Yankees vs. Phillies: A-Rod Homers in Clutch To Prevail

Micheal Robinson@nyyrobinsonSenior Analyst IIMay 23, 2009

Not clutch? After Saturday, Alex Rodriguez has 18 home runs on his career to tie or win a game. Among active players, that goes for second, behind Gary Sheffield's 22 long balls.

With one out in the ninth inning, Rodriguez hit a full count pitch from Phillies closer Brad Lidge into the right field seats, to tie the game at four runs apiece.

The Yankees were trailing 4-1 when Derek Jeter homered in the sixth inning, to make it 4-2.

Down by two, Johnny Damon was on base when Rodriguez tied it up.

Soon after, Robinson Cano singled and stole second. Melky Cabrera then ended it with a walk off double to right center. This was his third walk off of the young season.

The home run by Rodriguez was number 560 of his career, and the seventh of the season. He has homered two games straight.

Jose Veras (3-1) picked up the win in relief, while Brad Lidge blew his third save this season, in 11 chances.

Andy Pettitte started for the Yankees and gave up a few big hits, including a three-run shot from rookie John Mayberry Jr. in the fifth inning, in his first Major League game.

The Yankees are now 25-18, and have won 10 out of their last 11 games; that is the best in the majors.

After the game, the Yankees move to just one game back in the AL East, while the Toronto Blue Jays are still playing against the Atlanta Braves.

After the game, Yankee newcomer A.J. Burnett was back to his old tricks, giving a pie to the face to Melky Cabrera and Robinson Cano.

Today's walk off double by Cabrera was the fourth walk off game for the Yankees in their past nine games...that is just unheard of.

Up next for the Yankees is ace vs. ace, as Cole Hamels (2-2, 4.95) of the Phillies takes on CC Sabathia (4-3, 3.43) of the Yankees to wrap up the first interleague series of the season.