After being down 6-5 going into the eighth inning, Brett Gardner’s go-ahead two-run triple and Aaron Judge’s two-run home run became the difference in the New York Yankees 9-6 win over the Boston Red Sox.
Neil Walker led off the eighth inning with a double off of Matt Barnes to put the game tying run on second base. Miguel Andujar would follow that up with a groundout to second base that advanced Walker to third base. After Gleyber Torres walked, Boston brought in their closer Craig Kimbrel to face Gardner with runners on first and third with one out. On a 3-2 count, Gardner hit a two-run triple to put the Yankees up 7-6. Judge would follow that up with a two-run home run to center field to put the Yankees up by the final score of 9-6.
Jonathan Holder earned his first win of the season with his two-thirds innings of work in the eighth inning. Aroldis Chapman struck out three in the ninth inning to earn his ninth save of the season.
Gardner and Judge each had three hits and scored three runs a piece.
With the win, the Yankees moved ahead of the Red Sox into first place and extended their win streak to eight. The Yankees have also won 17 out of their last 18, and hold the best record in all of Major League Baseball.
Tomorrow night the Yankees will give the ball to CC Sabathia as they look to sweep their division rival.