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Close Call Gives Yankees The Edge In Win Over Boston

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx (Featured Image: Bill Menzel) – Strong starting pitching, timely hitting, and instant replay were the ingredients for back-to-back wins for the New York Yankees over the Boston Red Sox in a 3-2 victory on Sunday night.

Yankees’ starter Ivan Nova allowed two earned runs off eight scattered hits in seven and one-third innings pitched to collect his first career win over Boston at Yankee Stadium, and his third overall against the rival Red Sox.

“I thought he had better command of his curveball tonight, which was a huge difference,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi.
The Pinstripes trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of third inning after a Jonathan Herrera RBI-single up the middle scored Ryan Roberts from third base.

The Yankees came back to take the lead in the bottom half of the third off the hot bat of right-fielder Carlos Beltran [3-for-4], who smashed his third home run of the season off Boston starter Felix Doubront with one on and one out to put New York ahead 2-1.

Yankees’ first baseman Francisco Cervelli put into play what would later be the winning and controversial run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, as his force-out at third [which became an attempted double-play to first to nab Cervelli] enabled catcher Brian McCann to score for a 3-1 lead.

The play was hotly contested with Cervelli initially ruled out. Instant replay overturned the call, and Boston manager John Farrell argued to the point of being ejected from the game by first base umpire Bob Davidson.

“We felt it was clear that the replay was inconclusive,” Farrell said. “Any angle that we looked at, you couldn’t tell if the foot [of Cervelli] was on the bag behind Mike Napoli’s leg.”

The Red Sox attempted a rally in the top of the sixth inning as first baseman Mike Napoli led off with a solo-shot home run off Nova into the stands in left-field to cut the Yankees lead down to 3-2.

Boston got the tying run as far as third base in the top of the eighth inning, but Napoli was stranded there when pinch-hitter Mike Carp struck out swinging against Yankees’ relief pitcher David Phelps to end the threat.

Yankees’ closer Shawn Kelley collected his third save of the season, with two strikeouts and a grounder to end the game.

Notes: Beltran made his first career appearance as an infielder when he replaced an injured Cervelli in the top of the fifth inning, “We have to do what it takes,” Beltran said. “I hope I don’t have to do it again.” …Yankees’ second baseman Brian Roberts underwent a precautionary MRI, the results of which were negative after experiencing lower back soreness.

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