Yan­kees get even with Sox

Pair of home runs from Sanchez, long blast by Judge power New York to split at Fen­way

Albany Times Union - Sunday - - SPORTS - Bos­ton

Gary Sanchez home­red twice, Aaron Judge also hit a tape­mea­sure shot and Masahiro Tanaka pitched the New York Yan­kees past the Bos­ton Red Sox 6-2 on Satur­day night to tie their AL Divi­sion Se­ries at one game apiece.

Home runs by Judge and Sanchez helped chase David Price af­ter only five outs. Sanchez’s sec­ond homer, a three-run shot in the sev­enth that made it 6-1, was pro­jected at 479 feet.

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 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 reg­u­larsea­son 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 the seats above the Green Mon­ster, high above the 379foot marker and about 10 feet to the left of the pole fly­ing an Amer­i­can flag blow­ing straight out. Sanchez’s sec­ond homer was in the same di­rec­tion but sailed clean out of the park, onto Lans­downe Street.

Just a few feet away from that spot is a plaque not­ing that only six home runs in the 106-year his­tory of Fen­way Park have cleared the back wall on the other side of the flag­pole. The last was by Jim Rice in 1975.

Sanchez, whose bat­ting av­er­age didn’t top .200 af­ter June 8, 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 an 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 two-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 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.

Tim Brad­bury / Getty Im­ages

Gary Sanchez hit two home runs for the Yan­kees on Satur­day, in­clud­ing this 479-foot shot in the sev­enth in­ning, as New York topped Bos­ton.

Tim Brad­bury / Getty im­ages

Aaron Judge of the Yan­kees hit a 445-foot home run off david Price in the first in­ning Satur­day to help en­sure a short start for the lefty.

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