Hitting the pitcher eighth made a difference tonight. With two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth, it was Brennan Boesch who hit in the pitcher’s spot and barely beat out an infield single to drive in the winning run in a 3-2 Yankees win against the Rockies. Vernon Wells started the ninth-inning rally with an infield single — his third hit of the game — then he played third base in the bottom of the inning because Chris Nelson had also been lifted for a pinch hitter. Wells got an out on the only ball hit to him. Through five innings, each team had two runs and two hits. Brett Gardner singled and Vernon Wells homered for the Yankees in the first inning; Wilin Rosario doubled and Todd Helton homered for the Rockies in the second. Yankees starter David Phelps ultimately went six innings, allowing two runs on three hits in his second start in place of Ivan Nova.
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