Yankees Shock the Sox with a Walk-off Winner in the 9th

NEW YORK (AP) – Alex Rodriguez hit a tying homer off Jonathan

Papelbon in the ninth inning and Marcus Thames connected moments

later for a two-run shot of his own, giving the New York Yankees a

wild 11-9 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.

With one out and a runner on third, Rodriguez hit the first

pitch into the visitors' bullpen in left-center to tie it at 9.

Papelbon (1-3) got Robinson Cano to fly out but hit Francisco

Cervelli with a pitch before Thames drove his next delivery over

the wall in left.

Thames was mobbed at home plate after New York's first

game-ending hit of the season. He also got the customary cream pie

in the face from pitcher A.J. Burnett, part of the routine when New

York had 15 game-ending hits last year.