Walker wakes Yanks with HR, Boston's AL East bash waits

NEW YORK (AP) Neil Walker and some teammates pulled into Yankee Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, only to turn right back around for home when New York announced a six-hour postponement.

The Yankees needed a jolt to get through the long, soggy day. Aaron Judge provided the first with his return to the lineup, and Walker helped finish the job.

Walker hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton started a game-ending double play on New York's third try in the ninth inning and the Yankees kept the Boston Red Sox from a bubbly celebration in the Bronx for at least another night with a 3-2 victory.

Batting from the left side, Walker golfed a no-doubter in the seventh inning off Ryan Brasier for the Yankees' third hit of the game and a 3-1 lead. Walker dropped his bat, admired the shot for a moment and then pointed into the Yankees dugout as he jogged to first base.

''We didn't have many hits tonight,'' Walker said. ''When you get a big hit like that, it can be uplifting. I was just happy to put a good swing on it.''

Judge returned to New York's lineup for the first time since breaking his right wrist July 26, while AL MVP candidate Mookie Betts got a day off for Boston after injuring his left side Sunday.

Judge hit a pop fly to the warning track but finished 0 for 4. He looked sharp in his at-bats, though, and gave the struggling Yankees an emotional lift amid a dreary stretch of the season - New York had dropped 10 of 17.

''He was running around like a Little Leaguer in here today ready to play,'' Walker said. ''He was anxious as I've seen him all year.''

New York increased its lead to 2 1/2 games over Oakland for the top AL wild card.

Boston is trying to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium for the second time in three years. The Red Sox lead the Yankees by 10 1/2 games and have a magic number of four over the Astros to lock up baseball's best record.

''We'll try again tomorrow and see what happens,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said.

Originally scheduled for 1:05 p.m., the start was pushed back earlier in the morning because heavy rain was in the forecast.

The teams combined for eight hits, and the game got a sloppy finish.

Britton had two on in the ninth after Brock Holt walked and Christian Vazquez reached when second baseman Gleyber Torres was unable to handle a wide feed from third on the first potential game-ending double play. Britton then scooped a short grounder by Sam Travis and threw it into center field with runners at first and third, allowing Holt to score. Ian Kinsler followed with an almost identical ball back to Britton, and the left-hander hit the target this time for the final two outs to finish his sixth save.

''A little frustration,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''But also knowing that the way Zach was throwing the ball, he was going to get another opportunity at it.''

Boston reliever Brandon Workman (6-1) walked two in the seventh before Walker took Brasier deep.

''You don't want to put traffic (on the bases),'' Cora said. ''Because they're one swing away from changing the game, and they did.''

The Red Sox bullpen wasted six scoreless innings of two-hit ball from hard-throwing starter Nathan Eovaldi.

Happ was nearly as good in muffling the Red Sox once again, allowing an unearned run over six innings. He entered as one of only four pitchers since 1923 to allow two or fewer earned runs over 10 straight starts against Boston - the others were Gaylord Perry, Randy Johnson and Bruce Howard. Happ has a 1.76 ERA in his past 11 starts against the Red Sox.

Chad Green (8-2) and David Robertson then got the ball to Britton.

Boston went ahead 1-0 with an unearned run in the third that followed a balk by Happ and a passed ball by Gary Sanchez.

Sanchez was booed after grounding out weakly to the pitcher in the fifth inning. He went 0 for 2 with a walk to drop his batting average to .187.

STAR-CROSSED

Boone slotted Judge to bat second and play right field, but only because the late start gave him and the front office a few extra hours to evaluate the reigning AL Rookie of the Year.

Judge batted in simulated games Monday and Tuesday, then lobbied hard for the Yankees to start him. They relented after he hit a homer off minor leaguer Adonis Rosa on Tuesday morning.

''I just voiced my opinion - a lot,'' Judge said with a grin. ''And they kind of got tired of me telling them I would be playing, so they finally said, `Let's just put him in there and see what happens.'''

A good portion of the Yankee Stadium crowd stood for Judge's first at-bat. Fans gasped when he hit a hard line drive into right field, then exhaled and clapped after Martinez easily caught it. The lineout was measured at 112 mph.

''I felt like I never left,'' Judge said. ''Everything felt good.''

Judge hit into an inning-ending double play in the third, drove a fly out to the warning track in the right field corner in the sixth and struck out in the eighth.

''He looked like he hadn't missed a beat from the at-bat quality,'' Boone said.

Betts, meanwhile, would have played if not for the damp conditions. Cora wrote Betts in as his center fielder at 9 a.m. but scratched him when it became clear the weather would be an issue.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Matt Barnes (hip inflammation) is set to throw a bullpen Wednesday and be re-evaluated after that. ... Eduardo Nunez started at DH and said he is fully healed after experiencing right knee soreness late last week.

Yankees: Aroldis Chapman will likely be activated Wednesday or Thursday. The closer has been out since Aug. 21 with left knee tendinitis. ... Top prospect Justus Sheffield was activated by the Yankees and available in the bullpen.

UP NEXT

Red Sox left-hander David Price (15-6, 3.42) faces struggling Yankees ace Luis Severino (17-8, 3.46).

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  • W: C. Green (8-2)L: B. Workman (6-1)S: Z. Britton (6)
  • HR: NYY - N. Walker (10)
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E. Nunez DH40100012.262.286.386.6720.5
B. Phillips 3B40000032.091.231.364.594-1.5
B. Holt LF-1B31100112.263.349.382.7322.5
C. Vazquez C30000101.211.256.293.5491.0
T. Lin PR00000000.208.283.271.5540.0
J. Bradley CF30000012.230.309.397.706-0.5
b- S. Travis PH10010001.143.217.190.4081.0
B. Swihart PR00000000.221.278.294.5730.0
  • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 8th
  • b-hit into fielder's choice for Bradley in the 9th
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A. McCutchen LF30000111.251.362.421.7830.5
A. Judge RF40000013.282.395.543.937-0.5
D. Gregorius SS20000010.269.337.500.8371.5
G. Stanton DH40000013.263.339.497.836-0.5
A. Hicks CF31100111.243.364.448.8124.5
M. Andujar 3B30000002.296.330.516.8460.0
A. Hechavarria 3B00000000.254.285.348.6330.0
G. Sanchez C21000111.187.285.405.6901.5
N. Walker 1B21131110.220.307.346.6538.5
G. Torres 2B30100001.280.348.496.8442.0
    BATTING
    • 2B - X. Bogaerts (43)
    • 3B - J. Martinez (2)
    • SF - J. Martinez (7)
    • RBI - J. Martinez (123), S. Travis (4)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, E. Nunez 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (2), J. Bradley 2 (2)
    BATTING
    • 2B - G. Torres (14)
    • HR - N. Walker (10)
    • RBI - N. Walker 3 (42)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), A. Hicks, G. Sanchez
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - A. Hicks (11)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Bogaerts-Kinsler-Pearce)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Britton-Torres-Walker)
    • E - Z. Britton, G. Torres (17)
    • PB - G. Sanchez (14)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    N. Eovaldi6.02002503.981.1519.5
    B. Workman (L, 6-1) (H, 6)0.10222002.771.15-9.0
    R. Brasier (BS, 2)0.21110011.800.83-2.0
    W. Cuevas1.00000204.351.554.0
    PITCHERSIP
    N. Eovaldi6.0
    B. Workman (L, 6-1) (H, 6)0.1
    R. Brasier (BS, 2)0.2
    W. Cuevas1.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Happ6.04103603.621.1317.0
    C. Green (W, 8-2)1.00000002.421.0510.0
    D. Robertson (H, 19)1.01000002.850.982.0
    Z. Britton (S, 6)1.00101103.411.229.5
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Happ6.0
    C. Green (W, 8-2)1.0
    D. Robertson (H, 19)1.0
    Z. Britton (S, 6)1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - N. Eovaldi (3), W. Cuevas (3)
    • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 83-52, B. Workman 16-5, R. Brasier 13-7, W. Cuevas 21-12
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 5-7
    • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 22, B. Workman 3, R. Brasier 3, W. Cuevas 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-66, C. Green 10-6, D. Robertson 13-8, Z. Britton 20-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 1-11, C. Green 1-2, D. Robertson 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0
    • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, C. Green 3, D. Robertson 4, Z. Britton 5
    • Balks - J. Happ
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    I. Kinsler 2B51100002.248.307.392.6992.0
    S. Pearce 1B10000200.297.391.531.9222.0
    a- A. Benintendi PH-LF10000000.286.362.466.8280.0
    J. Martinez RF30110001.328.397.6301.0274.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40100013.288.358.519.8771.5
    E. Nunez DH40100012.262.286.386.6720.5
    B. Phillips 3B40000032.091.231.364.594-1.5
    B. Holt LF-1B31100112.263.349.382.7322.5
    C. Vazquez C30000101.211.256.293.5491.0
    T. Lin PR00000000.208.283.271.5540.0
    J. Bradley CF30000012.230.309.397.706-0.5
    b- S. Travis PH10010001.143.217.190.4081.0
    B. Swihart PR00000000.221.278.294.5730.0
    Total3225204716-----
    • a-grounded out for Pearce in the 8th
    • b-hit into fielder's choice for Bradley in the 9th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    A. McCutchen LF30000111.251.362.421.7830.5
    A. Judge RF40000013.282.395.543.937-0.5
    D. Gregorius SS20000010.269.337.500.8371.5
    G. Stanton DH40000013.263.339.497.836-0.5
    A. Hicks CF31100111.243.364.448.8124.5
    M. Andujar 3B30000002.296.330.516.8460.0
    A. Hechavarria 3B00000000.254.285.348.6330.0
    G. Sanchez C21000111.187.285.405.6901.5
    N. Walker 1B21131110.220.307.346.6538.5
    G. Torres 2B30100001.280.348.496.8442.0
    Total2633314712-----
      BATTING
      • 2B - X. Bogaerts (43)
      • 3B - J. Martinez (2)
      • SF - J. Martinez (7)
      • RBI - J. Martinez (123), S. Travis (4)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - X. Bogaerts, E. Nunez 2 (2), B. Holt 2 (2), J. Bradley 2 (2)
      BATTING
      • 2B - G. Torres (14)
      • HR - N. Walker (10)
      • RBI - N. Walker 3 (42)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton 2 (2), A. Hicks, G. Sanchez
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Hicks (11)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Bogaerts-Kinsler-Pearce)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Britton-Torres-Walker)
      • E - Z. Britton, G. Torres (17)
      • PB - G. Sanchez (14)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Eovaldi6.02002503.981.1519.5
      B. Workman (L, 6-1) (H, 6)0.10222002.771.15-9.0
      R. Brasier (BS, 2)0.21110011.800.83-2.0
      W. Cuevas1.00000204.351.554.0
      Total8.0333471---
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Eovaldi6.0
      B. Workman (L, 6-1) (H, 6)0.1
      R. Brasier (BS, 2)0.2
      W. Cuevas1.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Happ6.04103603.621.1317.0
      C. Green (W, 8-2)1.00000002.421.0510.0
      D. Robertson (H, 19)1.01000002.850.982.0
      Z. Britton (S, 6)1.00101103.411.229.5
      Total9.0520470---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Happ6.0
      C. Green (W, 8-2)1.0
      D. Robertson (H, 19)1.0
      Z. Britton (S, 6)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - N. Eovaldi (3), W. Cuevas (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Eovaldi 83-52, B. Workman 16-5, R. Brasier 13-7, W. Cuevas 21-12
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Eovaldi 5-7
      • Batters Faced - N. Eovaldi 22, B. Workman 3, R. Brasier 3, W. Cuevas 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Happ 102-66, C. Green 10-6, D. Robertson 13-8, Z. Britton 20-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Happ 1-11, C. Green 1-2, D. Robertson 1-2, Z. Britton 3-0
      • Batters Faced - J. Happ 25, C. Green 3, D. Robertson 4, Z. Britton 5
      • Balks - J. Happ
      • 9TH INNING
        Travis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Holt scored, Lin to second on Britton throwing error23
      • 7TH INNING
        Walker homered to right, Hicks and Sanchez scored13
      • 3RD INNING
        Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Kinsler scored, Pearce to third10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Zach Britton relieved David Robertson
        • Adeiny Hechavarria at third base
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Holt walked
        • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Vazquez reached on fielder's choice to third, Holt to third on 2nd baseman Torres fielding error
        • Tzu-Wei Lin ran for Christian Vazquez
        • Sam Travis hit for Jackie Bradley
        • S. Travis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Travis reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Holt scored, Lin to second on Britton throwing error
        • Blake Swihart ran for Sam Travis
        • I. Kinsler: Ball, Kinsler grounded out to second, Swihart out at second
        • Middle of the 9th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 2 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • David Robertson relieved Chad Green
        • Andrew Benintendi hit for Steve Pearce
        • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to first
        • J. Martinez: Strike swinging, Martinez tripled to deep center
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts popped out to first
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Nunez flied out to deep left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • William Cuevas relieved Ryan Brasier
        • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Judge struck out swinging
        • D. Gregorius: Strike looking, Ball, Gregorius hit by pitch
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Stanton flied out to right
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Hicks struck out swinging
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Chad Green relieved J.A. Happ
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Vazquez lined out to center
        • J. Bradley: Bradley flied out to deep right
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kinsler grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Brandon Workman relieved Nathan Eovaldi
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Hicks walked
        • M. Andujar: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Andujar fouled out to first
        • G. Sanchez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Hicks stole second, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sanchez walked
        • Ryan Brasier relieved Brandon Workman
        • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Walker homered to right, Hicks and Sanchez scored
        • G. Torres: Ball, Torres fouled out to first
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, McCutchen flied out to left
        • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez popped out to second
        • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts doubled to deep left
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Nunez singled to center, Bogaerts to third
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Phillips popped out to second
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Holt struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres doubled to deep left
        • A. McCutchen: McCutchen lined out to center
        • A. Judge: Strike swinging, Judge flied out to deep right, Torres to third
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Gregorius hit by pitch
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Stanton struck out swinging
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler lined out to center
        • S. Pearce: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Pearce popped out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Andujar popped out to first
        • G. Sanchez: Sanchez grounded out to pitcher
        • N. Walker: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • B. Phillips: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Holt lined out to right
        • C. Vazquez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Vazquez fouled out to first
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gregorius struck out swinging
        • G. Stanton: Strike swinging, Ball, Stanton grounded out to shortstop
        • A. Hicks: Strike looking, Hicks lined out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kinsler singled to left
        • S. Pearce: Kinsler to second on balk, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
        • J. Martinez: Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler to third, Pearce to second on passed ball, Martinez hit sacrifice fly to right, Kinsler scored, Pearce to third
        • X. Bogaerts: Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
        • E. Nunez: Foul, Ball, Nunez flied out to center
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Torres flied out to deep left
        • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, McCutchen walked, Walker to second
        • A. Judge: Judge grounded out to second, Walker to third, McCutchen out at second
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • E. Nunez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
        • B. Phillips: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Phillips struck out swinging
        • B. Holt: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Holt singled to right
        • C. Vazquez: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Vazquez walked, Holt to second
        • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Strike looking, Stanton grounded out to pitcher
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Hicks singled to right
        • M. Andujar: Andujar flied out to right
        • G. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • J. Happ Pitching:
        • I. Kinsler: Kinsler flied out to center
        • S. Pearce: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pearce walked
        • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Martinez flied out to right
        • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • N. Eovaldi Pitching:
        • A. McCutchen: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, McCutchen struck out swinging
        • A. Judge: Ball, Judge lined out to right
        • D. Gregorius: Ball, Gregorius grounded out to second
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)