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Josh Donaldson’s grand slam in 10th leads Yankees to much-needed win and sparks wild celebrations

Josh Donaldson’s walk-off grand slam in the 10th leads the New York Yankees to much-needed victory and sparks wild celebrations as fans hail designated hitter for ‘saving’ the season

  • New York Yankees wiped out a four-run deficit to force extra innings Thursday
  • The home team then fell three runs behind in the top of the 10th in The Bronx
  • Josh Donaldson rescued the game with a walk-off grand slam for an 8-7 win
  • Fans and pundits have hailed Donaldson for turning the Yankees’ season around 

Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam in the 10th inning as the clock struck midnight to provide a fairytale ending for the New York Yankees. 

The struggling Yankees salvaged an 8-7 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday night to avoid a three-game sweep.

The home team looked set for another night of despair as it fell three runs behind at the top of the 10th, despite having wiped out a four-run deficit to force extra innings.

Josh Donaldson’s grand slam in the 10th lead the New York Yankees to much-needed victory

The designated hitter's teammates waited on the plate to give him a hero's welcome

The designated hitter’s teammates waited on the plate to give him a hero’s welcome

But with all the bases loaded, Donaldson salvaged New York with a dramatic walk-off grand slam. 

Gleyber Torres singled leading off the 10th of Jalen Beeks (2-2) and Anthony Rizzo walked before Donaldson lifted a one-strike, 97 mph fastball to the short porch in right field. He flipped his bat and raised his arms immediately after he connected.

Aroldis Chapman (2-3) gave up three runs in the top of the 10th for New York, which entered having lost three straight and 12 of 15.

The Yankees were three runs behind in the top of the 10th before Donaldson rescued them

The Yankees were three runs behind in the top of the 10th before Donaldson rescued them

Donaldson's grand slam sparked wild celebration as the Yankees player took to the field

Donaldson’s grand slam sparked wild celebration as the Yankees player took to the field

But the Yankees finally got some help from their offense, scoring more than three runs in a game for the first time since August 8 – New York had totaled one run in its past three games.

The Rays led 4-2 when the game was stopped by rain with one out in the top of the seventh. The ensuing 1-hour, 3-minute delay was worth it for the Yankees, who ended Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak.

And the Yankees and social media went wild in celebration. 

Donaldson’s teammates in the dugout could be seen leaping over the barriers and rushing to the plate as they waited to give him a hero’s welcome as he rounded the bases. 

Donaldson's teammates in the dugout could be seen leaping over the barriers to the plate

Donaldson’s teammates in the dugout could be seen leaping over the barriers to the plate

Second baseman Gleyber Torres (right) congratulates an emotional Donaldson after the win

Second baseman Gleyber Torres (right) congratulates an emotional Donaldson after the win

Meanwhile, social media users praised Donaldson for the much-needed win as they claimed he had turned the Yankees’ season around.

One fan declared: ‘THIS WILL BE REMEMBERED AS THE NIGHT THAT JOSH DONALDSON SAVED THE YANKEES SEASON.’

Another added: ‘The Yankees 2022 season started on a Josh Donaldson walkoff and it just started again on a Josh Donaldson walkoff.’ 

Fans praised Donaldson for the win as they claimed he had turned the Yankees' season around

Fans praised Donaldson for the win as they claimed he had turned the Yankees’ season around

Meanwhile, Donaldson’s walkoff caused another to have an out-of-body experience as they simply wrote: ‘DONALDSON. WALKOFF. YANKEES WIN. OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCE’ 

ESPN and YES sportscaster Ryan Ruocco claimed it was the ‘biggest swing of the season for the Yankees.’

MLB. com Executive Reporter Mark Feinsand claimed it was a huge hit for both the Yankees and Donaldson, who needed to win back the home crowd. 

Pundits declared it the 'biggest swing of the season for the Yankees' on social media

Pundits declared it the ‘biggest swing of the season for the Yankees’ on social media 

He posted: ‘Josh Donaldson knew that one was gone the moment he hit it. 

‘Huge hit for the Yankees, huge hit for Donaldson, who had been hearing it from the home crowd of late. His biggest hit of the season lifts the Yankees to a much needed win.’ 

Although the Yankees are 9-16 since the All-Star break, their AL East lead moved back to 10 games over Tampa Bay and Toronto. New York has led the division by double digits for all but two days since June 13. 

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