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Yankees’ Gerrit Cole victimized by long ball again


BOSTON — Gerrit Cole was hurt by the long ball, then saved by the long ball.

Three Yankees home runs, including two courtesy of Aaron Judge, spared Cole a loss Tuesday night and handed him a no decision as a substitute. But his propensity for giving up homers, especially at Fenway Park, continued within the 7-6, 10-inning win over the Red Sox.

Cole was tagged for 3 home runs, which accounted for 3 of the 4 hits he allowed across six innings of labor. The correct-hander, who struck out 10, left with a 4-3 deficit before Judge’s second homer of the night tied it back up within the eighth inning.

After serving up long balls to Triston Casas, Reese McGuire and Xander Bogaerts, Cole has now allowed 27 home runs this season — tied for the third-most in MLB, though he had thrown more innings than every other pitcher in the highest 17 in that category. His 1.4 home runs per nine innings are tied for fifth amongst qualified pitchers in MLB.

Gerrit Cole reacts dejectedly after giving up a two-run homer to Trison Casas (background) within the second inning of the Yankees’ 7-6, 10-inning win over the Red Sox.N.Y. Post: Charles Wenzelberg

The 12 regular-season home runs that Cole has now given up in his profession at Fenway Park (spanning eight starts and 44 innings) are essentially the most he has allowed in any stadium he has not called home — meaning Yankee Stadium, Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.

The primary homer of the night got here within the second inning. After walking Rafael Devers — who is generally the one doing damage off Cole — to steer off the inning, Cole got two outs before leaving a 2-0 fastball over the plate to Casas. The rookie drilled it off an indication above the Green Monster for his second profession home run to provide the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.

After Marwin Gonzalez tied the rating with a two-run homer within the third inning, Cole served up one other home run in the underside of the frame. McGuire hooked his 96 mph fastball across the Pesky Pole for his first homer of the season, putting the Sox back up 3-2.

Then, after Judge tied the rating along with his first homer of the night in the highest of the sixth, Cole immediately gave the lead back to Boston in the underside of the inning. This time it was Bogaerts who tucked a solo shot contained in the Pesky Pole for a 4-3 lead.

Cole had pitched well against the Red Sox in his most up-to-date start this season, giving up two runs (on one home run) across seven innings at Yankee Stadium in July. But in the beginning before that, the Red Sox had tagged Cole for five runs (on two home runs) across six innings at Fenway Park.

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