NEW YORK — — Aaron Judge held homerless for the third game in a row, keeping him at 60 throughout the season and just shy of Roger Maris’ American League record, and the New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 on Friday night .
Jose Trevino single-handedly finished the tiebreak run in round eight with two outs, and the first-placed Yankees cut their magic to five to clinch the AL East title.
With Maris’ four kids on the ballpark again, Judge went 4v1 with a sharp single. He hit it twice and flew into a high left field that excited the 47,346 indoor crowd for a second or two.
The attacker has two games left to match Maris at New York’s current home – Saturday afternoon and against the rival Red Sox on Sunday night. After that, the Yankees head to Toronto, with only three home games left against Baltimore from September 30 to October 2.
Since tied at number 60 against Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, the closest Umpire has come to equal Maris’ 1961 mark, a 404-yard drive just in front of the midfield fence on Thursday night.
The night after the Yankees completed their sixth straight playoff berth, ace Gerrit Cole and manager Aaron Boone were kicked out on the sixth inning with plate referee Brian Knight.
Pinch striker Harrison Bader made a two-out in eighth and was credited with a stolen base when a wild pick-up attempt from Matt Strahm (3-4) allowed him to finish third.
Trevino chose the average on the next shot.
Jonathan Loáisiga (2-3) scored two goalless shots for the win and a double-one-out in ninth place.
Alex Verdugo tied with a three-running homer for Boston in the sixth inning. Tommy Pham also went deep against Cole, who has served 31 long balls this season, mostly in the American League.
One step after Cole thought he had hit the ball, Verdugo sent a fast 100-mph ball into the Yankees’ center-right bullring. As Verdugo trotted slowly around the bases, his right-handed head lowered and ducked behind the mound.
After the shot, Cole furiously pointed at Knight and was ejected for the first time in his career – but the five-time All-Star was probably made for the night after 103 shots.
Boone joined the debate and was eliminated as manager for the 24th time, placing a career-high seventh this season.
9 hitter Aaron Hicks kicking off in front of the judge kicked off his 100th major league homer and added an RBI singles. Gleyber Torres took a 4-1 lead with Rich Hill, who started New York in two-way at 5 in two runs.
Judge had a hardcore single in seventh place, safely reaching a season-high in 22 consecutive games.
Red Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder inflammation) shot 57 shots at a rehab start for Triple-A Worcester, allowing for three runs in three innings. He has been off the field since 19 August. Eovaldi and 2B Trevor Story (with a bruised left heel), who are on the 10-day injury list from Thursday to Monday, are both hoping to return before the season ends. … All-Star SS Xander Bogaerts rested in Saturday’s daily match. The Bogaerts started the night with .314 hits and finished second after Judge in the AL (.316) and could be the biggest hurdle between the Yankees slugger and the Triple Crown. … INF Christian Arroyo rejoined the team after a game with the flu, and Boston hoped he could get off the bench.
Yankees: 1B Anthony Rizzo was out of the starting lineup along with Bader. The referee started in midfield and moved to the right on the ninth when Bader remained in the game. … INF DJ LeMahieu (inflammation of the toe) is practicing batting and may be off the injury list in Toronto next week.
Red Sox RHP Nick Pivetta (10-11, 4.35 ERA) kicks off Saturday against Domingo Germán (2-3, 3.12), who has hit just 2 2/3 innings since September 7.
The referee is 5 out of 11 (.455) in his career with two home runs against Pivetta – both this season (No. 32 on 16 July and 56 on 13 September).
Pivetta has an 8.78 ERA in seven career games against New York and is 0-3 with an 11.57 ERA over three starts at Yankee Stadium. He gave up eight homers in 18 2/3 hits in four starts this year against New York.