BOSTON — In an offensive exchange in Boston, the Yankees came out on top doing what they do best, hit home runs. With four more tonight, New York tied the ’97 Mariners for the all-time single season record of 264 team homers, with still two games in the season to go.
More importantly, though, the Bombers clinched the all-important home field advantage for next Wednesday’s AL Wild Card Game versus the Oakland Athletics.
Though the score would suggest otherwise, the Yankees had to grind out this 11-6 win over the Red Sox, barely holding on to their five run lead in the ninth.
Giancarlo Stanton then added an RBI-single later in the inning to make it 2-0, New York .
An inning later, the Yankees would explode for six more runs.
What started with an innocent flyout from Didi Gregorius, the fourth inning got jumpstarted by the Andujar double.
Gleyber Torres then doubled in two runs on his 16th double of the season.
After another pair of hits from Andrew McCutchen and Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks made sure his return to the lineup was pleasantly felt, as he sent a booming shot to the Yankee bullpen in right field, a three-run homer that put the Yankees on top, 8-0.
Eventful innings followed from Dellin Betances and Britton, but only one Red Sox batter crossed the plate in each, as New York survived a scare and got away from Fenway Park with a much-needed victory.
The Bombers are in a good offensive groove at the moment, so Aaron Boone will need to carefully tread the line between resting players and maintaining their offensive momentum.
Lance Lynn faces Nate Eovaldi tomorrow, as the Yankees go for their 100th win of the season.