But after a major controversial call from home plate umpire Joe West, Aaron Judge delivered the go-ahead run, doubling in DJ LeMahieu and Anthony Rizzo in the top of the 8th inning to give the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Two pitches later, Giancarlo Santon would deliver the punishing blow.
The 6-3 win gave the Yankees their 89th victory of the season, improving to 89-67 on the year with their sixth straight “W.” The Red Sox lost their third straight, falling to 88-68.
West called a foul tip that slipped in and out of the glove of catcher Christian Vazquez on the transfer. It should have been a strikeout, but West called it a foul tip and Red Sox manager Alex Cora did not challenge.
Both teams closed as a pick ’em at -110 odds (bet $110 to win $100) at WynnBET Sportsbook in a massive Sunday night game at Fenway Park, with the winner taking a one-game lead in the top spot for the American League Wild Card. The under 9.5 was a close winner as well after being well in reach before six runs in the 7th and 8th innings.
The Red Sox took a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning with a Christian Vasquez sacrifice fly and a Joey Gallo error in left field with Kyle Schwarber at the plate.
Garrett Richards started the 8th inning after working a scoreless 7th, but was replaced by Adam Ottavino following a LeMathieu walk and Anthony Rizzo double. Judge promptly greeted him with a ringing double to take the 4-3 lead, followed by the two-run smash by Stanton; his third of the weekend and his 10th RBI.
The win for the Yankees is even more massive considering their upcoming schedule relative to Boston’s.
Both teams are off on Monday, but the pressure stays on the Yankees as they’ll look to hold off the Toronto Blue Jays for a three-game set, followed by three more at home against the division leading Tampa Bay Rays. Jameson Taillon will match up against Hyun-Jin Ryu from Rogers Centre, with the Blue Jays expected to be slight favorites at WynnBET.
The Red Sox travel to Baltimore to face the worst team in the American League in the Orioles before ending the season in Washington against the Nationals.
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