's not what we wanted coming into the series,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “We didn't get the job done. It's that simple.”

After Boston took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on a pair of dropped popups, New York put runners on second and third with one out before Judge hit a foul ball that rookie first baseman Bobby Dalbec short-armed as he approached the Red Sox dugout.

The Red Sox had a second chance to retire Judge when he tipped a 1-2 pitch, but catcher Christian Vázquez couldn't control it. (Vázquez said he lost the ball on the transition into his other hand.)

“I felt like a cat,” Judge said. “I felt like I've got nine lives out there.”

He then lined the ball to left-center to make it 4-3.

“You can’t give that man too many extra chances,” Stanton said. “It was just a tremendous at-bat for him to keep pushing, keep fouling pitches off and waiting to get one he could drive into the gap.”

Boone said Judge dislocated his pinky sliding head-first into second base. They were able to pop it back into place and finished the game, the manager said.

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“Not too concerned with it,” Judge said. “I don’t need it to hit, so I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Chad Green (10-7) earned the win despite blowing a 2-1 lead in the seventh when DJ LeMahieu and Joey Gallo dropped easy popups, allowing the go-ahead run to score. In all, Green allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings, striking out two.

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth to earn his 30th save.

Garrett Richards (7-8) pitched a perfect seventh but walked two and gave up Anthony Rizzo's double in the eighth before Adam Ottavino relieved him and allowed Judge's two-run double.

New York led 2-1 when José Iglesias singled to lead off the seventh and took second on Alex Verdugo’s bunt single. Joely Rodríguez's wild pitch moved the runners up, and Vázquez hit a sacrifice fly to tie it.

Green struck out Kiké Hernández, but when pinch-hitter Kyle Schwarber popped up the first pitch he saw in front of the Yankees dugout, LeMahieu flubbed it. Another seemingly easy popup clanged off Gallo’s glove in left-center, allowing the run to score.

NO SMOKE, NO FIRE

The game was delayed four minutes with two outs in the top of the fourth inning when the fire alarm went off in Fenway Park. The umpires called time, but the teams remained on the field. The Red Sox said the alarm was caused by a faulty sprinkler head.

When the game resumed, Saturday game-winner Stanton buzzed Eduardo Rodríguez's head with a line drive that ricocheted off second base into center for a single.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: Placed LHP Josh Taylor on the injured list (retroactive to Sept. 23) with a low back strain. RHP Eduard Bazardo was recalled from Triple-A Worcester to take his spot on the roster.

UP NEXT

Yankees: After an off-day, begin a three-game series in Toronto with RHP Jameson Taillon (8-6, 4.41 ERA) facing the Blue Jays.

Red Sox: Have Monday off before beginning their season-ending road trip with LHP Chris Sale (5-0, 2.57 ERA) facing the Orioles.

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Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press

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