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Yankees go deep to beat the Red Sox

Updated: May 18, 2010, 3:48 PM ET
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com

Statistical superlatives from Monday night's Red Sox-Yankees game in the Bronx.

Marcus Thames hit his first career walk-off home run off Jonathan Papelbon to cap a four-run rally in the bottom of the ninth as the Yankees won their eighth straight home game over the Red Sox on Monday.

It was also the first career walk-off home run allowed by Papelbon. Alex Rodriguez set the stage for Thames' heroics with a game-tying two-run home run earlier in the ninth. Rodriguez was 2-5 with four RBI on the night.

The ninth-inning Yankees comeback overshadowed Boston's rally from a 5-0 deficit after the first inning. The Red Sox hit five home runs in the contest, including home runs from both sides of the plate by Victor Martinez and an eighth-inning go-ahead home run by Kevin Youkilis. The defeat was the fourth in their last five games overall for the Red Sox.

Other notes

* Before Monday, Papelbon had NEVER allowed 4 ER in one game in his major-league career.

* Papelbon entered Monday's game having allowed just 2 hits in 30 at-bats vs right-handed batters (a single and a double).

* Monday, righties were 2-2 with 2 HR (and one hit-by-pitch).

* Papelbon has allowed 3 HR this season. All 3 have come vs the Yankees (other was Curtis Granderson on April 7).

* Papelbon has allowed 5 HR vs the Yankees in his career. That is tied with the Rays for the most by any team.

* 1st time in 282 relief appearances that Papelbon has allowed two home runs. In his ML debut (which was a start in 2005) he allowed two home runs.

*Papelbon has now allowed eight walkoff hits & three of them are to the Yankees. The other two: Brett Gardner (July 6, 2008) and Jason Giambi (August 28, 2008).

* Rodriguez's only other HR off Papelbon was a two-out solo HR on June 30, 2007 that broke a 5-5 tie in the top of the 9th. The Yankees won that game 6-5.

* Martinez homered from both sides of the plate. The last Red Sox player to do that was Jason Varitek in 2005. The last Red Sox player to do it against the Yankees -- Bill Mueller, July 4, 2003.

* It's fitting that David Ortiz hit one of the Boston home runs last night. The last game the Red Sox hit five home runs in Yankee Stadium marked the beginning of Ortiz's rise to stardom. Ortiz hit two longballs that day for his first multi-homer game as a member of the Red Sox. He would go on to have five more multi-homer games in 2003, including one the very next day.

Ortiz entered the game with just five HR in 188 AB and teammates jokingly calling him Juan Pierre. From the July 4 game to the end of the season, Ortiz homered 26 times in just 260 AB on his way to a fifth-place finish in the AL MVP vote.

* The Yankees scored five in the first and four in the ninth. The last home team to score 5+ in the first and 4+ in the 9th -- May 22, 1979, the Royals did it in a 12-11 loss to the Mariners. The only other time the Yankees did it: September 10, 1929 (2nd game of doubleheader), in a 10-9 win over the Tigers. It's the 6th time that has happened in MLB since 1900.

Credit: ESPN Stats and Information and the Elias Sports Bureau.

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