Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte served as the stopper the Yankees
needed Thursday, as the 40-year-old lefty silenced the Boston Red Sox to help
New York avoid a sweep at the hands of its AL East rival with a 4-2 victory.
Over eight vintage innings, Pettitte (1-0) scattered eight hits and a walk
while limiting the Red Sox to one run after they combined for 15 against
Yankees pitching over the first two games.
As he had so many times before, Pettitte turned the game over to Mariano
Rivera, who added to his all-time saves lead with a shaky ninth less than a
year removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Lyle Overbay staked the Yankees to an early lead with a two-run single, and
Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner provided insurance with solo home runs.
Ryan Dempster (0-1) lasted just five innings in his Red Sox debut. The right-
hander struck out eight, but allowed three runs on five hits and four walks to
take the loss.
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