NEW YORK — If it’s September, the Yankees and Red Sox must be headed to extra innings.
After New York rallied from five runs down to take a late lead over Boston, the Sox fired back, manufacturing a run with two outs in the top of the ninth to send Thursday night’s AL East showdown into extras.
At press time, the teams were tied at 8-8 in the 10th inning.
Mariano Rivera came on to close out an 8-7 lead for the Yankees, who have surged back into the postseason picture. He got the first two outs with little problem but hit some trouble from there.
Mike Napoli singled to give Boston some life. Pinch-runner Quintin Berry came on and really caused some havoc. Berry went to steal second and ended up taking third on a throwing error by Yankees catcher Austin Romine.
Stephen Drew stepped up from there, singling home Berry to tie things up, much to the displeasure of the Yankee Stadium crowd.
New York had trailed 7-2 before piecing together a huge seventh inning.
Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells both reached to leadoff the frame and chase Sox starter Jake Peavy.
Brett Gardner singled in one run. Robinson Cano brought home another on a fielder’s choice. Alfonso Soriano’s RBI single made it 7-5. Curtis Granderson then struck with a double to deep right that brought home Cano.
Lyle Overbay then came throught with the biggest hit, knocking in two runs on a single to right to put the Yankees ahead.
Tensions already tight
Major League Baseball has sent a “heads-up” notice to the umpires working the series between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, reminding the crew that the teams had a dustup the last time they played.
The Red Sox visited Yankee Stadium on Thursday night in their first game since Boston’s Ryan Dempster hit Alex Rodriguez with a pitch on Aug. 18. That caused the teams to tussle at Fenway Park, and Dempster was suspended for five games.
Umpire crew chief Joe West says it’s been standard protocol for MLB for a decade or so to give advance notice to crews when clubs are meeting for the first time since having trouble. West said the umpires were recently sent an email advising them that there was a “heads-up” for this series.
“It’s good that they let the crews know, not just for this series but for anytime there have been problems,” he said. “All of the umpires are aware there was a throwing incident involving the Red Sox and Yankees.”
Asked whether he would issue a warning to both teams prior to the first pitch, West said: “Everyone is aware of what happened.”
Boston manager John Farrell said he didn’t think there would be any retaliation for Dempster’s pitch during the four-game series. He said he hadn’t heard anything from MLB regarding the previous ruckus.
The Red Sox have the best record in the AL and the Yankees, surging since Dempster drilled A-Rod, are chasing a wild-card spot.
“Sometimes incidents like that can change things,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I’m not saying it did.”
Peavy started for Boston against Ivan Nova of the Yankees. Rodriguez was in the starting lineup for New York