BOSTON – Taking advantage of the opportunities the Red Sox gave him by missing two foul hits that would have ended his at-bat in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge drove in the lead runs with a double Sunday to guide the Yankees to a 6-3 win over Boston.
With the result, New York completed the sweep of a series that turned the contest for the wild card position on its head.
Giancarlo Stanton continued the attack with a two-run homer over the Green Monster and out of the stadium to give the Yankees their sixth straight victory. Stanton, who hit the big slam of the win Saturday in the eighth inning, was the author of all three home runs in the series.
New York, which came to Boston two-game behind the Red Sox, returns home with a one-game lead in the fight for the venue for the Oct. 5 wild-card game. Boston remains in playoff position, one game ahead of Toronto for the second wild-card run.
After Boston went up 3-2 in the seventh inning thanks to two Yankees errors – a pair of flies they dropped – New York put runners at second and third with one out before Judge fouled the first. Rookie point guard Bobby Dalbec missed as he approached the Red Sox dugout. Boston had a second chance to retire Judge with a foul shot on a 1-2 count, but catcher Christian Vazquez couldn’t control it.
Judge then hit a line between left and center field to make it 4-3.
For the Yankees, Gary Sánchez 4-1 with scored. Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 3-0 with scored. Colombian Gio Urshela 2-1.
For the Red Sox, the Mexican Álex Verdugo 4-2 with a run scored, as well as the Dominican Rafael Devers. Puerto Ricans Christian Vázquez 3-0 with an RBI, and Enrique Hernández 4-2. The Cuban José Iglesias 2-1 with scored.