YANKEES @ RAYS
Johnson's Pinch HR
• The Situation: Down 7-0, the Rays scored six runs in the eighth inning to make it 7-6. They were down to their final out in the ninth when pinch-hitter Dan Johnson came to the plate against reliever Cory Wade.
• The Outcome: With two strikes, Johnson (hitting only .108 with one HR in 2011) stroked a solo homer to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
• The Impact: The improbable Johnson home run saved the Rays from defeat. With a loss, the Rays would have needed a Red Sox loss to force a one-game playoff the next day.
• The Quote: "We were dead. You couldn't write this. No one would believe you." -- Rays manager Joe Maddon