x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Yankees fight back

Alex Rodriguez hits a two-run homer in the ninth as New York stage a dramatic comeback to beat the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies.

Alex Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the ninth as the New York Yankees staged a dramatic comeback to beat the World Series champion Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 on Saturday. Rodriguez's homer tied the game and Melky Cabrera capped the rally with a game-winning single off the Phillies closer Brad Lidge. "We had the last punch," Rodriguez said of his team who had fought back from being 4-1 down. "We're at home and we feel very comfortable here."

The Yankees have now won 10 of their last 11 games after losing the opener of the three-game inter-league series to the Phillies on Friday night. Lidge got into trouble right away after coming on in the ninth. Johnny Damon walked, stole second and after Mark Teixeira struck out, Rodriguez blasted a full-count pitch over the right field wall for his seventh home run of the season. Robinson Cano followed with a single, stole second and easily scored without a throw to the plate on Cabrera's hit.

* Reuters