What seemed like it could be one of the most encouraging wins of the season quickly turned into perhaps the Yankees’ most demoralizing loss on Thursday night.
A late rally from a five-run deficit gave the Yankees a lead in the seventh, but Mariano Rivera blew his sixth save of the season and then Shane Victorino gave the Red Sox a 9-8 win with an RBI single off of Joba Chamberlain in the 10th inning.
The Yankees entered the seventh trailing 7-2, but Ichiro Suzuki got the rally started with a walk to lead off the inning. Vernon Wells followed with a pinch-hit single to chase Boston starter Jake Peavy from the game, and Brett Gardner greeted reliever Matt Thornton with an RBI single.
After Derek Jeter walked to load the bases, another run scored on Robinson Cano’s fielder’s choice, with Cano hustling to first to avoid the double play. An RBI single from Alfonso Soriano and an RBI double from Curtis Granderson cut the deficit to 7-6, setting the table for Lyle Overbay to be the hero.
The Yankees’ first baseman came through with a two-out, two-run single to put the Yankees on top 8-7, setting them up for what seemed to be a crucial win.
Instead, the loss dropped the Yankees to three games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the final American League wild card. The Rays could have extended their lead to three and a half games with a win in their late game against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. A loss would keep the Yankees two and a half games behind.
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