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Yanks make Red Sox pay for error in big 7th

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BOSTON -- Shane Robinson tried to drop down a bunt.

Instead his free pass sparked a seventh inning that might save the Yankees' hopes of winning the American League East.

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BOSTON -- Shane Robinson tried to drop down a bunt.

Instead his free pass sparked a seventh inning that might save the Yankees' hopes of winning the American League East.

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Robinson shook off three missed sacrifice attempts -- and as many Heath Hembree fastballs up around his head -- to draw a walk that loaded the bases. That walk came after Brett Gardner had singled off David Price and Austin Romine followed with a walk, prompting Boston manager Alex Cora to lift Price from the game.

And after Robinson drew his hard-earned walk, Aaron Hicks rolled a ground ball up the middle that Boston's Xander Bogaerts misplayed. Gardner and Romine both scored to turn a 1-0 deficit -- and the specter of a four-game sweep -- into a lead.

Giancarlo Stanton followed with another single, bringing home Robinson, and Hicks scored on Gleyber Torres' sacrifice fly for even more insurance.

Brian MacPherson is a contributor to MLB.com based in Boston.

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