Yankees edge Rockies on bang-bang play at first

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 9, 2013 at 12:18 am •  Published: May 9, 2013
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DENVER (AP) — Pinch hitter Brennan Boesch's dash down the first base line ended with a safe call. The Rockies didn't quite see it that way.

Boesch beat out an infield single with the bases loaded in the ninth off closer Rafael Betancourt and the New York Yankees snapped a five-game skid at Coors Field with a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

"Felt like he was out," Rockies first baseman Todd 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. But got to give them credit for being in that situation in the first place."

Vernon Wells had a two-run homer in the first and singled to start the ninth. He stole second, was sacrificed to third and broke for the plate to score the decisive run when third baseman Nolan Arenado couldn't throw out a hustling Boesch after a diving stop.

"I know it was close," Arenado said. "I didn't get the ball out in time. I think, from what everyone is saying, he was out. Obviously, if I get the ball out a little quicker, he's out."

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said first base umpire Phil Cuzzi told him that he thought Boesch beat the throw.

"It was a close play. I thought he was out. Close play," Weiss said.

David Robertson (2-0) earned the win by working out of a jam in the eighth and Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 12 chances.

It's the first time New York has won in the Mile High City since June, 19, 2002. The Yankees also bounced back from a 2-0 loss the night before. They're now 29-9 in games following a shutout loss since manager Joe Girardi's arrival in 2008.

Wells began the ninth with a single off 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 sharp two-out grounder to Arenado, who fielded it cleanly and came up throwing. Helton thought Boesch was out and began heading to the dugout, but first base umpire Phil Cuzzi ruled him safe. Weiss briefly argued, before returning to the dugout.

With their bench depleted, the Yankees had to get creative in the field for the ninth. So much so that Wells wound up playing third base for the first time in his career. He fielded Carlos Gonzalez's slow hopper for the second out.

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