The game ended at 2:13 a.m. EST. in front of a nearly empty crowd, making it the longest game in the new Yankee Stadium. The Red Sox surrendered leads in the ninth, 16th, and 18th innings, before finally putting it away in the 19th. Xander Bogaerts scored the game-winning run on the Betts' sacrifice fly.
Chase Headley and Mark Teixeira both hit game-tying home runs to extend the game for the Yankees. Teixeira turned 35 when the clock struck midnight, celebrating his birthday with a clutch hit. Headley's shot came in the ninth inning, sending the game into extra innings.
The teams combined for 138 at-bats, 32 hits, 28 strikeouts, and 627 pitches thrown by 17 pitchers on the night. David Ortiz homered in the 12th inning of the first of 19 meetings between the rivals. That was followed by Teixeira's second homer of the year.
Pablo Sandoval's RBI single put the Red Sox up in the 18th, but doubles by Carlos Beltran and Brian McCann tied it up again in the bottom half. Each team used their final reliever available in the 15th inning.
This game went down as the longest game by time in Boston's franchise history. It is the second longest in Yankees' franchise history, behind a 22-inning win over the Detroit Tigers that took 7 hours in 1962. It was the longest game by innings for New York since a 19-inning win over the Minnesota Twins in 1976.
The longest game by innings between the 2 teams was a 20-inning victory for New York in the second game of a doubleheader in 1967.
The initial crowd of 41,292 subsided tremendously by the final out of the game. Steven Wright threw 5 innings in relief to get the win for Boston. The Red Sox came through late in a game that they stranded 20 runners. Esmil Rogers took the loss for New York, after throwing 81 pitches a day after throwing 35 out of the bullpen.
The Red Sox are now off to a 3-1 start to their season, while the Yankees fell to 1-3 early on, as these 2 teams returned soon after this game to play a matinee game 2 of the series Saturday afternoon.