Baseball: New York Yankees rally to stun Boston Red Sox in thriller
The New York Yankees, trailing Boston 9-0 after five innings, roared back with 15 unanswered runs to stun the Red Sox 15-9 in a Major League Baseball shocker on Saturday.
"Never," Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said when asked if he'd experienced anything like the mammoth comeback. "It's still pretty shocking," said Mark Teixeira, who drove in six runs with his three-run home run, a solo homer and a two-run double.
Nick Swisher also drove in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run double. "What a huge win for us," Swisher said. "For us to come out, get smacked around for the first five innings, it was nice to put it in high gear and see what this line-up can do top to bottom."
After scoring one run in the sixth inning, the Yankees scored seven runs in both the seventh and eighth frames. New York manager Joe Girardi admitted it wasn't something he expected to see. "When you're down 9-0 after five innings, I know we have a great offense but you don't see a comeback at any level very often (like that)."
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine could barely believe his eyes. "It happened quickly and it was hard to believe," said Valentine, whose team are 4-10 in his first season at the helm and have now lost five in a row at home.
He added: "I think we've hit bottom. That's what I told them after the game. You have to sometimes hit bottom. If this isn't bottom, then we'll find some new ends to the Earth, I guess, or something."