Watch a Yankees fan deflate during Devers' home run

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday Aug. 8 2017 in St. Petersburg Fla

Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday Aug. 8 2017 in St. Petersburg Fla

The 1-2 pitch was a fastball that came in at 102.8 miles per hour and was hit even faster with a 105.9 miles per hour exit velocity to tie the game up at 2-2. After Chapman walked Eduardo Nunez - with a 3-2 fastball sailing to the backstop - Girardi lifted him for Kahnle, who walked Mookie Betts to load the bases. Sale had no trouble cutting through the NY lineup on July 15, when he scattered three hits and struck out 13 over 7 2/3 scoreless innings. It was only the second time in his career Chapman had surrendered a home run to a left-handed hitter. Judge has a 30-game strikeout streak going, and Chapman has blown two saves against the Red Sox since the break. They would be on an 11-game winning streak if not for the Yankees' five-run rally in the eighth inning of last Friday's game.

He increased his strikeout total to 228, the most by a Red Sox left-hander. "It couldn't have come at a better time".

Facing a late three-run deficit and their offense stuck in neutral, the Yankees seemed headed for another depressing loss in the Most Important Game of the Year.

The teams meet again next weekend at Fenway Park. They have 46 games remaining, including seven with Boston, but the Red Sox have been playing good baseball for a couple of months and the Yankees haven't been at their best since mid-June when they were 15 over.500 and leading the division by four games. The Red Sox PR department noted it's the lowest ERA by any pitcher vs. the Yankees since earned runs became an official stat in 1912 (minimum 50 innings pitched). Devers is also just the second rookie to homer off Chapman (Maikel Franco did so in 2015), but the 20-year-old is the youngest player to hit a home run against the flame-throwing southpaw.

Benintendi's game winning single comes a night after he hit two home runs and six RBIs in Boston's win over the Yankees on Saturday. "We went through a hard time in the bullpen".

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Given how NY has people capable of closing in their bullpen in the form of strikeout artists David Robertson and Dellin Betances, and even Tommy Kahnle, perhaps the best move would be to demote Chapman if only temporarily.

Coming up on the losing side of the pitching was Aroldis Chapman who now has a 4-2 record on the season.

A batter later, the game was over and the Yankees won.

The Yankees need to win the next game a lot from here on out just to have a chance at catching the Red Sox or else.

Sale is coming off yet another dominant outing in which he struck out 13 while limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to two hits in eight scoreless innings. The day before, Montgomery was hit on the head by a fly ball while signing autographs as the Red Sox took batting practice.