The Yankees looked down and out when the Dodgers brought in Jonathan Broxton with a four-run lead in the ninth inning yesterday, but the Bombers soon changed that.
Broxton struck out Mark Teixeira to start the inning, but the wheels fell off the closer's wagon shortly after.
Alex Rodriguez singled to left, then Robinson Cano followed with an RBI double to right field, cutting the lead to three runs.
After a very lengthy at-bat, Jorge Posada ripped a single to right field, putting runners at the corners with one out. He was followed by Curtis Granderson's walk to load the bases.
Then, after a long at-bat, rookie Chad Huffman hit a two-run single to right field, bringing the Yankees to within a run of the lead, and sending Granderson to third.
Fellow rookie Colin Curtis grounded out to first base, while James Loney's throw back to the plate was not in time, as Granderson scored to tie the game at six runs apiece.
With Huffman at second and first base open, Broxton intentionally walked Derek Jeter, bringing up pinch hitter Francisco Cervelli, who grounded out to end the inning.
Broxton ended up throwing 48 pitches and allowing four runs in the ninth inning, certainly his worst outing of the year.
Mariano Rivera sent the game to extra innings after a controversial one-two-three inning in the bottom of the ninth. In that inning, Garret Anderson was ejected and Joe Torre voiced his opinions to home plate umpire Chris Guccione and his strike zone.
Teixeira led off the top of the 10th with a single to right. A-Rod grounded into a force out, leading Joe Torre to bring in George Sherrill to replace Ramon Troncoso, with Cano coming up.
On the surface it looked like a smart move by Torre, since Cano had been 0-for-11 against Sherrill entering the game. Apparently, Torre and Sherrill hadn't received the memo that Cano is currently the best hitter in the Majors.
After swinging at a slider for strike one, Cano launched his 15th home run to center field, giving the Yankees an 8-6 lead heading to the bottom of the 10th.
Rivera allowed a lead-off single to Loney, but after Russell Martin was called out on strikes and was ejected for slamming and breaking his bat, Reed Johnson struck out and Jamey Carroll grounded out to Jeter to end the game.
Rivera won the game after pitching two innings for the second time in the past week. Each of the Yankees' last two series have ended in extra innings, with Rivera going two innings both times.
The Yankees won their first series against a Joe Torre managed team since his departure from New York, and also managed to keep Manny Ramirez in the park over the three games.
Next up, the Yankees welcome the Seattle Mariners to town on Tuesday, after a travel day on Monday.
Phil Hughes will be opposite Cliff Lee, marking Lee's first game at Yankee Stadium since his dominant performance in Game One of last year's World Series.