With two outs, nobody on, two strikes, and no balls in the top of the eighth inning, Yankees leadoff hitter Brett Gardner was able to work a walk vs. Boston Red Sox pitcher Tanner Houck.
That led to the walk of Aaron Judge, and Darwinzon Hernandez came on to relieve Houck.
But Hernandez hit Anthony Rizzo, which loaded the bases. Then, on the first pitch Giancarlo Stanton saw, he clobbered Hernandez’s delivery 452 feet into the Boston nightcap for a grand slam.
Bobby Dalbec would club a solo shot in the ninth, but Boston would see it’s 67th loss of the season as Aroldis Chapman notched the save to capture the 5-3 win.
Before that, not much notable action occurred. Kevin Plawecki clubbed a solo shot in the third while Kyle Schwarber scored on a passed ball in the fifth.
It took Boston starter Nick Pivetta five innings to be issued a run. He was taken out of the ballgame with one out in the sixth after serving up back-to-back hits, and a passed ball hurled by Hansel Robles put New York on the board. Pivetta ended his day, however, only letting up a trio of hits and striking out seven.
The Sox and Yanks now sit even in the standings, tied for the first Wild Card spot. They’ll go at it again in the series finale, as Boston will try and avoid the sweep on their home turf by sending out southpaw Eduardo Rodriguez. New York will try and gain a game on the Sox and take control of the Wild Card (giving them home-field advantage for WC game) and will do so by giving fellow lefty Jordan Montgomery the nod. It’ll be the final regular season game of the season at Fenway Park, and could potentially be the last game.
In the event of a tie between the two teams, Boston will have home-field advantage for the WC game because they’ve won the season series already.
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