NEW YORK -- Given that the Red Sox were merely trying to play spoiler, it was nowhere near as dramatic as some other October battles between these two teams. But in a thrilling comeback, the New York Yankees rallied to tie, then overtake the Red Sox, 4-3 in 12 innings.
Down to their final three outs, the Yanks got a leadoff single in the ninth from Curtis Granderson and a two-run, pinch-hit homer from Raul Ibanez off closer Andrew Bailey to tie the game at 3-3.
Three innings later, Ibanez struck again, singling home Francisco Cervelli from second base against Andrew Miller.
The loss was Boston's seventh in a row. They're winless on the final road trip of the season with one game remaining.
Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia, both of whom were out of the lineup Monday when the Sox were embarrassed 10-2, combined to account for two first-inning runs. Ellsbury singled and rode home on Pedroia's double to right-center. Pedroia then advanced to third on a groundout and scored on Cody Ross's sacrifice fly.
James Loney crushed a solo homer into the second deck in right to open the ninth looked like insurance until Ibanez struck in the bottom of the inning.
The Yankees had managed an unearned run in the second, with help from an error by third baseman Pedro Ciriaco and another misplay by shortstop Jose Iglesias. That was the only run off Jon Lester, who was left with a no-decision when Bailey imploded in the ninth.
Pablo Sandoval hit his fourth home run of the spring and Rusney Castillo had three hits to lead a Red Sox split squad to a 7-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla.
Sandoval, who has won back his third base job after missing nearly all of last season following surgery on his left shoulder, connected for a three-run shot, batting right-handed, against Rays starter Ian Snell in the fifth inning. The switch-hitting Sandoval had abandoned hitting right-handed in 2015, his last full season with the Red Sox.
He's hitting .353 this spring with a 1.051 OPS and 19 RBI.
Castillo, the Cuban outfielder signed to a seven-year, $72 million deal late in 2014 but again likely headed for Triple-A Pawtucket, went 3-for-4 and is hitting .368 this spring. Catcher Blake Swihart, also probably Pawtucket-bound, had two hits and is hitting .325.
Kyle Kendrick strengthened his bid for a spot in the rotation by allowing two runs in six innings and striking out six and Jackie Bradley homered as a Red Sox split squad played to a 3-3 tie with the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Kendrick, 32, a non-roster invitee to spring training, allowed eight hits and a walk in his sixth start this spring. He's been the Red Sox best starter with an ERA of 2.17.
With David Price out until May and lefty Drew Pomeranz still a question mark, Kendrick could find his way into the rotation behind Chris Sale, Rick Porcello, Steven Wright and Eduardo Rodriguez.
Bradley went 2-for-3 with his third homer of the spring. He's hitting .244 in spring training games.
The Phillies pushed across the tying run in the ninth off lefty reliever Robby Scott, the first run he's allowed this spring in 10 innings.
The Minnesota Twins host the Red Sox on Sunday at 1:05 at Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers.