Brett Gardner lined a slider from rookie Andrew Kittredge a half-dozen rows into the right-field seats leading off the 11th inning, circled the bases with his career-high 18th home run, rolled his helmet toward home plate and crossed with the winning run.
The Yankees went wild, so wild that rookie star Aaron Judge lost part of a tooth in the celebration.
"He's too big to get hurt by something like that," Gardner said after New York beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-5 Thursday night. "I think he'll be all right."
Gardner sparked the tying rally with a leadoff triple in the ninth against Alex Colome and scored on a strange two-out single by Gary...