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How was the vibe on the way out of the park ?

Classic Red Sox heart break story

:1luvu: ..... :nono: ...... :smashfrea ..... :eek: ..... :angryfire ...... :barf:

Papelbon looked like he wanted to hang himself in the dugout :rolleyes:

BOSTON -- In a game that mirrored the season, the New York Yankees bounced back.

Alex Rodriguez capped a six-run eighth inning with a tiebreaking single off Jonathan Papelbon, and the Yankees overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-7 Friday night.

Jason Giambi and Robinson Cano started the comeback with home runs off Hideki Okajima, Derek Jeter hit an RBI single against Papelbon and Bobby Abreu tied it with a two-run double.

"Every win now is a big win," Jeter said.

By winning a 4-hour, 43-minute marathon -- two minutes shy of the record for a nine-inning game set by the Yankees and Red Sox on Aug. 18 last year -- New York closed within 41/2 games of AL East-leading Boston. The Yankees remained 31/2 games ahead of Detroit in the wild-card race.

"We lucked out. That eighth inning was incredible," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "The only thing predictable in this ballpark is the unpredictable."

Boston, which hadn't blown a five-run lead and lost since April 26, 2005, against Baltimore, has led the division for the last 150 days. By winning the opener of a three-game series, the Yankees cut the gap to its smallest size since after games of Aug. 19 and kept alive their slim chances for overtaking their longtime rival.

Johnny Damon went 4-for-6 against his former team -- his four-hit game since June 17 last year. Brian Bruney (3-1) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief of Andy Pettitte for the win -- Torre gave him the lineup card -- and Mariano Rivera pitched a one-hit ninth for his 27th save in 30 chances. New York had not overcome a five-run deficit on the road to win since May 9, 2004, at Seattle.

Papelbon (1-3) blew a save for the third time in 38 opportunities.

Okajima entered with a 7-2 lead and a 1.76 ERA but allowed Giambi's 14th homer and Cano's 17th. Melky Cabrera walked, Damon doubled him to third, Papelbon relieved.

Papelbon, who hadn't allowed a run in 16 2-3 innings, gave up an RBI single to Jeter on his first pitch, threw a called streak to Abreu, then gave up Abreu's double. That hit was the first by a lefty off Papelbon in 35 at bats.

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