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Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

Admit it...it was your worst nightmare about to unfold in front of your eyes.

Not only were you about to see the Red Sox's already-slim lead in the American League East get a little smaller, but it was being done at the hands of the Yankees who have somehow managed to keep themselves in the playoff conversation despite a trade-deadline fire sale.

That is, until bottom of the ninth inning.

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The Red Sox scored five times in the final frame, punctuated by a three-run Hanley Ramirez (pictured) walk-off blast to center field, to beat the Yankees 7-5 at Fenway Park.

Eduardo Rodriguez started for Boston but was long gone by the time the Fenway crowd exploded into a frenzy after the ninth-inning rally. He gave up four runs on eight hits in just 2.1 innings.

That left things up to the bullpen to keep things close and they were up to the task. Heath Hembree, Junichi Tazawa, Robby Scott, and Joe Kelly combined for 6.2 innings of one-run ball. They scattered six hits and walked three while striking out eight.

David Ortiz had three hits including a solo home run in the eight inning. It was the 537th of his career, moving him ahead of legendary Mickey Mantle into 17th place on the all-time list.

He and Mookie Betts also drove in runs ahead of the Ramirez home run in the ninth.

Click here to find more by Jim Monaghan on Red Sox Life. Follow him on twitter - @Monaghan21.

Jim Monaghan 9/16/2016 07:20:00 AM Edit
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