Yanks rally from 14 back, win playoff over Sox

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:27 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Oct. 2, 1978

Coming from behind is nothing new for the New York Yankees. They trailed Boston by 14 games in mid-July, and here they are today in a one-game playoff against the Red Sox for the American League East title.

Yankees shortstop Bucky Dent, who has four homers and 37 RBI, faces right-hander Mike Torrez, a 16-game winner, with two runners on base and the Red Sox leading 2-0. Dent lifts a high fly ball to left field at Fenway Park, and when it goes over the Green Monster, the Yankees have a 3-2 lead. Dent becomes an unlikely star.

Carl Yastrzemski, who has been a star for the Red Sox for years, has a chance to be a hero again in the ninth inning when he bats with runners at the corners with two outs and Boston down 5-4. But Goose Gossage retires Yaz on a popup to third baseman Graig Nettles, nailing down Ron Guidry's 25th victory (against three defeats) and, more importantly, the division crown for the Yankees.