Red Sox defeat Yankees 6-5 in 19-inning marathon

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — In one of the classic games of a long and illustrious rivalry, the first meeting of the season between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees extended into the 19th inning early Saturday, with Boston claiming victory 6-5.

Yankee Stadium went quiet at 2:13 a.m. after more than seven hours of play, making it the longest game in Red Sox history and the second longest in Yankees history. A total of 17 pitchers were used throughout the marathon game.

At the top of the 19th inning, Mookie Betts hit a sacrificial fly that brought Xander Bogaerts in,  giving the Sox the lead.

Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira hit tying home runs for the Yankees in a game interrupted by a power outage for 16 minutes in the 12th.

The outage was caused by a power surge somewhere in the stadium that knocked out a bank of lights.

David Ortiz hit a solo homer for Boston to break a 3-all deadlock in the 16th. But then Teixeira, batting from the right side against right-handed knuckleballer Steven Wright, led off the bottom half with a no-doubt drive to left field.

Pablo Sandoval put the Red Sox back in front with an RBI single in the 18th only to see Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran hit doubles in the bottom half to tie it again at 5.

The game was the longest in the history of the new Yankee Stadium, which opened in 2009.

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