Andrew Benintendi’s Walk-Off Caps Epic Red Sox Comeback Over Yankees

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After Yankees general manager Brian Cashman cast doubt on the quality of Boston's record heading into their series at Fenway Park, the Red Sox swept four games from their AL East rivals to expand their lead in the division to a season-high 9 1/2 games.

Had New York been able to sweep the Red Sox, the team would only be 1.5 games behind Boston for the lead in the AL East and the guarantee of avoiding having to play a Wild Card playoff game that comes with first place. Should the Red Sox win again Sunday, it'll be about time to put the Yankees' divisional hopes to bed. Matt Vasgersian, analysts Jessica Mendoza and Alex Rodriguez, and reporter Buster Olney will provide commentary. The Red Sox have a best-in-baseball 11 sweeps this season while not getting swept themselves at all.

The Yankees are stuck in a season-high five-game losing streak. With 52 games remaining after Sunday, the Yankees would have to go on an unlikely tear, as well as have the Red Sox plummet.

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"A tough way to obviously end a tough weekend, but we can't let this define what's been a great season", manager Aaron Boone said. Boston also won the Twitter battle. Four pitches later, Benintendi capped the four-hour, 39-minute marathon by chopping a single up the middle as pinch runner Tony Renda scored. "We're gonna keep playing ball", Chapman said through a translator. Third baseman Miguel Andujar then bounced a throw to first on Xander Bogaerts' grounder, with pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr. racing home with the tying run.

Red Sox starter Rick Porcello had hit Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner in the top of the first, leading to home plate umpire Adam Hamari issuing a warning to both sides.

"The fans here, they took that as a pivotal moment on winning a championship", he said.

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Boston rallied from a 0-3 series deficit in the 2004 ALCS en route to winning its first World Series since 1918. He was acquired from Minnesota on July 30.

The Red Sox had the day off on Monday before opening a three-game series against the Blue Jays.

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