With two outs in the bottom of the 9th, Jason Bay homers off
Mariano Rivera to tie it and Kevin Youkilis ends it,
with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning

JASON BAY

ON THIS DATE (April 24, 2009) ... With two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning a runner on, the Yankees up by two, and the closer's closer on the mound, Jason Bay reversed a Mariano Rivera cutter and drilled it to the yellow line in dead center field. And 38,163 fans rose to agree that in the end, it felt exactly like it used to.

First Bay struck to tie the score at 4-4. Then Kevin Youkilis launched a Damaso Marte pitch over everything in left with one out in the 11th for a 5-4 Red Sox victory. Somehow it all strangely made sense in the looking-glass world of the Red Sox and Yankees.

The home run brought a pile of red shirts to home plate. It was a mammoth shot, a fitting shot, the crowd filling the night with chants of "Yooouk" after a game that seemed lost much earlier.

There wasn't much to enjoy early for the Sox. They stranded 13 runners and grounded into four double plays in the first five innings. There were chances missed. Far too many.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this was the first time the Sox hit a tying homer in the ninth and a walk-off in extra innings against the Yankees. The last walk-off homer for the Sox against the Yankees prior to last night was Bill Mueller's July 24, 2004, when he hit a two-run shot in the ninth inning off Rivera.



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W-Ramon Ramirez (2-0)
L-Damaso Marte (0-1)
Attendance - 38,163

 2B-Ransom (NY), Swisher (NY), Jeter (NY),
 Pedroia (Bost), Bay (Bost), Lowell (Bost)

HR-Bay (Bost), Youkilis (Bost)