NEW YORK — Fans sold out Yankee Stadium to see Aaron Judge make history.
They were instead treated to a late rally against their hated rivals.
Not a bad consolation prize.
Jose Trevino’s eighth-inning RBI single provided the go-ahead run in a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox on Friday night before 47,346 people.
Trevino smoked a liner up the middle to score Harrison Bader, who had walked and then stole second base and advanced to third on reliever Matt Strahm’s throwing error trying to pick him off at first base.
The Yankees’ magic number to win the American League East dropped to five. They needed a second-place Blue Jays loss for it to fall to four. The Yankees entered the day with a 7 1/2-game lead in the division, and they had secured at least the final Wild Card spot with Thursday night’s win.
Jonathan Loaisiga put two runners on with one out in the ninth inning but got out of it thanks to a generous strike call for out No. 2 and then a groundout to end it.
Trevino’s heroics came as Judge stayed stuck on 60 home runs and extended his homerless-games streak to three. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Gerrit Cole once again struggled against the Red Sox, and continued his slide. It culminated with him cursing at plate umpire Brian Knight at the end of the sixth inning, which got him ejected. Manager Aaron Boone also got thrown out.
Cole surrendered four runs on five hits, including two home runs. He’s given up seven bombs and has a 6.35 ERA over his past three starts. He’s got a 5.59 ERA in five starts this year against the Red Sox, who bashed him to knock the Yankees out of the AL Wild Card last year.
He gave up a solo shot to Tommy Pham that just cleared the right-field short porch on a line drive with two outs in the first inning. He faced the minimum number of batters from the second through fifth innings, and then fell apart in the sixth.
With one out, he gave up a double to Kike Hernandez and then he walked Rafael Devers. After fanning Pham, he laid a fat one over the plate for Verdugo, who pimped the blast hard all the way around the bases. Cole finished the inning striking out J.D. Martinez and then hounding Knight over what he considered a missed strike call in a 1-2 count to Verdugo. Cole wanted a low-and-away fastball, but Knight called it a ball, and Verdugo took him deep on the next pitch.
Aaron Hicks’ solo blast to left field came in the third and tied it. Hicks hadn’t played since Saturday and it was his eighth homer of the year.
The Yankees had jumped out to a 4-1 lead after a three-run fifth.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa led off with a hit, which Marwin Gonzalez followed with a walk. Then Hicks singled through the left side to load the bases for Judge, who struck out swinging. Then with two outs, Gleyber Torres hit a hard grounder down the third-base line for a double. But left fielder Pham’s throw was wide into foul territory and it allowed both Gonzalez and Hicks to score while Torres raced into third base.
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