Given one final chance thanks to a Josh Donaldson bobble in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Red Sox ended their four-game slide and sent the Fenway Park crowd home happy with a walkoff win over the Yankees.
Tied up in the bottom of the eighth on an Alex Verdugo hit that brought Jeter Downs home before the Yankees broke the tie with a two-run top of the 10th, deja vu came to the table in the bottom of the 10th when Verdugo knocked Downs (and Rob Refsnyder before him) home for the game-winning run.
It was all made possible on some added heroics from Downs, who recorded his first MLB hit to help set up Verdugo’s ender.
The win marked the first time that the Red Sox had pulled off a late-game comeback in 2022, with Boston beginning the day with an 0-29 record when trailing after the seventh inning this season. It was also a first for the Yankees in that respect, as the Bombers lost when leading after seven innings for the first time this season (they entered the day 48-0 in that respect).
Saturday’s win will give the Sox a once-unlikely chance to break even in their four-game set with the Yankees, as the Red Sox and Yankees will battle in a Sunday Night Baseball tilt at Fenway.
Nick Pivetta is slated to get the call for the Red Sox opposite the Yankees’ Jameson Taillon.