Sanchez, Judge power up to even se­ries

Houston Chronicle Sunday - - MLB PLAYOFFS -

— Aaron Judge helped chase David Price early by hit­ting a home run to a part of Fen­way Park where balls rarely travel.

Gary Sanchez did him one bet­ter.

The Yan­kees catcher, who tested his man­ager’s con­fi­dence with a sub-.200 bat­ting av­er­age and poor de­fense for most of the sea­son, hit two homers, the sec­ond a 479-foot shot clear out of the ball­park that sent New York to a 6-2 vic­tory over the Bos­ton Red Sox on Sat­ur­day night and tied the AL Di­vi­sion Se­ries at one game apiece.

“Just a mon­ster night,” Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone said. “You know he’s ca­pa­ble of that. We all know he’s ca­pa­ble of that. That’s kind of what we’ve been wait­ing for to some de­gree, where he can take over a game on of­fense. He was huge, ob­vi­ously.”

One night af­ter Chris Sale earned his first ca­reer play­off vic­tory, Price failed in his 10th try to win a post­sea­son start and was booed off the field af­ter five outs by a sold-out Fen­way Park crowd hop­ing to see the AL East cham­pi­ons pro­tect the home-field ad­van­tage they earned with a fran­chise-record 108 reg­u­lar-sea­son wins.

In­stead, the wild-card Yan­kees will have a chance to ad­vance to the AL Cham­pi­onship Se­ries with vic­to­ries at home, where they are 7-0 over the past two post­sea­sons, in Games 3 and 4 on Mon­day and Tues­day nights.

Game 5 would be back in Bos­ton on Thurs­day, if nec­es­sary.

Judge’s homer, es­ti­mated at 445 feet, landed in the back row of seats above the Green Mon­ster, high above the 379-foot marker and about 10 feet to the left of the pole fly­ing an Amer­i­can flag blow­ing straight out. It was the long­est homer of the post­sea­son — un­til Sanchez’s sec­ond homer, aimed in the same di­rec­tion, sailed clean out of the park and onto Lans­downe Street.

Sanchez also had a solo shot in the sec­ond in­ning to give New York a 2-0 lead. Price then walked back-toback bat­ters with two outs and gave up An­drew McCutchen’s RBI sin­gle on what could be his last pitch in a Red Sox uni­form.

The 2012 AL Cy Young Award win­ner — and twoBOSTON time run­ner-up for the award — Price signed a seven-year, $217 mil­lion deal to come to Bos­ton as a free agent be­fore the 2016 sea­son and has pitched like an ace at times in the reg­u­lar sea­son. But his post­sea­son strug­gles have caused Red Sox fans to sour on him, and vice versa; he can opt out of his con­tract af­ter the sea­son, and if he can find some­thing close to the four years and $124 mil­lion he is owed, he might just take it.

In all, Price was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in 12⁄3 in­nings — the short­est play­off start of his ca­reer, and tied with Roger Cle­mens for the short­est in Red Sox post­sea­son his­tory.

“I just want to win. That’s it,” Price said. “My main goal is to win in the play­offs, to win a World Se­ries. … And what­ever I need to do to help us do that, I’m fine with. But I know I’m more than ca­pa­ble of win­ning games as a starter in Oc­to­ber. That’s what I look for­ward to do­ing.”

Masahiro Tanaka al­lowed just three hits, in­clud­ing Xan­der Bo­gaerts’ solo homer, be­fore leav­ing af­ter five in­nings with a 3-1 lead. He struck out four and walked one.

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