Boston, MA – Russell Martin's two-run double in the seventh 2 victory over the Boston Red Sox game series at Fenway Park.
Eric Chavez added an RBI single in the deciding frame for the Yankees, who took two of three from their perennial rivals and crept within a half-game of first-place Boston in the AL East.
Cory Wade (3-0) picked up the win after recording the final out of the sixth inning, while Mariano Rivera made things interesting in the ninth but held on to post his 36th save.
A.J. Burnett's winless streak against the BoSox was extended to 10 starts, as he yielded two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings but did not register a decision.
Dustin Pedroia's two-run homer was the lone offense for the Red Sox, who had won three of four coming in. Alfredo Aceves (9-2) suffered the loss, charged with two runs in 1 1/3 relief innings.
Five years to the day since he made public his diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma, Sox starter Jon Lester allowed seven hits and one run over five full frames.