By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Author
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Decide went homerless for the fourth straight recreation and remained one shy of Roger Maris’ American League report of 61 because the New York Yankees beat the Boston Crimson Sox 7-5 on Saturday to shut in on their first AL East title since 2019.
Decide was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts and a stroll. Since hitting No. 60 to spark a ninth-inning comeback on Tuesday night time, Decide is 3 for 13 with two doubles, 5 walks and 6 strikeouts.
He made a uncommon displaying of anger on the sphere within the seventh when first base umpire Chris Conroy dominated he had not checked his swing and had struck out. Decide gestured on the umpire after which waved in disgust whereas strolling again to the dugout.
Anthony Rizzo adopted with a two-run homer off John Schreiber (3-4) that broke a 5-5 tie. Rizzo tied his profession excessive, reaching 32 for the fourth time.
The Yankees (93-58) have received six straight and 10 of 12, surpassing final yr’s wins complete and opening an 8 1/2-game division lead. They’ve 11 video games remaining, ending a four-game collection Sunday after which heading to Toronto for 3 video games.
Decide additionally took a known as third strike within the first from Nick Pivetta, flied to medium heart within the third and walked within the fifth. He was on deck when Jose Trevino ended the eighth with a groundout.
Xander Bogaerts went 2 for 4 and took over the AL batting lead with a .315 common to Decide’s .314. Decide leads the most important leagues with 128 RBIs and is in competition for the primary Triple Crown since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.
Oswaldo Cabrera hit a two-run homer within the fourth towards Pivetta, the rookie’s fourth since his Aug. 17 debut, and Gleyber Torres hit his twenty fourth homer of the season.
Triston Casas and Reese McGuire homered for Boston within the second towards Domingo Germán, who allowed three runs and three hits in 5 innings.
New York reliever Zack Britton, recovered from Tommy John surgical procedure, entered within the sixth with a 5-3 lead in his first huge league look since Aug. 19 final yr. He walked three of 5 batters with a success and a strikeout, leaving after a four-pitch, bases-loaded stroll to Casas. Alex Verdugo tied it at 5 with an RBI single within the seventh towards Lucas Luetge (4-4).
Clarke Schmidt stranded two runners within the eighth, and Scott Effross acquired three outs for his third save, his second with the Yankees. Sidelined by a strained proper shoulder since Aug. 20, Effross allowed a single to Rafael Devers and hit Bogaerts with a pitch to place two on with no outs, then stranded the bases loaded when Bobby Dalbec grounded right into a forceout.
Boston (72-79) is on a four-game skid and sure headed to its second shedding report in three years.
Yankees heart fielder Harrison Bader sprinted to make a diving catch on Abraham Almonte briefly heart for the second out of the eighth with two on.
Batters had been 0 for 22 in at-bats that ended with Luetge’s curveball this season earlier than Dalbec singled within the eighth.
IN THE SEATS
The sellout crowd of 47,611 raised the season complete to at Yankee Stadium to 2.95 million, greater than 1 million above final yr, when there was a restricted capability till mid-June due to COVID-19 restrictions. New York is on monitor to prime 3 million for the primary time since 2019 and has 14 sellouts, two greater than three years in the past.
Crimson Sox: RHP Nathan Eovaldi (shoulder irritation) will probably be evaluated Monday after making a three-inning rehab begin for Triple-A Worcester on Friday.
LHP Nestor Cortes (10-4, 2.67 ERA) begins Sunday night time’s collection finale for the Yankees and RHP Brayan Bello (2-6, 4.75 ERA) for the Crimson Sox. The groups meet for the nineteenth time this yr, six greater than underneath the 2023 balanced schedule.