Young's 3-Run Homer in 9th Rallies Yankees Over Rays

Chris Young broke up Alex Cobb's no-hit bid in the eighth inning and then launched a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth that rallied the Yankees to a 5-4 victory Thursday night over the stunned Tampa Bay Rays.

Pinch-hitter Martin Prado connected for a two-run shot immediately after Cobb was pulled in the eighth, and the Yankees climbed out of a four-run hole to take two of three in the series. Young homered with one out to win it.

Yunel Escobar homered twice and drove in four runs for the Rays.

Young's one-out double in the eighth ended Cobb's bid to become the first visiting pitcher to throw a no-hitter at Yankee Stadium since Virgil Trucks did it for the Detroit Tigers in 1952. Six pitchers combined on a no-hitter for the Houston Astros in the Bronx on June 11, 2003.

Cobb was lifted after Young's opposite-field drive up the right-center alley on his 102nd pitch. The right-hander with the funky windup, on quite a roll lately, received a warm hand from a crowd of 32,627 that included former Yankees great Mariano Rivera.

Prado, on the bench because of a sore hamstring, homered off Brad Boxberger to trim Tampa Bay's lead to 4-2.

Moments later, Derek Jeter was hit by a pitch in the left elbow and bent over in obvious pain. Jeter stayed in the game, though, and X-rays were negative.

New York got a bigger scare in the ninth when Chase Headley was hit on the chin by a 98 mph fastball from closer Jake McGee (4-2). Headley stayed down on his back for a couple of minutes as he was attended to by two trainers.

With blood trickling down his chin, Headley sat up and walked off the field with both trainers.

Ichiro Suzuki followed with a double and Young, cut Aug. 9 by the crosstown Mets after a season-long slump, drove an 0-1 pitch to left field for his latest big hit in pinstripes.

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