Judge stuck at 60 home runs, Yankees beat Red Sox 5-4

NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge was held without a home run for the third straight game, keeping him 60 for the season and one shy of American League record Roger Maris, and the New York Yankees have ​beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Friday night.

Jose Trevino scored at home the tiebreaker run with two outs in the eighth inning, and the first-place Yankees reduced their magic number to five for clinching the AL East title.

With four of Maris’ kids back in the ballpark, Judge went 1 of 4 with a sharp single. He hit twice and threw a high volley to left field that excited the sold-out crowd of 47,346 for a second or two.

The slugger has two games to go to match Maris on the current New York court – Saturday afternoon and Sunday night against the rival Red Sox. After that, the Yankees will travel to Toronto and have only three home games left, September 30-October 2 against Baltimore.

Since connecting for No. 60 on Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, the closest judge to tying Maris’ mark in 1961 was a 404-foot drive taken just outside the center field fence Thursday night.

A night after the Yankees finished their sixth straight playoff berth, ace Gerrit Cole and manager Aaron Boone were ejected in a sixth-inning spat with plate umpire Brian Knight.

Pinched hitter Harrison Bader walked two out in the eighth and was credited with a stolen base when a wild putout attempt by Matt Strahm (3-4) lifted him into third place.

Trevino chose to cross on the next pitch.

Jonathan Loáisiga (2-3) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, working around a pair of one-out singles in the ninth.

Alex Verdugo tied the game for Boston with a three-run homer in the sixth inning. Tommy Pham also went deep against Cole, who served 31 long balls this season – most in the American League.

Verdugo sent a 100 mph fastball into the Yankees bullpen at right center, a pitch after Cole thought he had an innings-ending strikeout. The right-hander lowered his head and leaned behind the mound as Verdugo took a slow trot around the bases.

After the inning, Cole angrily pointed the finger at Knight and was ejected for the first time in his career – although the five-time All-Star was likely done for the night anyway after 103 pitches.

Boone joined the argument and was cast for the 24th time as manager – and seventh in a career this season.

Hitting in front of the judge, No. 9 hitter Aaron Hicks threw his 100th major league homer and added an RBI single. Gleyber Torres gave New York a 4-1 lead with a two-run double over starter Rich Hill in the fifth.

Judge hit a tough single in the seventh and reached base safely in a season-high 22 consecutive games.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder inflammation) allowed three runs in three innings on a rehab start for Triple-A Worcester, throwing 57 pitches. He has been absent since August 19. Eovaldi and 2B Trevor Story (bruised left heel), who were on the 10-day injured list on Thursday, retroactive to Monday, are both hoping to return before the end of the season. … With a day game coming up on Saturday, All-Star SS Xander Bogaerts was rested. Bogaerts started the night batting .314, second in the AL to Judge (.316), and might be the biggest hurdle between the Yankees slugger and a Triple Crown. … INF Christian Arroyo joined the team after a bout with the flu and Boston was hoping he might be available on the bench.

Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was out of the starting lineup with Bader. Judge started in center field and moved to the right in the ninth when Bader stayed in the game. … INF DJ LeMahieu (swollen toes) has been batting practice and may be off the injured list next week in Toronto.

NEXT

Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (10-11, 4.35 ERA) starts Saturday against Domingo Germán (2-3, 3.12), who has pitched just 2 2/3 innings since Sept. 7.

Judge is 5-of-11 (.455) in his career against Pivetta with two homers — both this season (No. 32 on July 16 and No. 56 on Sept. 13).

Pivetta has an 8.78 ERA in seven career outings against New York and is 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA in three starts at Yankee Stadium. He’s allowed eight home runs in 18 2/3 innings in four starts against New York this year.

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