No home run for Judge, but Yankees win in 10 innings against Boston

NEW YORK — Aaron Judge came close to the feat on Thursday, but he must continue his quest to equal Roger Maris’ record.

Judge came close to hitting a 61st homer, which would have tied Maris’ mark for long pitches in a season, in the American League.

The Yankees slugger sent a ball 404 feet to center field, but Enrique Hernandez of the Red Sox grabbed it at the foot of the fence. The crowd of 43,123 people would have liked to celebrate.

“I just went under the ball,” Judge said. It was a windy evening so maybe I was hoping for the wind to blow when I hit, but I just missed the ball.”

It was in the ninth inning, his fifth at bat of the night. The other four resulted in three walks and one strikeout.

As for the game itself, Josh Donaldson hit a single in the 10th and New York beat Boston, 5-4.

“It was a pretty fun night. Maybe his circuit wasn’t scheduled for tonight. Maybe that’ll be for another night, Donaldson said of Judge. I was convinced he had homered.”

The victory ensured the Yankees made the playoffs for the sixth straight year. They lead their section by seven and a half games ahead of the Toronto Blue Jays.

“It’s a great accomplishment,” Judge said of the Yankees’ 24th playoff appearance in the past 28 seasons. There has been a lot of work during the season to get to this point, but I think all the players will say that the work is not finished. We have an ultimate goal of winning the section and putting ourselves in a good position for the playoffs. This is the first step of many others to come.”

Giancarlo Stanton gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run homer in the sixth.

In the next inning, Boston fought back with a solo homer from Triston Casas and then a long three-run ball from Reese McGuire.

The match became tied via a sacrifice ball from Harrison Bader, in the eighth.

Right fielder, Judge also pinned Tommy Pham who wanted to transform a single into a double, in ninth. His relay was powerful and perfect.

Clay Holmes (7-4) was the winning pitcher, Kaleb Ort (1-2) the loser.

The two clubs will meet again on Friday evening.

The starting pitchers will be Rich Hill and Gerrit Cole.


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