If you would’ve told me that Esmil Rogers and Stephen Drew would be keys to a Yankee victory at any point this season, I would’ve told you that LeBron James is going back to Cleveland. Looks like all those things happened as Rogers three shutout innings of relief, plus Drew’s four RBI helped the Yankees earn a hard fought 8-7 victory.
The Yankees came right back in the second though. Two walks and a single loaded the bases. Drew brought in a run with a groundout. After a walk, Brett Gardner drove in two to tie the game with a double.
But the Red Sox would come right back in the bottom half. Pedroia hit a two-run homer to make it 5-3.
The Yankees cut it to 5-4 when Brian McCann led off the fourth with a double and scored on Drew’s double.
Chase Whitley had entered the game after Phelps exited with elbow inflammation, and in the fourth, gave up Ortiz’s 26th homer of the year, a two run shot, to make it 7-4.
The Yankees did something they have rarely done this season, come up with a big two-out rally. Carlos Beltran doubled and McCann walked. Chase Headley then hit a ball to left that Yoenis Cespedes misplayed to bring in a run. Drew then added two more to tie the game with a single.
In the sixth, Gardner continued his Mickey Mantle imitation, hitting his fifth homer of the week and 15th of the year.
The Yanks head home for four against the Detroit Tigers and their insane starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy will take one of the three Cy Young Award winners the Tigers have in last year’s winner Max Scherzer