Ninth-inning blasts from Teixeira and Headley lift Yanks over Sox
NEW YORK -- Mark Teixeira led off the bottom of the ninth inning with a game-tying home run and third baseman Chase Headley followed with a solo home run two batters later as the New York Yankees rallied for a 5-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees came back from deficits of 3-0 and 4-3 but tied it when Teixeira drove a 1-2 fastball into the second deck in right field.
It was the 21st home run for Teixeira, who came into the at-bat with three hits in his previous 29 at-bats and eventually helped the Yankees win for the fourth time in 56 games when trailing through eight.
The game-winner came when Headley drove a full-count splitter from Boston closer Koji Uehara (6-5) into the right-center field seats. It was his fourth home run as a Yankee and he was mobbed by teammates as he crossed the plate.
Adam Warren (3-5) worked slowly but pitched through trouble in the ninth, working around a throwing error on a bunt.
Before the late-inning dramatics, Brock Holt opened the fifth with a solo home run that gave the Red Sox a 4-3 lead. That came after designated hitter David Ortiz recorded his 46th career multi-homer game with a solo shot in the first and a two-run drive in the third.
Captain Derek Jeter had a two-run double and designated hitter Carlos Beltran added an RBI single for the Yankees.
The Red Sox opened a 1-0 lead with two outs in the first when Ortiz lined a 0-1 pitch into the right field seats for his 31st home run.
Ortiz expanded Boston's advantage by turning on a first-pitch slider and sending it to left-center field with one out in the third. In the bottom half, Jeter made it a one-run game with a double over center fielder Mookie Betts' head. Jeter scored the tying run on a single by Beltran.
Boston regained the lead when Holt opened the fifth with a home run that bounced off the top of the right-field wall out of Ichiro Suzuki's glove.
NOTES: New York INF/OF Martin Prado tested his strained left hamstring before the game by running at 50 percent. He won't return to action until he can increase his level of activity without having any difficulties. ... Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka (right elbow inflammation) will throw a bullpen session before Saturday's game. ... Boston 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his fifth consecutive game because of concussion-like symptoms, but he is expected to return Friday. ... Former New York and Boston OF Johnny Damon was at Yankee Stadium. ... Boston rookie CF Mookie Betts had a phone conversation with former CF Ken Griffey Jr. earlier Thursday. Betts also interacted with New York SS Derek Jeter on the field before the game. Jeter then took a photo with Red Sox rookie C Christian Vazquez.