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Pettitte's gem lets Yanks avoid sweep from BoSox

8:56 PM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Andy Pettitte served as the stopper the Yankees needed Thursday, as the 40-year-old lefty silenced the Boston Red Sox to help New York avoid a sweep at the hands of its AL East rival with a 4-2 victory.

Over eight vintage innings, Pettitte (1-0) scattered eight hits and a walk while limiting the Red Sox to one run after they combined for 15 against Yankees pitching over the first two games.

As he had so many times before, Pettitte turned the game over to Mariano Rivera, who added to his all-time saves lead with a shaky ninth less than a year removed from suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Lyle Overbay staked the Yankees to an early lead with a two-run single, and Francisco Cervelli and Brett Gardner provided insurance with solo home runs.

Ryan Dempster (0-1) lasted just five innings in his Red Sox debut. The right- hander struck out eight, but allowed three runs on five hits and four walks to take the loss.

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