Aaron Judge leaped at the wall to try to keep the game tied in the top of the eighth when Boston’s J.D. Martinez lofted a fly ball to deep right off Dellin Betances, but even at 6-foot-7, Judge wasn’t able to keep it in the park.
The home run gave the Red Sox the decisive run in a 5-4 win in The Bronx, snapping the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak — and it also cost one fan his seat.
While no one reached over the wall, fans also didn’t back off to give Judge more room to try to bring the ball back.
Afterward, Judge took the blame for not making the catch after it broke the plane of the wall.
“I ran into [the fan], but once it gets past that line, it’s fair game,’’ Judge said. “If I had gotten a better read, that is what it came down to. I just missed it.’’
Hanley Ramirez told Martinez to hit one out before he went to the plate and Martinez obliged, capitalizing on the short porch in right.
“He said to hit it out as a joke,” Martinez said.
When Martinez made contact, he didn’t think it would make it out.
“I was blowing, praying, doing everything I can to push it over,” Martinez said. “I knew it had a chance.”
Whatever he did, it worked.
“Off the bat, it looked like a fly ball,” Boston manager Alex Cora said. “But with J.D., you never know. His power plays everywhere and here it’s a short porch and he took advantage of it.”
As for getting some help from the Yankees fans in right, Cora said: “I didn’t bother looking at the video. I saw them kick him out. I felt bad for the guy.”
Needless to say, Cora and the Red Sox will take the win — especially after surviving another late rally by the Yankees.
“Their at-bats after the seventh inning are amazing,” Cora said of the Yankees’ knack for comeback victories. “What they do here, for them it’s fun to watch. For me it’s, ‘Oh, God, here we go again.’ ”
Cora compared the atmosphere the last three nights in The Bronx to when he played for Boston from 2005-08 and coached in last year’s ALCS with the Astros.
“It was that loud,” Cora said. “They’ve got something going on good there, but we also have something going on good here.
“It’s gonna be fun the rest of the year.”
Ramirez, though, is confident Boston will come out ahead.
Asked if he expected games like this the rest of the season between the two, Ramirez said: “Hell, no. It ain’t gonna be like this all year. We’re gonna take off.”