Benintendi's walk-off seals Red Sox sweep

Silvia Morton
August 7, 2018

The faceoff between the Red Sox and the New York Yankees, which saw Boston defeat New York in 10 innings, delivered the best Sunday Night Baseball rating in four years for ESPN, according to Nielsen.

Boston started its rally in the ninth when Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman issued back-to-back, one-out walks. He allowed three walks and J.D. Martinez's two-out, two-run, bases-loaded single over second baseman Gleyber Torres' leaping attempt, cutting New York's lead to 4-3. Boston tied the score on a throwing error by Yankees third baseman Miguel Andújar.

Cora's Red Sox went on to win the game 4-1 without their manager. In the bottom of the first, Severino came up and in on Mookie Betts. Four pitches later, Benintendi capped the four-hour, 39-minute marathon by chopping a single up the middle as pinch runner Tony Renda scored.

Benintendi hit a walk-off single that gave Boston the win, sent Fenway Park into hysterics and buried the Yankees even deeper in the AL East standings.

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The Red Sox comeback finished out a worst-case scenario for the Yankees over the weekend. Washington pulled out a 2-1 win.

NY scored four runs in the seventh Sunday and held a three-run lead heading into the ninth inning.

David Price held the lead until allowing the first two hitters to reach in the seventh.

Masahiro Tanaka allowed Betts' homer but little else among six hits.

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