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Then in the ninth, Ryan Kalish and Bill Hall each stole two bases against Jorge Posada and Rivera. Hall singled in the tying run and pinch-hitter Mike Lowell followed with a sacrifice fly. Girardi faulted Rivera for allowing big jumps.
"It was a huge game to win," Rivera said. "Unfortunately, it happened like this. Anyway, it was a win."
That wasn't the end of the late drama. Nick Swisher, Teixeira and Robinson Cano singled off Papelbon in the bottom half as a light rain fell.
Cano's hit drove in the tying run, but pinch-runner Ramiro Pena held at third. With the bases loaded, Papelbon held on by striking out Posada and retiring Lance Berkman on a flyout.
Papelbon faulted plate umpire Phil Cuzzi for calling a ball on a 1-2 pitch to Teixeira, who singled on the next pitch. The reliever stared at the umpire after the key call.
"It was tough considering the fact that I was not only pitching against their lineup, I was also pitching against the ump," Papelbon said. "When you do that against this lineup, you are never going to be successful."
Then in the 10th, Curtis Granderson singled off Okajima (4-4) leading off, and Brett Gardner bunted. Martinez bolted out from behind the plate and made a leaping throw - falling on his left knee - but the ball hit Gardner for an error that allowed Granderson to take third.
Gardner might have been slightly to the fair territory side of the running lane.
"I didn't have time to see if he was in there, but I don't think so," Martinez said.
Derek Jeter was intentionally walked, Boston drew the infield in and pinch-hitter Marcus Thames grounded to third baseman Adrian Beltre, who threw home for the force. Miranda then worked the count to 3-1 before taking an inside pitch for ball four.
"When I fell behind 3-1, I tried to be really fine with my pitch, but I let it sail a little bit and I walked him," Okajima said through a translator.
It was the fifth "walkoff" win for the Yankees, down from 15 during the 2009 regular season.
Boone Logan (2-0) retired David Ortiz on a squibber down the first-base line for the final out of the 10th. Rivera blew a save for the fifth time in 37 chances - but third since Sept. 11. Papelbon blew a save for the eighth time in 45 chances.
"You know it's going be a fight until the 27th out," Rodriguez said. "Those guys over there have a lot of fight."
This program aired on September 27, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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