BOSTON, June 3 – When they needed him the most, he finally delivered. Alex Rodriguez hit a solo home run with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to put the Yankees ahead for good in a dramatic 6-5 win over the Boston Red Sox. The Yankees were not just able to end Hideki Okajima’s scoreless innings streak (in addition to giving him his first blown save in Boston), but Rodriguez was able to connect on his homerun against Red Sox star closer Jonathan Papelbon, giving him his first loss of the year.
To make matters even more dramatic, Mariano Rivera closed out the ninth by retiring David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez, before hitting Kevin Youkilis with a pitch (Youkilis’ 23-game hitting streak also ended during the series). With Youkilis on first, Rivera was able to retire Mike Lowell to complete the save.
The Yankees took two out of three from Boston and have now won two series in a row against the division rival. However, despite the victories, the Yankees are still 12.5 games behind the Red Sox for the American League East Division.