BOSTON (AP) -
homered to the hardest part Fenway Park off the best reliever in baseball. Compared to that,
didn't think his game-ending homer was worth all the fuss.
''That's a huge at-bat,'' Youkilis said Friday night, after Bay hit a two-run shot off
with two outs in the ninth inning to send the game into extra innings. ''If he just misses that ball, it's 'Game over.'''
But Bay connected, clearing the 37-foot-high Green Monster above the 379-foot marker, and Youkilis hit a solo shot in the
11th to give the
a 5-4 win over the
New York Yankees
It was Boston's eight consecutive victory.
''It's tough to close out a game in this ballpark,'' said Yankees outfielder
, who used to play for the
. ''In this ballpark, one swing of the bat can get you back in the game.''
(2-0) allowed one hit and one walk in one inning for the win.
(0-1) struck out three and allowed just one hit: Youkilis' fifth homer of the year and the second game-ender of his career.
''It was a great night,'' Youkilis said. ''Back and forth the whole game.''
Rivera, who hadn't been called upon to get more than three outs in his first seven appearances this season, came on with two
outs in the eighth and struck out
with runners on first and second to end the inning. In the ninth, he gave up a one-out single to Youkilis and, one out later,
Bay's homer to tie it.
''When you see him come in, it's not a confidence booster,''
said. ''We have put a dent in him more than anybody else - but we've also seen him more than anybody else.''
singled, Rivera struck out
to send it to extra innings.
''Mo got him out and then was one out away from closing out this game,'' Yankees manager
said. ''It's unfortunate, but it's still one game.''
stranded two in the top of the 10th. Ramirez walked
to lead off the 11th and
singled to put runners on first and second with one out, but
grounded into a double play to end the threat.
Marte struck out
to start the bottom of the 11th - his fourth whiff of the night - but Youkilis hit a 2-2 pitch to end it.
held on through 5 1-3 innings thanks to four double plays. Boston finally chased him in the sixth, tying it 2-2 with three
straight hits before
got a pair of popups to end the inning.
, who snubbed the
and signed with their rivals, broke a seventh-inning tie in his first appearance at Fenway Park in a Yankees uniform. Teixeira,
one of the pieces of New York's $423.5 million offseason spending spree, blooped one into center to break the tie, then New
York took a 4-2 lead on
's sacrifice fly.
Notes: Arthur Giddon, a former bat boy for the Boston Braves, will be the honorary bat boy for the
on Saturday - his 100th birthday. ...
pitched six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out seven. Chamberlain gave up one earned
run and two in all, on nine hits and four walks while striking out two. He also had a balk and a throwing error. ... Teixeira's
third-inning single was the 1,000th of his career. ...
was pulled for a pinch-runner after coming up lame taking third on a groundout.