Trevino comes up clutch as Yanks down Sox

NEW YORK — The hushed anticipation for Aaron Judge’s American League record-tying 61st home run stretched through a third day, but there were fireworks of a different sort on Friday evening at Yankee Stadium, where Gerrit Cole was ejected and Jose Trevino delivered a tiebreaking hit late in the Yankees’ 5-4 victory over the Red Sox.

Trevino continued his season-long run of success with runners in scoring position by stroking a clean RBI single to center field in the eighth inning, scoring Harrison Bader, who had come off the bench to work a pinch-hit walk and then advanced to third on a throwing error by pitcher Matt Strahm.

Seeking to equal Roger Maris’ AL single-season record of 61 homers, a sellout crowd of 47,346 rose for each plate appearance as Judge was kept in the ballpark, limited to a seventh-inning single in four at-bats. Judge was hitless against Boston starter Rich Hill, striking out twice and flying out to left field.

It was a different Aaron — Aaron Hicks — who instead keyed New York’s offense. Having recently lamented his loss of playing time, Hicks slugged a third-inning homer, then delivered a run-scoring single in the fifth. Gleyber Torres added a two-run double in that frame off Hill, who lasted five frames.

Cole was tossed by home-plate umpire Brian Knight for arguing balls and strikes in the sixth inning, having surrendered a game-tying three-run homer to Alex Verdugo. Cole believed a 1-2 pitch to Verdugo should have been a strike; it was ruled a ball, and Verdugo slugged the next offering over the right-center-field wall.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone was also ejected. Tommy Pham also hit a first-inning homer off Cole, who has equaled his career high with 31 home runs allowed. Cole allowed four runs and five hits over six innings, striking out eight and walking two.