The Yankees didn’t make it easy, but they made it work. After blowing an early four-run lead, the Yankees scratched out a run in the sixth and leaned on the bullpen for a 5-4 win in tonight’s series finale against the Astros. It was the Yankees sixth win in the past seven days. Boone Logan, Dave Robertson and Mariano Rivera combined for 3.1 scoreless innings in relief of starter David Phelps. Rivera got his MLB-leading 11th save. With the game tied at 4, the Yankees scored the winning run on an unavoidable double play in the sixth. Lyle Overbay froze on his way to second base, avoiding a quick tag and giving Eduardo Nunez time to score before the final out. Three innings earlier there seemed to be little need for such heads up base running. The Yankees had a 4-0 lead thanks in part to home runs by Robinson Cano and Ben Francisco, but Phelps allowed six base runners — including two hit batters — during a four-run fourth that spoiled his first start in place in injured Ivan Nova.
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