Heading into the bottom of the ninth inning, the New York Yankees were three outs away from losing two out of three to the Boston Red Sox and falling that much further back in the American League playoff race.
With Boston closer Koji Uehara on the mound, it would seem like a foregone conclusion that the Red Sox would wrap the game up, but the Yankees offense showed major signs of life against the Japanese veteran.
Mark Teixeira lead off the inning with his 21st home run, a solo shot to right field that tied the game at 4-4 and suddenly, Yankee Stadium was re-energized with some life.
After Brian McCann lined out to left field, it was Chase Headley's turn to play the hero and he did just that, as he crushed a splitter from Uehara that went over the right field wall for the game-winning, walk-off home run and gave the Yankees a 5-4 victory in the ninth. The victory allowed the Yankees to take two out of three in the series against their nemesis.
The home run was Headley's 11th of the season along with his 44th RBI of the year too. With the Yankees; it was his fourth home runs since being acquired in mid-July.
The Yankees remain nine games back of the Baltimore Orioles in the American League East and four games back for the final A,L, Wild Card.
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