The eighth was the charm: Yankees finally beat Boston in a game concluded by rain and with aggression against Alex Verdugo

Gerrit Cole struck out 11 strikeouts and New York Yankees beat Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Saturday in a duel that was given for concluded after six innings, in the middle of a torrential downpour.

The Dominican Gary Sánchez and the Venezuelan Gleyber Torres hit home runs followed in the sixth inning against Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1), and the Yankees beat their staunch rivals by first time in eight confrontations during

Cole (10-4), who pitched 129 pitches last Saturday to deliver a shutout in Houston, this time he allowed one run and five hits while covering a six-inning complete game. It was the seventh time he has struck out 10 or more this season.

The meeting started with 52 minute delay due to storm threat, although it was not raining and the canvas was not placed on the ground.

Activity stopped before the Yankees took a 3-1 lead, when a fan threw a ball near Mexico’s Alex Verdugo, Boston’s left fielder.

For the Red Sox, Puerto Ricans Kiké Hernández 3-1, Christian Vázquez 3-0. The Mexican Verdugo of 3-1. The Dominican Rafael Devers 2-0.

For the Yankees, the Venezuelans Rougned Odor 2-0, Torres 2-1 with a run scored and an RBI. The Dominican Sánchez 2-1 with one scored.

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