MLB Roundup: New York Yankees fans prematurely cheer Anthony Volpe’s would-be walk-off homer vs. Red Sox as rookie watches ball sail foul… and then pops out to seal 3-2 loss
- Volpe sent Yankees fans into hysterics with what many thought was a walk-off
- Instead the ball fell into foul territory, and the Yankees lost to the Red Sox, 3-2
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New York Yankees rookie Anthony Volpe sent the Bronx faithful into hysterics with what many thought was a walk-off home run against the Boston Red Sox on Friday night.
The shortstop took a 3-2 offering from Red Sox Closer Kenley Jansen deep down down the left-field line in the bottom of the ninth, only to see the ball fall into foul territory.
Volpe ultimately popped out to end the threat in the ninth inning as Boston pulled out a 3-2 win over New York in their first meeting of the season, thanks in large part to another Rafael Devers homer off Yankees starter Gerrit Cole.
Triston Casas had two hits and an RBI and Enrique Hernandez also homered as the Red Sox ended a six-game losing streak at Yankee Stadium and won for the sixth time in their past 18 games overall.
Josh Donaldson homered for the Yankees, who lost for the third time in four games and dropped to 1-19 when scoring two runs or fewer this season.
Devers hit his seventh homer in 33 career at-bats against Cole (7-1). The third baseman also ended a 16-game homerless drought by going deep for the first time since hitting two May 19 at San Diego.
Volpe sent Yankees fans into hysterics with what many thought was a walk-off against Boston
Kenley Jansen (74) is greeted by Boston Red Sox designated hitter Justin Turner after last out
Jansen, who entered with a 7.88 ERA over his past nine outings, got two quick outs before encountering trouble. Billy McKinney and Gleyber Torres singled to give the Yankees runners on first and second for Volpe.
Volpe then hit his foul ball down the left-field line that missed a game-ending three-run homer by a few feet.
Jansen then got the rookie on a pop-up to secure his 14th save in 17 chances.
Garrett Whitlock (3-2), a former 18th-round pick by New York in 2017, allowed two runs on seven hits in 6 1/3 innings. In his first start against his former organization after 12 relief appearances versus them, Whitlock struck out six and walked one.
Boston Red Sox’s Rafael Devers slides past New York Yankees catcher Jose Trevino
Cole allowed two runs on seven hits in six innings for his first loss since his final regular-season start of last season. Cole struck out six and walked one.
Devers hit a one-out double in the fourth and scored two batters later on Casas’ single. In his next at-bat, Devers reached for a first-pitch changeup and lifted it into the visiting bullpen beyond the left-center field fence for his 14th homer and a 2-0 Boston lead in the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth, Donaldson hit the second pitch of the inning into the netting above Monument Park in center field to make it 2-1, but Hernandez homered to left off Albert Abreu in the seventh.
The Yankees made it 3-2 when Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a wild pitch, which chased Whitlock. Nick Pivetta finished the seventh and Chris Martin worked a 1-2-3 eighth before Jansen escaped.