NEW YORK — Mark Teixeira hit a tying home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and Chase Headley delivered a walk-off blast two batters later as the New York Yankees stunned the Boston Red Sox, 5-4 in the rubber match of their three-game series Thursday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Red Sox went to closer Koji Uehara (6-5) with a one-run lead, and the struggling right-hander promptly surrendered Teixeira’s leadoff homer. Uehara got Brian McCann to line out before Headley ripped a 3-2 splitter out to right field to make a winner of Adam Warren (3-5) in relief.
Derek Jeter doubled in a pair of runs in his final home game against rival Boston as the Yankees climbed within 3 1/2 games of Detroit for the second American League wild card. David Ortiz, who was 0-for-8 in the first two games of the series, homered in each of his first two at-bats for Boston to bump his season totals to 32 blasts and 98 RBIs.
Ortiz got some help from the short porch in right field on a solo shot in the first inning but added some distance on his two-run blast in the third that gave the Red Sox a 3-0 cushion. New York rallied to tie it in the bottom of the third as Jeter followed a single and a walk with a two-run double to center before scoring on Carlos Beltran’s single.
Brock Holt led off the visitors’ fifth and snapped a string of 189 at-bats without a home run thanks to the short right field, sending a fly just over the outstretched glove of Ichiro Suzuki and into the front row to put Boston back in front. Teixeira used right field for his tying homer in the ninth, although the upper-deck blast would have been gone in most ballparks.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Sox starter Brandon Workman was in line to snap a string of eight straight losses after allowing three runs in six innings, and New York starter Chris Capuano avoided a loss after yielding four runs in 4 1/3 frames. … Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia (concussion) missed his fifth straight game but is expected to return on Friday, when Boston opens a homestand against Toronto. … Uehara has allowed at least one run in five of his last six appearances, surrendering four homers in that span.