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  • Associated Press Boston's Hanley Ramirez, center, celebrates his two-run home run with Xander Bogaerts as New York catcher Gary Sanchez looks on.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 1:00 am

Boston 5 New York 4

Red Sox score winner on walk

KYLE HIGHTOWER| Associated Press

 BOSTON – Aroldis Chapman walked in the winning run without recording an out in the ninth inning to hand the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

The Yankees' hard- throwing closer gave up two runs in the ninth for his third blown save. New York entered tied for the major league lead with 17 blown saves.

Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia started the rally with consecutive singles and a successful double steal. Betts scored when second baseman Ronald Torreyes booted Xander Bogaerts' groundball.

After an intentional walk to Hanley Ramirez, Chapman (2-1) walked Andrew Benintendi on five pitches to bring home Pedroia.

Robby Scott (1-1) got the win for the Red Sox, who got their first victory over the Yankees at home this season. It was Boston's first game-ending walk since Sept. 23, 2000, against Baltimore.

Gary Sanchez had a two-run home run and an RBI single for the Yankees.

New York, which entered the four-game series 31/2 games behind AL East-leading Boston, had won four of the five previous meetings against its rival this season.

Drew Pomeranz was on the mound for Boston's lone victory this season against the Yankees last month. Pomeranz had seven strikeouts Friday, but allowed some pitches to get up in the zone. New York took advantage, scoring three runs in the fifth.

Ramirez put Boston up early, crushing his 14th home run over the left-center field fence in the third.

The Red Sox had a chance to get the lead back with runners on the corners in the seventh, but Benintendi's long fly to center was caught on the warning track by Jacoby Ellsbury.