Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo is hit in the back by a baseball thrown by a rogue fan

Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo was hit in the back by a baseball thrown by a rogue fan on Saturday night, forcing the game against Boston to be temporarily cut short.

The 25-year-old was yelled into the stands after the incident, before Boston manager Alex Cora took his team off the field for several minutes.

“It felt like it was aimed at me and it doesn’t sit well with me,” said Verdugo, who had to be stopped by first base coach Tom Goodwin.

Red Sox outfielder Alex Verdugo is run off the field by manager Alex Cora after a fan threw an object at him during the sixth inning against the New York Yankees

Cora briefly pulled his players off the field and the game resumed after talking with umpires at the Boston dugout.

“This is just a game,” Cora said afterwards.

‘It’s a game. It’s not life and death and it’s not this drama and the fact that people come to the stadium and they decide to throw a baseball (to) one of the players, I was shocked that that happened.”

Verdugo said he threw the ball in the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back onto the field, hitting Verdugo.

“It’s terrible, embarrassing, unacceptable,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

The game was also interrupted by torrential rain before the Yankees eventually defeated the Red Sox 3-1.

Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back homeruns in the sixth off Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1) as the Yankees defeated their old rivals in eight meetings for the first time this year. It was their first win over Boston in nine attempts since September 19.

“I thought it was a big win,” pitcher Gerrit Cole said. “Out of the seven defeats so far, I thought there were a few games we were in that might have even ended with a W.”

The 25-year-old was seen screaming into the stands after the incident, with the guilty fan being led away by security

The 25-year-old was seen screaming into the stands after the incident, with the guilty fan being led away by security

“It felt like it was aimed at me and it doesn’t sit well with me,” said Verdugo, who had to be stopped by first base coach Tom Goodwin.

Cole (10-4) followed up last Saturday’s 129-pitch shutout in Houston by giving up one run and five basehits in a complete six-inning game. His seventh double-digit strikeout game this season came almost three weeks after he gave up three home runs to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

“He leaned on a little bit of everything,” Boone said. “I thought his fastball got really, really strong as the outing went on.”

The game started 52 minutes late due to a weather delay, although it was not raining and the tarpaulin was not placed on the pitch.

“We started the game knowing there was rain in the area,” plate umpire Jeff Nelson told a polar reporter. “There was no 100% prediction of what was going to happen anyway.”

There were also four delays for repeat reviews and another interruption when Nelson took a 96 mph fastball from Cole off his mask in the sixth.

Nelson was attended to by a Yankees coach and remained in the game after a few minutes.

The game was also interrupted by rain.  Depicted are field crews unrolling the tarpaulin during a delay

The game was also interrupted by rain. Depicted are field crews unrolling the tarpaulin during a delay

While Nelson was being checked, the rain increased significantly and Cole paced up the hill.

The game was delayed for the second time by rain, moments after Cole took the mound for the seventh and called after a 54-minute delay with lightning and heavy showers.

“It got pretty bad there at the end,” Boone said. ‘In the end I walked out with Gerrit and only looked at the referees like: what are we doing? And actually it wasn’t good to be out there.’

Sánchez tied the score on his 16th homerun, and the call was confirmed via replay review after a fan on the right field seats appeared to reach over the wall. Torres made it 3-1 with his first homer since June 5.

DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI-single for the Yankees, who were eliminated in the first 13 innings of the series.

The rain started when Rougned Odor batted in the first inning and was hit by a pitch when Nathan Eovaldi appeared to have trouble getting hold of the ball.

In the rain, Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees watches his home run in the sixth inning

In the rain, Gary Sanchez of the New York Yankees watches his home run in the sixth inning

Eovaldi gave up one run and two hits in five innings. He struckout seven and walked one.

Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid on his 80th pitch when Greg Allen raised a 98mph fastball into the right-center hole for a double in the fifth. Allen scored when LeMahieu singled to the left, but Eovaldi escaped by eliminating Giancarlo Stanton for the third time.

Christian Arroyo hit an RBI single in the second for the Red Sox.

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