Sports | May 11, 2018 8:45 am

Red Sox and Yankees Deadlocked Atop MLB Standings After Boston Escapes With Win

Boston got a solo home run from J.D. Martinez in the eighth inning that broke a 4-4 tie.

Mitch Moreland #18, Rafael Devers #11 and Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory  against the New York Yankees on May 10, 2018 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
Mitch Moreland #18, Rafael Devers #11 and Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox celebrate a victory against the New York Yankees on May 10, 2018 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t pretty, but the Red Sox pulled a Snake and escaped from New York – with a win.

After losing the first two games of their much-hyped three-game series with the Yanks in the Bronx, the Red Sox got a solo home run from J.D. Martinez in the eighth inning that broke a 4-4 tie and allowed Boston to head out of town with a win.

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge had a shot at the ball, but just missed it as it cleared the right-field fence. “I was like blowing, praying, doing everything I can to push it over,” Martinez said.

Before Martinez’s dinger, it looked like the Red Sox were going to blow a big lead for the second straight night as their bullpen allowed four runs in the seventh inning after Boston’s bats had staked the team to a 4-0 lead.

Thanks to the win, Boston and New York are tied atop the AL East at 26-11, the best record in the major leagues. The longtime rivals will meet 13 more times this season.

The Red Sox will play tonight in Toronto while the Yankees will welcome Oakland to the Bronx.