NEW YORK — Stephen Drew hit a tying single off relief ace Mariano Rivera with two outs in the ninth, then Shane Victorino lined a go-ahead single in the 10th that sent the Red Sox past the Yankees 9-8 Thursday.
Down to their last strike against Rivera, the Red Sox rallied in the opener of a key four-game series in the AL East.
New York erased a 7-2 deficit with six runs in the seventh. There was one outburst: Reliever Joba Chamberlain was ejected by first-base umpire Joe West, who ruled Victorino checked his swing right before the deciding hit.
Jacoby Ellsbury singled with one out in the 10th off Chamberlain and stole second. Victorino held up on a half-swing, West ruled, and lined an RBI single.
Earlier, Rivera had entered with an 8-7 lead and got two outs. But Mike Napoli singled and pinch-runner Quintin Berry stole second, continuing to third when catcher Austin Romine's errant throw bounced away. Drew tied it, and Victorino handed Rivera his sixth blown save in 47 tries.