Who needs an Aaron Judge home run?
The Yankees won in dramatic fashion again Friday night without a home run referee, sparked by Harrison Budd’s tumult in the second half of the eighth inning.
While Judge again stuck on 60 home runs in pursuit of No. 61, the Yankees won their fifth straight, beating the Red Sox 5-4 at the stadium.
Bud sparked a game-winning rally with two outs in the eighth, batting and walking for Oswaldo Peraza.
Jose Trevino was on the plate and Bader was second. Left-handed reliever Matt Strahm pitched first, but his pitch escaped from Triston Casas as Bader slipped for second And finished third for a mistake.
Trevino then made another big hit, a go-ahead RBI singles center.
Jonathan Loaisiga pitched a scoreless run in the eighth before allowing a pair of singles in the ninth. However, he struck out pinch hitter Abraham Almonte and let Reece McGuire end the game.
Two scoreless innings helped save Gerrit Cole, who was injured again with a home run and gave up two innings — including a tying 3-pointer from Alex Verdugo in the sixth inning .
After Cole hit JD Martinez to end the inning, he barked at home plate referee Brian Knight and was ejected, as did manager Aaron Boone, who came out to protect an angry Cole.
Meanwhile, another sold-out crowd in the Bronx wanted more as Judge went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
He hasn’t hit a homer since his ninth-inning comeback over the Pirates on Tuesday night.
However, Kerr’s home run issue is more pressing for the Yankees.
Kerr went into the sixth inning after Tommy Fan hit two homers in the first inning when he met after Kikai Hernandez’s single-double and walk to Rafael Devers. to trouble.
He knocked Pham out in the second out and thought he had caught Verdugo on a 1-2 pitch known as the ball – and looked low.
Verdugo then hit a three-run homer in the bullpen in the Yankees’ center lane.
Kerr has hit 10 home runs in his past six games.
The Yankees’ offense started in the bottom of the third quarter when Aaron Hicks tied the game with a one-run homer.
Hicks was booed en route in the Bronx’s first game since being pulled off Sept. 9 for two turnovers.
In his previous three games — all on the road — Hicks went 5-for-12 with one homer, two strikeouts and five strikeouts.
He batted in the fifth after his home run, Hicks’ 8th of the season and 100th of his career.
Isiah Kiner-Falefa led the game with a single, and Marwin Gonzalez walked ahead of Hicks with a single.
Judge flew left in the third quarter before hitting southpaw Rich Hill for the second time, this time on a 73-mph curveball.
Giancarlo Stanton flew to the right but Torres’ double on the left field line made it 4-1.
But Cole couldn’t keep the lead.
Verdugo’s homer was the 31st Kerr has allowed this season — tying his career high.