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Yankees clinch playoff berth with walk-off win over Red Sox

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  • Kyle Evans 

The New York Yankees rallied to defeat the Boston Red Sox, 5-4, in 10 innings on Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, thanks to Josh Donaldson’s walk-off single. With the victory, New York clinched a playoff berth for the sixth consecutive season.

Giancarlo Stanton, who launched a two-run homer in the sixth, sparked an eighth-inning rally with a leadoff single. Pinch-runner Tim Locastro stole second, advanced to third on a groundout, and scored on Harrison Bader’s sacrifice fly to tie the game at 4-4.

After Aaron Judge just missed a walk-off home run in the ninth, Donaldson ripped a single to left field in the 10th to give the Yankees their Major League-leading 16th walk-off win of the season.

Jameson Taillon turned in a brilliant start, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings. The right-hander walked one and struck out eight before turning the game over to the bullpen. Clarke Schmidt struggled for the second straight outing as he allowed a solo shotand a three-run homer.

The Yankees will hand the ball to Gerrit Cole on Friday as they try to make it four consecutive victories. The first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.