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Magical 8th inning enough for another Yankee victory

NEW YORK — The New York Yankees continued their magical run, beating the Boston Red Sox, 9-6, at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night. It was the team’s 17th win in 18 games, which hasn’t been done by a Yankee team in 65 years.

Both offenses came to play, with pitching staff’s on either side struggling to get outs in the slugfest.

The Yankees quickly jumped on Rick Porcello, scoring the game’s first run after consecutive hits by Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge in the first inning. These two led the team with three hits each in the victory.

The Red Sox, however, took the lead, 2-1, in the second. Mitch Moreland, who had yesterday’s game off, took a struggling Tanaka deep for his fifth home run of the season.

That was all they’d get in the inning, though.

In the third, New York got its starter some runs. Gardner and Judge were once again in the middle of the rally, and it was Giancarlo Stanton that had the frame’s big hit.

Aaron Hicks added a sacrifice fly to give the Bombers a 4-2 lead.

While Andrew Benintendi hit a solo shot in the fifth, the Yankees would immediately respond with a run of their own in the bottom half.

With the bases loaded, Gary Sanchez hit the team’s second sac fly of the night to give the team a 5-3 lead.

In the sixth, after a leadoff double from Xander Bogaerts, Tanaka would get Moreland out but that would be his last batter. Chad Green came in and allowed an Eduardo Nunez sac fly as the Red Sox cut the deficit to 5-4.

Both starters would only go 5 1/3 innings, as both offenses made it difficult for the opposing starter. Each would only strikeout three, with Tanaka allowing ten baserunners as compared to Porcello’s 11.

Green returned to work the seventh and easily got the first two batters of the inning out. A walk to Benintendi, though, allowed Hanley Ramirez a chance at the plate.

The Red Sox DH would not let his opportunity go to waste, sending a Green slider 431 feet down the left field line, as Boston went back in front, 6-5.

In the top of the eighth, Chasen Shreve would struggle. He was then replaced by Jonathan Holder with men on second and third and just one out.

The young righty reliever, who has struggled this season, stepped up and repaid the trust his manager put on him, as he got two important outs and kept Boston off the scoreboard.

With momentum, the Yankees immediately went to work with a Neil Walker double. After Miguel Andujar moved him to third, Gleyber Torres would walk to force Alex Cora to bring in his closer Craig Kimbrel.

Unfazed, Gardner would hit his third extra base hit of the night, giving the Yankees the 6-5 lead with a two-run triple.

Judge then hit a monstrous blast to dead center field to extend the New York lead to 9-6. It was his ninth homer of the season.

Aroldis Chapman entered in the ninth and faced the heart of the Boston lineup. While he would allow a J.D. Martinez single, he struck out the side for New York’s eighth win in a row.

This team continues to impress, winning in different ways every night. After yesterday’s low scoring affair, it was the offense that carried the load in tonight’s win.

A couple of lefties, CC Sabathia and Eduardo Rodriguez, will battle it out tomorrow night with New York going for the sweep.

Current Yankees Record: 26-10


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