The largest Yankee Stadium crowd of the year witnessed a 5-4 Red Sox win in 11 innings on Friday night. But you are completely excused if you watched the game and woke up Saturday morning asking yourself, "How did they pull that off?"
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Oh sure, you had Nathan Eovaldi coming back from the injured list and minus the 3-run Giancarlo Stanton home run in the second inning, he pitched reasonably well. That's something you expect from Eovaldi.
What you might not have expected was the bullpen performance that held the Yankees to just one run over 6.2 innings.
Oh sure, you had Tanner Houck botch a completely routine comebacker in the 9th that allowed the tying run to score, but then he turned around the got not one, but two, double plays with the bases loaded to keep New York from scoring.
Oh sure, you had Rafael Devers and Christian Vazquez hitting home runs. You expect that, especially from Devers who just kills the Yankees.
What you most definitely didn't expect was Bobby Dalbec taking Aroldis Chapman deep.
And then of course there was Xander Bogaerts (pictured) scoring from third on a wild pitch in the 11th and Ryan Brasier nailing down the victory in the bottom of the inning.
For the Red Sox, it helped remove the stench of a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Rays earlier this week. For the Yankees, it was their sixth loss in their last ten games.
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