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FIRST PLACE: Yankees stand alone at top of AL East after comeback win over Sox

The internal data circulating throughout the clubhouse, digging deep into columns like exit velocity and walk rate, suggested that Brett Gardner was due for a breakout performance. The numbers crunchers had this one nailed, foreseeing his best night of the season, as Gardner highlighted a four-run eighth inning that vaulted the Yankees into first place in the American League East.

Gardner ripped a two-run triple and Aaron Judge launched a two-run homer into Monument Park as the Yankees rallied against Craig Kimbrel, who was seeking the first five-out save of his career. Instead, the Yankees secured their eighth consecutive victory, shaking hands for the 17th time in their last 18 contests as they celebrated a memorable 9-6 win over the Red Sox on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium.

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