Red-hot Judge powers Yankees past Red Sox

Aaron Judge extended his career-best streak by homering in a fifth consecutive game, then added another go-ahead blast in the eighth inning, leading the Yankees to a 9-7 victory and completing a three-game sweep of the Red Sox on Sunday night at Yankee Stadium.

Judge celebrated the 10th multi-homer game of his career, claiming the Major League lead with six homers so far. Judge’s second-inning, three-run blast off Matt Hall made him the first Yankee to homer in five straight contests since Alex Rodriguez in September 2007, and Judge added a two-run shot off Matt Barnes in the eighth.

He’s one of the great players in the game,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said after Saturday’s victory.

Boston led by a run going to the eighth, but DJ LeMahieu tied the game with an RBI single before Judge deposited a Barnes pitch into the left-field bullpen — the sixth home run between the two clubs in the slugfest, joining Xander Bogaerts’ two-homer performance and solo blasts by Boston’s Rafael Devers and the Yanks’ Luke Voit.

Bogaerts’ first homer of the night came off James Paxton, who struggled to miss bats for a second straight start. The left-hander permitted five runs (three earned) over three innings, displaying lower velocity on his fastball as he returns from back surgery performed in February.

Paxton was knocked for seven hits in a 62-pitch effort, striking out four while walking none. Paxton’s fastball averaged 91.5 mph and maxed at 92.9 mph, down from his 2019 average of 95.4 mph. Yankees rookie right-hander Michael King held Boston to two runs over 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen, and Adam Ottavino picked up the win in relief.

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