NEW YORK — New York Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole and manager Aaron Boone were both ejected from Friday night’s 5-4 loss against the Boston Red Sox for arguing with plate umpire Brian Knight about a ball called before a game home run. In the sixth inning.
Cole’s 1-2 pitch to Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo — which appeared to be low in the strike zone — was called a ball, and his pitch was drilled by Verdugo, a 100-mph four-seam fastball. A three-run homer over the right-field fence tied the game at 4.
Cole then struck out JD Martinez to end the inning; As he walked off the mound, he began yelling at Knight, who immediately motioned for Cole to be ejected. At that point, an enraged Boone began arguing with Knight in favor of his starter, and was thrown out.
It was Boone’s ninth strikeout of the season, the most by a manager in a season since Bobby Cox in 2007 (10), according to ESPN Stats and Information Research.
Cole has now allowed 31 home runs this season, the most in the American League and second in all of MLB behind Josiah Gray of the Washington Nationals.
Kohli finished the game with 8 strikeouts over 6 innings, giving him 244 for the season — second most in a season in Yankees history. He is just four punchouts away from surpassing Ron Guidry’s franchise mark of 248, set in 1978.
Yankees pinch-hitter Harrison Bader drew a two-out walk in the eighth and was credited with a stolen base when a wild pickoff attempt by Boston’s Matt Strahm allowed him to reach third. Jose Trevino scored the tiebreaking run on the next pitch. Jonathan Loisica pitched two scoreless innings for the win, working around a pair of one-out singles in the ninth.
Aaron Judge was held without a homer for the third straight game, keeping him at 60 this season and one shy of Roger Morris’ American League record.
The first-place Yankees cut their magic number to five to win the AL East title.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.