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Youkilis homer sinks Yankees in 11th

THE Boston Red Sox rallied to defeat bitter rivals the New York Yankees 5-4 on Friday, Kevin Youkilis sealing the home team's eighth consecutive victory with a walk-off home run in the 11th inning.

Youkilis belted a pitch from reliever Damaso Marte over Fenway Park's Green Monster to seal victory in the longest match between the two teams for nearly five years.

"I was getting some sliders and he threw me the fastball inside," Youkilis told reporters. "I was just trying to react and I got a good pitch to hit."

The Red Sox (10-6) had trailed the opener of the three-game series 2-4 in the bottom of the ninth before Jason Bay cracked a game-tying home run off closer Mariano Rivera to force extra innings.

"A lot of unique things happen in this ballpark...we always feel like we have a chance here," said Red Sox manager Terry Francona.

New York (9-7) had the bases loaded and no outs with a two-run lead in the ninth, but came up empty when Robinson Cano hit into a double play and Melky Cabrera fouled out to the catcher.

"We had a chance to kind of blow the game open in the ninth inning and weren't able to do it and that ended up coming back to haunt us," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

The Yankees and Red Sox arrived in Boston with identical records and having scored the exact same number of runs (84).

Elsewhere in the American League, it was: Royals 6, Tigers 1; Twins 5, Indians 1; Rangers 5, Orioles 4; Blue Jays 14, White Sox 0; Mariners 8, Angels 3; and Rays 8, Athletics 2.

In the National League, it was: Phillies 7, Marlins 3; Mets 4, Nationals 3; Brewers 5, Astros 2; Cardinals 4, Cubs 3; Braves 4, Reds 3; Giants 5, Diamondbacks 1; Dodgers 6, Rockies 5; and Padres 4, Pirates 3 (in 11 innings).

In Boston, the Red Sox got off to a good start after center-fielder Jacoby Ellsbury stole third base and raced to home plate for the first run of the game.

Derek Jeter's RBI in the fourth put New York up 2-1 and they stretched the lead to 4-2 courtesy of a sacrifice-fly from Cano in the seventh.

First baseman Mark Teixeira, who earned the visitors one RBI, was loudly booed by the Boston fans throughout the game for choosing to join the Yankees over the Red Sox last year. He finished 2-for-5.


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