MLB: New York Yankees 9, Boston 6

Aug. 19, 2013 at 12:44 AM
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BOSTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Alex Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a homer, driving in two runs Sunday after being controversially hit by a pitch in the New York Yankees' 9-6 win over Boston.

Rodriguez, playing in his 12th game while appealing a 211-game suspension for his alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, was struck with a pitch by Boston starter Ryan Dempster in the second inning, triggering a heated incident.

Dempster had thrown behind Rodriguez earlier in the at-bat, but was not ejected by home plate umpire Brian O'Nora, prompting Yankees Manager Joe Girardi to charge from the dugout and harangue the umpire.

Girardi was ejected.

The Red Sox had forged a 6-3 lead but Rodruguez smashed a solo homer in the sixth to cut the deficit and four batters later Brett Gardner put New York ahead to stay with a bases-clearing triple off reliever Drake Britton.

Edwin Nunez went 3-for-3 with an RBI as New York racked up 17 hits and took the rubber match of a three-game series.

CC Sabathia (11-10) got the win despite allowing six runs on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings and the New York bullpen fired 3 2/3 scoreless innings, capped by Mariano Rivera's 36th save.

Dempster (6-9) was roughed up for seven runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings.

Will Middlebrooks homered while David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each provided two hits and an RBI for the Bosox, whose American League East lead over Tampa Bay shrank to one game.

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