BOSTON (AP) — The Yankees and Red Sox have had their share of games decided by late rallies and towering home runs.
This time, it came down to a free pass.
Aroldis Chapman walked in the winning run without recording an out in the ninth inning, handing Boston a 5-4 win over New York on Friday night.
The Yankees hard-throwing closer gave up two runs in the ninth for his third blown save. New York entered tied for the major league lead with 17 blown saves.
“That happens to all pitchers,” Chapman said. “Sometimes you get into a game and you have an inning like that where you’re not as sharp as you would like to be.”
Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia started the comeback with consecutive singles and a successful double steal. Betts scored when second baseman Ronald Torreyes booted Xander Bogaerts’ groundball.
After an intentional walk to Hanley Ramirez, Chapman (2-1) walked Andrew Benintendi on five pitches to bring home Pedroia.
“That 3-1 pitch, I was about 90% take,” Benintendi said. “It was gonna take a perfect…