While the Red Sox were improving their rotation, the Yankees were falling farther back in the American League East. After a 3-2 walk-off loss tonight at Dodger Stadium, the Yankees are 8.5 games out of first place for the first time this season. The Rays, Red Sox and Orioles each won tonight; the Red Sox also traded for Jake Peavy. The Yankees couldn’t keep pace after Mark Ellis hit a game-winning, two-out single off Shawn Kelley in the ninth. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed a run in the first inning and another in the second, but he settled in to allow just two more base runners — and no more runs — through the next five innings. He finished with seven innings, eight hits, two runs, no walks and three strikeouts. It was the first time since June 14 that he pitched through the seventh. The Yankees kept pace during those early innings, getting a solo home run by Lyle Overbay in the second inning and run-scoring ground out by Overbay in the fourth (driving in Alfonso Soriano, who’d doubled).
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