Over the last four games, the Yankees have played one of the worst brands of baseball I’ve seen in awhile. That trend continued tonight as Mariano Rivera allowed four Red Sox stolen bases in the ninth inning as he blew a 2-1 Yankee advantage. Down 3-2 in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon, the Yankees were able to battle back and tie the score at three on a Robinson Cano, bases-loaded single. Jorge Posada and Lance Berkman were unable to end the contest so the game went to extra innings. Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan combined for a perfect tenth inning, setting the table for the bottom of the frame.

After a Curtis Granderson lead-off single, Brett Garnder laid down a picture perfect bunt. Catcher Victor Martinez made an errant throw, allowing Granderson to advance to third base. Derek Jeter was intentionally walked before Marcus Thames made the first out of the single on a sharp ground ball to third. Juan Miranda was able to earn the walk-off walk, giving the Yankees a 4-3 win.

With the win, the Yankees magic number falls to one. The Tampa Bay Rays lost to the Mariners this afternoon so the Yankees currently sit a half game behind the Rays in the AL East.

The Yankees desperately needed this win, but let’s not get too excited. The Yankees were dead to rights after Rivera blew the save in the Top of the 9th. Jorge Posada doesn’t get a free pass either for those four stolen bases. He made some terrible throws that gave the Red Sox confidence on the base paths. Just imagine if Papelbon converted this save tonight. Everyone would start to think this was 2004 all over again. Just a longer, more drawn out 2004.

Let’s not forget about Yankee starter, Phil Hughes. Hughes gave the Yankees six solid innings of one-run ball. He did walk four hitters, but he battled and showed command early.

Key Moment:

Down 1-0 in the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez launched his 29th home run of the season, giving the Yankees a 2-1 advantage. This was Rodriguez’s fourth home run against the Sox this weekend. His play will be key for the Yankee playoff run.

The Yankees won’t have much down time as they must now board a plane to Canada. Their series against the Blue Jays kicks off tomorrow night at 7:10 PM.

Monday, 7:10 PM, YES: AJ Burnett (10-14, 5.05 ERA) vs. Marc Rzepczynski (2-4, 5.75 ERA)

**Burnett is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in three starts against the Jays. Rzepcyznski has fared worse than Burnett, going 0-1 with a 14.14 ERA in two starts against the Bombers