BOSTON — Alex Verdugo tied the game with an eighth-inning single and added a two-run hit to cap a three-run tenth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 6-5 yesterday.
Aaron Judge and Anthony Rizzo gave the Yankees a 5-3 lead with RBI doubles in the 10th off Jake Diekman.
Jeter Downs, named after former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, had an RBI single in the bottom half off Wandy Peralta (2-2). He thus achieved his first hit in the majors.
Third baseman Josh Donaldson juggled a grounder by Xander Bogaerts that seemed ideal for a double play that would have ended the game. Ultimately, he got just one out at first.
With runners on second and third and two out, Verdugo singled to right field. Rob Refsnyder scored and Downs, who got to the plate just before Joey Gallo’s throw.
In the morning, Downs was in the lineup at Triple-A Worcester before being called up to the major league roster.
Verdugo had tied the score at 3-3 with a ninth-inning single off Clay Holmes, who has squandered two of 18 save opportunities.
Boston snapped a four-game losing streak. He went 10-20 in his last games against his detested rivals in the American League East.
For the Yankees, Venezuelan Gleyber Torres 5-1 with a run scored.
For the Red Sox, Puerto Rican Christian Vázquez 5-0. The Mexican Verdugo 5-3 with three RBIs. Dominican Franchy Cordero 2-0.