Sept. 13: Red Sox 8, Yankees 4
Welcoming the Yankees to town for the final time this season, the Red Sox wanted to make a big statement against their longtime rivals. The Bronx Bombers were still in the race for an AL wild card spot, and needed every win they could muster the rest of the way. The Sox jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead after the first inning, but the Yankees clawed their way back, scoring a run in the third and the sixth, then tying the game with two runs in the seventh off starter John Lackey.
Now tied 4-4, Shane Victorino led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and moved up to second when David Ortiz was hit by a pitch. Jonny Gomes walked to load the bases, but Daniel Nava struck out to give the Yankees some breathing room.
Jarrod Saltalamacchia stepped up to the plate with one out, and the Sox catcher crushed a pitch from Preston Caliborne into the right field bleachers for the Red Sox’ second grand slam in three games. Junichi Tazawa and Koji Uehara worked a perfect eighth and ninth innings, respectively, and the Red Sox took down the Yankees 8-4. The Sox would later go on to sweep the Yankees that weekend to officially eliminate New York from the AL East division race.