Chicago, IL (Sports Network) -went 2-for-4 and drove in the decisive run in the ninth inning, helping the edge the , 4-3, in the middle contest of their three-game interleague set at Wrigley Field.
gave up a home run to in the home half, but held the lead to secure New York's seventh win in its last nine games.
Both starters pitched 5 1/3 innings and figured into the decision -- New York's Ryan Dempster gave up three runs and took the loss.allowed two runs and got the win, while Chicago's
But the game's outcome was dependent upon a number of close plays in the late innings.
After the Yankees grabbed a 3-2 edge in the sixth inning, the Cubs threatened in the bottom half thanks to a few errors.
Burnett hit Cory Wade. Another error, this one by second baseman , loaded the bases with one away.and Johnson reached on an error by Nunez before being pulled for
then hit a fly ball to left and Pena broke for home as caught the ball, which wasn't hit all that deep. Gardner made a strong, accurate throw home to get Pena by several strides.
The game remained close after New York wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the eighth, but the Yankees capitalized in the next inning.
With two on and two outs, Nunez doubled to center to plate Cano, who had doubled earlier in the inning. However, Johnson threw outat the plate to keep it a 4-2 contest.
While the play ended the Yankees' rally and their opportunity to take full control of the game, the run provided necessary insurance. Johnson began the bottom half of the ninth by slugging an elevated fastball over the wall in left center field.
The instant offense brought the earlier missed chances into a new light. Had Pena scored in the sixth, Johnson's homer would have tied the game. On the other hand, had Swisher scored, it might not have made as big a difference.
But that's baseball, or any sport, for that matter. As it stood, Johnson's homer pulled the Cubs within one, andfollowed with a single to put the tying run on base.
However, the Cubs' potential rally was quickly quelled. Soto grounded to second for a double play, and Rivera struck outon a check swing to end the game.
Chicago went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position while New York was 4- for-13 and stranded 13, including three in the first inning.
But the Yankees got on the board in the third inning, when they had runners on the corners and one away. Cano lined a double to right to get one run home, and Swisher made it a 2-0 game with a sacrifice fly to center.
followed with a walk and stole second to put runners in scoring position, but Nunez struck out on a foul tip to end the threat.
Burnett gave up the lead in the fourth after walking leadoff batter Blake DeWitt. He faced Pena with one out and delivered a 1-0 fastball in the middle of the zone and over the plate, and Pena slugged it over the right field wall.
The Yankees edged back in front in the sixth after putting runners on the corners, which chased Dempster. Curtis Granderson hit a sacrifice fly off, but the rally ended when Gardner was picked off and caught in a rundown.
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|New York Yankees||0||0||2||0||0||1||0||0||1||4||11||2|
|WP: A.J. Burnett (7 - 5)
SV: Mariano Rivera (17)
LP: Ryan Dempster (5 - 6)