Best yankees games of past 25 years: giambi walks off with a grand slam


The Yankees came from behind and walked off with a win Thursday afternoon, beating the Boston Red Sox 3-2.

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Mike Mussina started for the Yankees. He pitched very well, going seven strong innings, and giving up two earned runs on five hits. Mussina walked two và struck out six.

Jon Lester pitched for Boston and also turned in a good game. He lasted 6.2 innings, gave up one earned run on five hits, walked no one, và fanned eight.

The game remained scoreless until the đứng đầu of the fifth. Jason Varitek singled khổng lồ score Jed Lowrie, Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into a force out to score Alex Cora, and Boston took a 2-0 lead.

When the game looked all but over, the Yankees came through and tied the trò chơi in the bottom of the seventh.

Cody Ransom hit a two out double, and pinch-hitter Jason Giambi crushed a game-tying, two-run homer off reliever Hideki Okajima. For Giambi, it was his 27th long ball of the season, his second homer in as many at bats, and only his third career pinch-hit trang chủ run.

Giambi would strike again in the bottom of the ninth khổng lồ win the trò chơi for the Yankees. With the bases loaded, Giambi hit a game-winning, walk-off single off Jonathan Papelbon lớn score pinch-runner Brett Gardner, and the Yankees won 3-2.


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Mariano Rivera, who pitched in the eighth và ninth innings, picked up the win, & his record now stands at an even 5-5.

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Okajima blew his eighth save this year, Justin Masterson took the loss, & his record is now 4-4.

Today marked the eighth time this season the Yankees walked off with a win at Yankee Stadium, and today was also the last time the Red Sox will play the Yankees in the current Yankee Stadium, at least in the regular season.

"We"re not out of it yet, we still have some games to lớn play, and crazy things can happen," said Giambi after the win.

The Yankees trail the Red Sox in the Wild card standings by six games with 29 games left to lớn play in the 2008 regular season, và will meet the Red Sox at Fenway Park in the final three games of the year.

"We pulled one out, at least we were able khổng lồ come back & win the game," said Mussina about the win. "We don"t look at it in terms of how many games we need to win, we just need lớn win every day."

"I was looking for him lớn pop one out of the ballpark," said Joe Girardi about Giambi. "We need our players to lớn come up big for us, and we were in the trò chơi and felt we were going to win even before Giambi"s homer."

"At this point we"re trying to get wins, and today was a big one," said Derek Jeter. "Lester was doing a tremendous job, & you couldn"t ask any more from Jason." Jeter went a solid 3-4 at the plate today. 

As positive as the Yankees felt today, Alex Rodriguez had another tough game, going 0-4 with three strikeouts, and the boo birds came back out for him after he went 2-4 with two doubles, an RBI, and a run scored in last night"s game.

Rodriguez will look to turn it back around tomorrow night at 7:05 ET from Yankee Stadium, as the Toronto blue Jays come to town to open up a three trò chơi weekend series vs. The Yankees.

Carl Pavano (1-0, 5.40 ERA) will have his work cut out for him, as he will face A.J. Burnett (16-9, 4.58 ERA).

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