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Wild Walk-Off Win For Yankees, as Bombers Avoid Four-Game Sweep

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Yankee Stadium, the Bronx- Another recent blown save by New York Yankees’ closer Mariano Rivera was no cause for concern Sunday afternoon, as a wild pitch by Boston Red Sox reliever Brandon Workman brought Ichiro Suzuki from third to home for a 4-3 Yankees win.

“Just really big,” said Yankees’ skipper Joe Girardi. “We needed it, because we’ve had some pretty tough games the last couple days.”

Leading 3-2 heading into the top of the ninth inning, Rivera, who had tossed a scoreless eighth inning, managed to pick up his fifth win of the year even while recording his seventh blown save of the 2013 season by surrendering a solo-shot home run to Red Sox third baseman Wil Middlebrooks that tied the game at 3-3.

Middlebrooks hit his fourth homer in the last five days, a lead-off home run to start the ninth inning, as Rivera blew just his seventh regular season game for the first time since the 2001 season.

“I thought he was going to catch it on the track,” said Middlebrooks of Ichiro’s attempt on the fly-ball. “I didn’t crush it. I didn’t think it was a homer.”

“If it wasn’t for the wind, it would have been a pop-up,” Ichiro said through a translator.

Boston reliever Brandon Workman replaced starter Jon Lester in the bottom of the ninth inning, and got into trouble with one out when gave up a single to the speedy Ichiro Suzuki.

Suzuki stole second base during Vernon Wells’ at-bat, and then advanced to third base on Wells’ pop-up out. With Alfonso Soriano batting, Workman’s pitch got away from Boston catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, as Suzuki sprinted home for the game-winning run.

“It just kind of got away from me,” Workman said. “We were trying to work a little bit up on him.”

For Boston it is just the first walk-off loss suffered since July, fourth of 1997 when the Red Sox lost 6-5 to the Chicago White Sox on the road after a Heathcliff Slocumb wild pitch enabled Ozzie Guillen to score the game-winner in similar fashion to Sunday’s game at Yankee Stadium.

Yankees’ second baseman Robinson Cano [3-for-4] broke open a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with a bases loaded, two-RBI double to left-field that scored Chris Stewart and Ichiro for a 3-1 New York advantage.

“Made one bad pitch in the inning and give up two runs. It’s frustrating, but you’ve just got to keep making pitches,” Lester said.

The Red Sox scratched across a run in the top of the sixth on a ground-out RBI for Saltalamacchia that brought David Ortiz home for a 3-2 Yankees’ lead.

Lester recorded his ninth no-decision despite a performance of three earned runs off 10 hits in eight innings of 115 pitches.

Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia [0-for-4] played in his 1,000th career game, becoming the 29th such Red Sox player to accomplish the feat. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, only six other players who have debuted since 1900 have hit more doubles than Pedroia [283] through their first 1,000 games: Joe Medwick-324, Hank Greenberg-304, Al Simmons-289, Nomar Garciaparra- 289, Chuck Hafey-288, and Todd Helton with 287.

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