Yanks Comeback Again, Take A.L. East Lead

Another day, another come from behind victory for the New York Yankees who just seem to keep finding ways to win.

Wednesday night, in game 2 of a 3 game series, the Yankees appeared to be cruising to their 8th win in a row.  In the top of the 7th though, reliever Chad Green gave up a 2-run home run to Hanley Ramirez, giving the Red Sox a 6-5 lead.

With one out in the bottom of the 8th, and two men on base, Boston Manager Alex Cora decided to bring in closer Craig Kimbrel for a five-out save.  Kimbrel has never completed a five-out save...and still hasn't after the game was over.

Brett Gardner, who entered the game hitting .198, came up to the plate and delivered HUGE for the Yankees.

 

Gardy finished the game 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and that triple, scoring 3 runs with 2 RBIs.


The Kimbrel implosion wasn't over though and Aaron Judge took advantage in the next at-bat after Gardner's triple.

 

Aroldis Champman entered the game in the top of the 9th and struck out 3 of the 4 batters he faced.

The win gives the Yankees their 8th-in-a-row and their 17th out of 18 games.  You have to go all the way back to 1953 (Mantle, Berra, Rizzuto, Ford) to find a similar streak.


What's also important about this run is that after Boston started the season 17-2, and on April 20th held a 7.5 game lead over New York in the standings, the Yankees have overtaken the Red Sox for the best record in the A.L. East and the best record in all of the MLB.

The Yanks and Sox close out the series tonight at 7pm with C.C. Sabathia pitching against Eduardo Rodriguez.

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