The Yankees put on their rally caps in the ninth inning with two outs off struggling closer Fernando Rodney. With two outs and Lyle Overbay on first base Brennan Boesch hit a check-swing double that just landed in fair territory down the left field line. Boesch was called up today to replace Granderson, who was placed on the 15 day DL with a broken bone in his left hand. The very next batter, Brett Gardner slapped a line drive single into center field with two strikes. Rodney suffered his fifth blown save of the season, his second against the Yankees. He blew two saves all of last year.
David Robertson didn't have great control in the bottom of the ninth, and with a runner on second a line drive off the bat of Yunel Escobar sliced into right field as Ichiro slid and made a sparkling catch to save the game for the moment. Ivan Nova came into the game to pitch the tenth and promptly loaded the bases but was able to escape with two strikeouts and a ground ball with two outs. Lyle Overbay was the hero of the game with a clutch solo home run to give the Yankees the lead in the eleventh that they wouldd hand over to Mariano Rivera. Rivera retired the Rays in order on nine pitches to collect the eighteenth save of his farewell season.