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Gardner, Judge rally Yankees past Red Sox for 17-1 surge

New York Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner (11) watches as right fielder Aaron Judge, center, and center fielder Aaron Hicks celebrate the Yankees’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game in New York, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Brett Gardner capped a slump-busting performance with a go-ahead, two-run triple off Craig Kimbrel in the eighth inning, Aaron Judge followed with a homer and the New York Yankees rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 9-6 Wednesday night for their 17th victory in 18 games.

Kimbrel entered with two on and one out to face Gardner seeking the first five-out save of his career. Gardner drilled a full-count pitch into left-center field, well over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts, who was playing shallow. Neil Walker scored easily from third and rookie Gleyber Torres raced from first and slid past a lunging tag attempted by catcher Christian Vazquez.

Judge followed with a line drive to center measured at 117 mph off the bat, his ninth homer of the season. He had three hits and three RBIs as New York won its eighth straight overall and 11th in a row at home.

Kimbrel replaced Matt Barnes (0-1) after a double by Walker and a one-out walk to Torres.

Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder (1-1) cleaned up a mess left by Chasen Shreve in the eighth, getting Benintendi to ground out with the bases loaded.

Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his ninth save.

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