Mark Teixeira hit a two-out grand slam in the ninth inning to complete the Yankees' comeback from 3-0 down as they beat the Red Sox, 5-3, on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox had clinched the AL East title earlier in the evening due to Toronto's loss.
- The Yankees loaded the bases with none out in the ninth inning against Craig Kimbrel and drew within 3-1 on Brian McCann's bases loaded walk.
- Teixeira's grand slam to right center field with two outs gave the Yankees the win.
- In a scoreless game in the eighth inning, Mookie Betts' two-run double gave the Red Sox a 2-0 lead.
- A passed ball by Gary Sanchez later in the eighth inning increased Boston's advantage to 3-0.
- The Yankees managed just one hit in six innings against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz.
- Bryan Mitchell tossed seven scoreless innings while allowing two hits, walking five, and striking out two.
- Adam Warren was charged with two runs in just 1/3 of an inning.
There isn't much worse for a team than to watch their biggest rival celebrate a division title on their own field while being eliminated from postseason contention at the same time. Mark Teixeira prevented both from happening with his first career walk-off home run.
Games like tonight's truly make me wonder 'what if' when it comes to this team. The Yankees seemed to be on the way to their worst season in recent memory after a horrid April. They sold at the trade deadline and invested in youth. Then they began to win and crept into the postseason hunt. Unfortunately, they lost three tough games in which they held a lead to these very same Red Sox less than two weeks ago, which put them in a tailspin at the wrong time.
Had the Yankees played .500 in April and won those games in Boston, not only are they not watching David Ortiz laugh at them one last time, but they would actually be battling the Red Sox for the division title.
The Yankees wrap up their series with the Red Sox on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. at Yankee Stadium.
CC Sabathia (4.02 ERA, 1.34 WHIP) faces Henry Owens (7.79 ERA, 2.13 WHIP).