Yankees beat Boston 5-3, sweep series

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New York Yankees 5, Boston Red Sox 3

BOSTON — On Wednesday night, the AL East-leading New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3, completing a two-game sweep. Neither Aaron Judge nor Gleyber Torres hit a home run.

Judge went 1 for 4 with a walk the day after hitting two home runs to bring his season total to 57, which was four short of Roger Maris’ American League record. In the fifth inning, after Aaron Hicks reached on an error, which put runners on first and second, he singled to put himself in scoring position.

Torres hit a single to the right side of the infield, and Alex Verdugo’s throw to the plate arrived too late to get Hicks out. Connor Wong, the catcher, thought he had Torres making an excessively large turn, so he tried to throw the ball to first base, but it went wide and ended up in the outfield.

Torres hit a three-run home run in Little League, scoring Judge and beating Verdugo’s second attempt to throw him out at the plate. This gave New York a 3-0 lead over Los Angeles. Torres contributed three hits for the Yankees, and Nestor Cortes (10-4) pitched a shutout into the fifth inning to earn the victory for the Yankees, who have now won four games in a row and eight of their last 10.

Brayan Bello, a rookie for the Red Sox, was charged with the loss even though all three of the runs he allowed were unearned. He allowed six hits throughout five innings while striking out six and walking one batter.

Cortes limited Boston to just three hits and two walks while striking out seven batters throughout five and a half innings while only allowing one run. Clay Holmes threw the ninth inning and recorded his 20th save after having 25 opportunities.

When Judge stepped up to the plate in the top of the ninth, a loud “M-V-P!” chant started. It was much louder than the Boston fans’ earlier half-hearted “Yankees Suck!” chant.

Judge struck out to start the ninth, but back-to-back line drives to center field that got past Abraham Almonte gave the Yankees a run and made the score 5-2. Giancarlo Stanton got a double, but Torres’ shot that Almonte stopped at the wall was called an error that cost two bases.

Josh Donaldson then hit a high fly ball to center, which Almonte caught. The crowd cheered sarcastically.

UP NEXT

After a day off, the Yankees will start a three-game set in Milwaukee. In the first game, Frankie Montas (5-12) will go up against Adrian Houser (6-9).

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