CHAPMAN WALKS IN WINNING RUN; RED SOX DEFEAT YANKEES 5-4
BOSTON» Aroldis Chapman walked in the winning run without recording an out in the ninth inning, handing the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Yankees on Friday night.
The Yankees’ hard-throwing closer gave up two runs in the ninth for his third blown save. New York entered tied for the major-league lead with 17 blown saves.
Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia started the rally with consecutive singles and a successful double steal. Betts scored when second baseman Ronald Torreyes booted Xander Bogaerts’ groundball.
After an intentional walk to Hanley Ramirez, Chapman walked Andrew Benintendi on five pitches to bring home Pedroia.
Robby Scott (1-1) posted the win for the Red Sox, who got their first victory over the Yankees at home this season. It was Boston’s first game-ending walk since Sept. 23, 2000, against Baltimore.
Brian McCann hit a three-run homer to cap an eight-run second inning, Marwin Gonzalez had a solo homer and the Astros opened the second half of their season with a 10-5 victory over the Twins.
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