NEW YORK -- The Red Sox enjoyed a glimpse of their bright future on Sunday evening as Rafael Devers cracked a dramatic, game-tying home run and Andrew Benintendi delivered the go-ahead hit, lifting Boston to a thrilling 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Yankees that swelled their American League East lead to a season-high 5 1/2 games.
Devers tied the game in the ninth inning with the fourth homer of his young career, catching up with a 102.8-mph Aroldis Chapman fastball and driving it over into the visiting bullpen in left-center field. It marked New York's 20th blown save of the season, and just the second homer that Chapman has ever allowed to a left-handed hitter.
"I was thinking hit the ball up the middle, but you can't plan a home run," said Devers, who joined Luke Scott (2011) as the only lefties to homer off Chapman. "Obviously he's an All-Star, but I didn't know the stat. I just go about every at-bat the same."
The 102.8-mph heater was the fastest pitch hit for a home run since MLB began officially tracking velocity in 2008. Benintendi's RBI single off Tommy Kahnle drove in Jackie Bradley Jr., who was plunked by Chapman (4-2) on an 0-2 fastball with one out. It was the ninth RBI of the three-game set for Benintendi, who extended his hitting streak to seven games.
"He's had a huge series," said Red Sox manager John Farrell. "He's been right man, right spot, bases loaded, and what was beautiful was he lays off a couple of really tough hard sliders from Kahnle and gets a fastball for a line-drive base hit."
"I have high expectations of myself," Chapman said through an interpreter. "The last couple of outings haven't been what I would like them to be. You definitely feel bad when you lose a game. You put that on your shoulders."
Living up to the hype under the bright lights of a national television broadcast, Chris Sale settled for a no-decision despite a 12-strikeout effort that made him the first Boston hurler since Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez in 2001 to ring up three consecutive starts of 10 or more whiffs against the Yankees.
"It's big," said Sale. "Anytime you can come up here and win a series in this division this late in the year, it's big. Like I said before, we know where we're at, we know what we need to do, we know the task at hand. We're just grinding every day."
Austin Romine accounted for the only run off Sale with the first triple of his big league career, a fifth-inning line drive that clanged off the glove of right fielder Mookie Betts as he leapt against the wall. Sale allowed four hits and walked two in the no-decision. Craig Kimbrel (4-0) picked up the win with 1 1/3 innings of relief.
One day after being hit in the head by a batting practice fly ball, Yankees rookie left-hander Jordan Montgomery stood tall against Sale, holding the Red Sox to Bradley's fifth-inning RBI single and one other hit over 5 1/3 innings.
"Every loss is tough, especially how we were battling tonight, fighting, going up against Chris Sale -- the best pitcher in the game right now," Aaron Judge said. "It was a grind. We just weren't able to come up with it in the end."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Finally a spot for Kimbrel: By the time the bottom of the ninth inning started, Farrell still hadn't deployed All-Star closer Kimbrel in this three-game series. With the potential winning run on second with one out, Farrell initially wanted Kimbrel to face Jacoby Ellsbury. But home-plate umpire Laz Diaz reminded Farrell that a move was not allowed because pitching coach Carl Willis had come to the mound earlier in the at-bat. Addison Reed got Ellsbury on a grounder, and Farrell then went to his man. Kimbrel struck out Brett Gardner to end the ninth and then picked up the win with a 1-2-3 10th.
"In the ninth inning, I messed up. I know the rule, I messed up trying to get Kimbrel into the game, but it worked out," said Farrell. "We matched up, we got outs when we needed. It was a big win, to finish out a road series win."
Kimbrel lowered his ERA to 1.44 on the season.
Glove story: Betts' reaction immediately after Romine's fifth-inning triple suggested that he believed the ball should have been caught, a drive to the right field wall that he camped under but was unable to put away as he timed his leap, the ball caroming off the heel of his glove. The ball came off Romine's bat at 96.8 mph and had a catch probability of 93 percent, according to Statcast™.
"Honestly, i just missed it," said Betts. "It felt great that your teammates picked you up but in that situation that can't happen."
"I literally jumped up when he hit it. I was in the trainer's room doing some work and, I mean, you can't help but smile. Talk about a moment in a game, for a guy like him, a young guy, a rookie, it's huge, and that's why you love him. That's why he's here, and those are the things we've almost come to expect out of him." -- Sale, on the equalizer by Devers
"It's not easy to stand in there with a guy throwing 103, so it just kind of shows you the player that Devers is." -- Benintendi, on Devers
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This was the 16th time Sale has racked up double-digit strikeouts this season, the most since Hall of Famer Randy Johnson did it 23 times in 2001. Pedro Martinez holds the Red Sox record with 19 double-digit strikeout games in 1999.
WHAT'S NEXT Red Sox: Right-hander Doug Fister gets the ball for Monday's 6:10 p.m. ET makeup game against the Indians at Fenway Park. Fister's best performance so far for the Red Sox came against the Indians on July 31, when he allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings.
Yankees: Rivalry Week continues for the Bombers, who host the Mets on Monday evening as the four-game, two-stadium Subway Series opens in the Bronx at 7:05 p.m. ET. The Yankees will give the ball to right-hander Luis Cessa, who will start in place of the injured Masahiro Tanaka.