AARON Judge hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the eighth inning, and the host New York Yankees completed a three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with a 9-7 victory Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.
Judge hit a three-run homer in the second off Matt Hall and then hit the decisive homer when he hammered a 2-0 curveball from Matt Barnes (0-1) over the visiting bullpen and into the left-center field bleachers to give the Yankees a 9-7 lead.
Judge’s 468-foot drive occurred three pitches after DJ LeMahieu hit a game-tying single that scored Mike Tauchman, who singled and stole second base.
Judge homered for a career-high fifth straight game. He became the first Yankee to homer in five straight since Alex Rodriguez did so in September 2007.
Luke Voit also homered, while Gio Urshela and Gary Sanchez contributed RBI doubles as the Yankees ran their winning streak to six games.
The Red Sox took a 7-6 lead with two outs in the seventh on a homer by Rafael Devers off Michael King
Xander Bogaerts enjoyed a big night for the Red Sox with a pair of homers while tying a career high with four hits. He hit a two-run homer four batters into the game off James Paxton and then slugged a solo drive in the fifth off King.
Bogaerts finished with his eighth career multi-homer game. The shortstop also produced at least four hits for the 16th time in his career.
Devers also had an RBI single in Boston’s three-run third off Paxton and scored on a fielding error by left fielder Miguel Andujar, who misplayed a single by Bogaerts.
Christian Vazquez added an RBI single for the Red Sox, who scored more than five runs for the second time this season but fell to 1-10 in their last 11 meetings with the Yankees.
The Yankees picked up their latest win over Boston despite Paxton struggling again with fastball velocity, averaging 91.5 mph. He labored through three innings, allowing five runs (three earned) and seven hits. He struck out four and did not walk a batter.
After King pitched 3 2/3 innings, Adam Ottavino (1-0) threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr. to end the eighth. Zack Britton breezed through a hitless ninth and recorded his third save.
Austin Brice escaped a bases-loaded jam in a 29-pitch first as Boston’s opener. —Field Level Media