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Red Sox Rally vs Rivera, then Beat Yankees in 10th

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy delivers to the New York Yankees during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Boston Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy delivers to the New York Yankees during the second inning of a baseball game on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Drew hit a tying single off Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth inning, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Boston Red Sox past the New York Yankees 9-8 in a Thursday night thriller.

Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a four-game series loaded with playoff implications.

It felt like a playoff matchup, too, especially after New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There were plenty of pitching changes, pinch-hitters and pinch-runners, plus an outburst — Joba Chamberlain (2-1) was ejected by first base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit.

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