Jeremy Hermida struck a two-run, ninth-inning double off Mariano Rivera as the Boston Red Sox rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the New York Yankees 7-6 last night.
The victory elevated the Red Sox, who are trying to recover from their worst start to the Major League Baseball season since 1997, to 20-20. They trail the Yankees 5-3 in meetings between the teams this season after tying the two-game series.
Kevin Youkilis struck his seventh home run of the season in the sixth inning to start Boston’s seven-run rally at Yankee Stadium, where play was delayed for an hour because of rain.
Two innings later, J.D. Drew hit a scoring double to ignite a four-run rally with Youkilis getting a two-run single and David Ortiz driving in another run to tie the game at 5-5.
Jeremy Hermida doubled in the ninth to put the Red Sox ahead 7-5 before Robinson Cano completed the scoring for the Yankees (25-14) with a double.
New York opened the scoring in the second inning and led 2-0 on a scoring single by Juan Miranda and a ground-out by Randy Winn that sent Cano home.
Miranda fired a solo homer in the fourth and Cano smacked a two-run double in the fifth to make it 5-0 to the Yankees.
CC Sabathia gave up four hits and one run in seven innings before he was relieved by Joba Chamberlain, who surrendered four hits and four runs in one inning. Rivera (0-1) got the loss.
Daniel Bard (1-1) got the win, pitching one-third inning, and Jonathan Papelbon had his 10th save. Starting pitcher Josh Beckett left the game after 4 2/3 innings with a tight back.