Aug 17, 2022; Bronx, New York, USA; New York Yankees designated hitter Josh Donaldson (28) tosses his bat after hitting a game winning grand slam home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the tenth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been going through a rough slide, but perhaps they got the needed turning point in a title-hopeful season on Wednesday night.

Trailing 7-4 in the bottom of the 10th inning, Josh Donaldson hit a walk-off grand slam to give the Yankees an 8-7 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

Aroldis Chapman allowed three runs in the top of the 10th inning, and the Yankees appeared to be on the way to their 12th loss in 14 games.

But (with Aaron Judge starting the inning on second base) Gleyber Torres singled, Anthony Rizzo walked, and then Donaldson cranked the game-winning slam.

Tampa Bay reliever Jalen Beeks (who entered the game with an excellent 2.25 ERA) failed to record an out before allowing the four runs (three earned).

What would’ve been another frustrating loss for the Yankees turned into what will be one of the most memorable wins of the season.

The Yankees are still in fine shape in the grand scheme of things, with a 73-45 record and a 10-game lead in the AL East. But they “needed” a win like this to get their mojo back, and maybe they’ll return to playing like the juggernaut they appeared to be a few weeks ago.

Here’s a look at how the baseball world is reacting to Donaldson’s heroics and the Yankees’ walk-off win:

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