Wells, Boesch lift Yankees to 3-2 win over Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 12:20 am •  Published: May 9, 2013
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DENVER (AP) — Everyone knows Vernon Wells can hit and play the outfield. Turns out, he has some range at third base, too.

That's right, third base.

Wells' reward for scoring the go-ahead run in the ninth was taking the field at the hot corner — a position he's never played before. He looked rather sharp, too, on his one and only grounder.

"That was one of the cooler moments of my career," Wells said.

While his glove work preserved the win, pinch-hitter Brennan Boesch's hustle on an infield single with the bases loaded allowed Wells to score the winning run as the New York Yankees beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 on Wednesday night.

"Once Boesch was called safe, I was like a little kid just jumping around," said Wells, who also added a two-run homer in the first. "Then I quickly stopped when I realized, 'OK, I've got to go play third.' I've got to get my head together."

With the Yankees' bench depleted, manager Joe Girardi had to get creative in the field for the ninth. So much so that Wells wound up jogging to third — with his outfield glove. But he fielded Carlos Gonzalez's slow hopper for the second out.

Mariano Rivera enticed Wilin Rosario to fly out to end the game as baseball's best closer earned his 12th save in 12 chances.

"Taking groundballs while Mo was warming up — throwing the ball around and I'm throwing the ball to Mariano Rivera?" Wells said. "It's a cool feeling."

Wells began the ninth with a single off Rafael Betancourt (1-1) and was credited with a stolen base when shortstop Jonathan Herrera dropped the ball while applying the tag. Lyle Overbay drew a walk and Ichiro Suzuki sacrificed them over.

After an intentional walk to Jayson Nix to load the bases, pinch-hitter Travis Hafner struck out. Boesch sent a two-out sharp grounder to Nolan Arenado, who briefly looked at second before double-clutching and then throwing across the diamond. First baseman Todd Helton thought Boesch was out and began heading to the dugout, but first base umpire Phil Cuzzi ruled him safe.

"Felt like he was out," Helton said. "I don't know what the replay showed. It was close. Yeah, it's a tough call. It's a shame the game had to be decided on a call like that."

Manager Walt Weiss briefly argued with Cuzzi before walking off the field.

"Said it was really close but thought he beat it," Weiss said of the conversation.

Boesch will second that opinion. After all, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound outfielder is faster than he looks.

"I thought I was safe," Boesch said. "But I kind of lost my balance trying to run as hard as I could and I had that really pretty crash landing.

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