The crowd packed Yankee Stadium to see the home runs on Friday night. Aaron Judge is one homer away from tying the Yankees’ 61-year AL record at 61, and the field has had homers, but not the ones they wanted. Jose Trevino’s eighth-inning RBI single rallied the Bombers to a 5-4 victory after Gerrit Cole gave up two more homers to the Red Sox.

The Yankees (92-58) have won each of their last five games, nine of their last 11 games and 13 of their last 17.

The Yankees scored on a home run and a single by Aaron Hicks and a double by Gleyber Torres. In the eighth, Garrison Bader pinch-hit, stole a base and went to third on a throwing error and scored on a single by Jose Trevino.

It was the third game in which Judge had a single home run. He returned home for the last time on Tuesday evening.

Judge struck out six pitches in the first inning, and Hill got him to turn on an 85 mph curveball. In the third inning, Judge hit an 84 mph cutter, sending it high up the left warning track for an out. Hill struck out Judge again in the fifth, needing just four innings to strike him out, swinging a 73 mph fastball.

In the seventh, with the game tied, Umpire lined a single into left field and was met with groans and polite applause.

The battles of the judges were interesting. Everyone in the stadium stands and most start recording on their phones. The Yankees’ bullpen pitchers come out to watch, and when the inning rolls around, it’s quiet, like everyone’s holding their breath.

“The moment is great. I think the baseball world and certainly the people in attendance understand what they’re potentially witnessing and watching,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “I think it’s just everybody on the edge of their seat and all their focus and energy is on it. And it shows in the silence on the part of over 40,000 people at that moment because you don’t want to miss anything or you’re completely self-absorbed and focused. It’s fun to watch and I think it’s going to be very memorable for a lot of people. How it manifested itself in the sports arena. That buzz of anticipation as it rises to excitement is very interesting.”

Instead, the real Yankees fireworks Friday night, seen by the 47,346 in attendance at the stadium, came via Cole.

The 32-year-old right-hander’s frustration spilled over in the sixth. The Yankees’ ace was furious that he didn’t get a 1-2 strikeout by Alex Verdugo. Angered, Cole threw a 100 mph pitch and Verdugo crushed it 396 feet into the Yankee bullpen. The three-run shot tied the game and was Cole’s 31st homer this season. The 30th came after Cole struck out Quique Hernandez and Rafael Devers to start the game. Tommy Pham smashed a 96 mph fastball to the short porch in right field.

After Verdugo’s homer, Cole struck out JD Martinez and started yelling at home plate umpire Brian Knight, who ejected him. Cole leaned back and yelled at Knight as catcher Jose Trevino tried to get between them. Aaron Boone came out of the dugout to try to keep control of the situation. They also threw the manager.

It was Cole’s ninth home run against the Red Sox this season.

Cole allowed four earned runs for his fourth straight start. The Red Sox have five hits, two walks and eight strikeouts for 244 this season, four shy of the franchise record set by Ron Guidry.

Torres doubled off a grounder to left field, scoring Isaiah Keener-Falef, Marvin Gonzalez and Hicks to give the Yankees the lead. He advanced to third on a sloppy throw by Pham. Torres has a 16-game hitting streak, the second-longest of his career. He is 21-for-66 in that span with 13 runs, five homers, 19 RBI and 10 walks.

Hicks, whose playing time has dwindled over the past month, hit his 100th career home run in the bottom of the third inning to tie the game. It was Hicks’ eighth of the season and he traveled 405 feet to left-center field. He hasn’t played since Sunday in Milwaukee, missing playing time around the trade deadline when the Yankees acquired Andrew Benintendi, now injured, and Harrison Bader, who just returned from the injured list on Tuesday.

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