Harrison Bader’s baserunning sparks Yankees’ dramatic win over Red Sox

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Aaron Judge Who needs a home run?

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The Yankees won again Friday night in dramatic fashion without Judge Homering.

While Judge stuck on 60 homers again in pursuit of the number 61, the Yankees won their fifth straight, 5-4 win over the Red Sox at the stadium – and the last three wins have come without Judge homers.

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“He’s getting off the right swings,” manager Aaron Boone said of the slugger. “It’s going to come.”

Harrison Bader sparked a game-winning rally with two outs in the eighth inning, pinching for Osvaldo Cabrera and drawing a walk.

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With Jose Trevino at the plate, Bader took off in second. Lefty reliever Matt Strahm threw first, but his throw went away from Tristan Kass, as Bader swiped second and slipped into third on error.

Harrison Bader is welcomed into the Yankees dugout.
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Jose Trevino hits a go-forward single in the eighth inning.
Jose Trevino hits a go-forward single in the eighth inning.
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Trevino then delivered another big hit, it was RBI single to centre.

Jonathan Loisiga played the eighth inning before allowing a pair of singles each in the ninth. He did, however, dismiss pinch-hitter Abraham Almonte, and fielded Reese McGuire to end it.

After the Blue Jays’ defeat in Tampa Bay, the Yankees’ magic number to win the division fell to four.

“We’re just trying to get the win,” said Aaron Hicks, who lived in the house and was an RBI single. “Everything else will be fine on its own.”

Loisiga’s two unscored innings helped take out Gerrit Cole, who was once again injured by homers, leaving two – including a game-tying, three-run shot by Alex Verdugo in the sixth .

After Cole dismissed JD Martinez to end that inning, he barked at home plate umpire Brian Knight and went out like Boone, who came out to protect the furious Cole.

Meanwhile, another sold out crowd in The Bronx was left wanting more, as the judge went 1-for-4 with two strikes.

“The casual person comes tonight and [thinks he’ll] Hit a homer,'” Boone said. “He just missed two of the last two nights.”

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Gerrit Cole was out in the sixth innings.
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Aaron Boone argues with the umpires during the sixth inning.
Aaron Boone argues with the umpires during the sixth inning.
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Judge hasn’t left the house since their return ninth-innings win over the Pirates on Tuesday, but that hasn’t slowed the Yankees down.

However, Cole’s domestic issues are more pressing.

After Tommy Pham’s two-out singles homer in the first, Cole moved up to sixth when he got into trouble after Kike Hernandez walked for a one-out double and Rafael Devers.

He dismissed Pham for the second out and thought he had caught Verdugo looking at the 1-2 pitch. But it was called the ball – although it looked less.

Aaron Judge hit a four in the seventh inning.
Aaron Judge hit a four in the seventh inning.
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Verdugo then hit a three-run, game-tying homer right-center into the Yankees’ bullpen.

Cole has scored 10 home runs in his last six starts.

The Yankees’ offense was moving into the bottom of the third, when Hicks tied the game with a singles homer to the left. Hicks, in his first game at The Bronx, was driven to the plate on September 9 after being pulled after a pair of miscalculations.

In his last three games – all on the road – Hicks had gone 5-for-12 with a homer, a double and five strikes.

Aaron Hicks hit a home run in the third innings.
Aaron Hicks hit a home run in the third innings.
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Aaron Hicks, Well, Celebrates With Marvin Gonzalez
Aaron Hicks celebrates with, well, Marvin Gonzalez.
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Isiah Kiner-Falefa led the fifth inning with a single and Marvin González went on to drive in Kiner-Falefa before Hicks was singled out.

Judge, who flew to the left in third, then whipped second against Hill, it was on a 73-mph curveball.

Giancarlo Stanton flew to the right, but Torres doubled the left field line and scored two more runs to make it 4-1.

But Cole could not hold the lead.

The home run by Verdugo was the 31st by Cole this season – tying his career high.

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