Staring at a 6 1/2-game deficit in the AL East, the Yankees came up with six runs in the eighth inning before making an out, erasing a five-run deficit and setting up a win that took four hours and 43 minutes. Bobby Abreu tied it with a double, and Alex Rodriguez singled to put New York up for good.
The Red Sox carried a five-run lead into the eighth inning, but the bullpen's two most reliable arms -- Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon -- combined to give up six runs on six hits in the inning, nullifying a gritty start by Daisuke Matsuzaka. The loss cut Boston's AL East lead to 4 1/2 games.
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