Brennan Boesch plated the go-ahead run with a pinch-hit, infield single in the top of the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees over the Colorado Rockies, 3-2, on Wednesday in the middle test of a three-game set at Coors Field.
With the game tied 2-2, New York loaded the bases against Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt (1-1) when Vernon Wells smacked a leadoff single before Lyle Overbay and Jayson Nix each walked around Ichiro Suzuki's bunt.
Betancourt bounced back by fanning pinch-hitter Travis Hafner before Boesch slapped a grounder to third that Nolan Arenado made a diving stop on.
Arenado quickly got to his feet and fired to first, but Boesch beat the throw by a step, allowing Wells to score the deciding run.
"Sometimes my speed is kind of underestimated as a bigger guy," Boesch said of his infield hit. "I think (Arenado) thought he had more time."
Mariano Rivera worked around a two-out single in the bottom half to secure his 12th save of the season, while David Robertson (2-0) earned the victory with a scoreless eighth.
Wells collected three hits, including a two-run homer in the first, to help the Yankees snap a two-game skid.
Todd Helton hit a two-run blast to account for both runs for the Rockies, who lost for the third time in their last five games.
"We need to score some more runs," Helton admitted. "You have to tip your cap sometimes to their pitchers too."
After being blanked in Tuesday's opener, the Yankees broke through in their first at bat Wednesday, as Brett Gardner smacked a leadoff single and Wells followed two batters later with a blast over the left-field wall.
Colorado countered with a long ball of its own in the second when Wilin Rosario ripped a one-out double before Helton scorched a fastball into the seats in right field to knot the game at 2-2.
New York starter David Phelps allowed two runs on three hits and a walk with four strikeouts over six innings ... Juan Nicasio made the start for Colorado and struck out five while yielding two runs on two hits over five frames ... Wells, who had never played the infield over his 15-year career, took over at third base for the bottom of the ninth inning ... New York went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left five on base.