Yanks Topple Boston 5-3

Pettitte and the Bombers best Matsuzaka and the Sox in first of three
By Joseph Fasano,  Newser User
Posted Aug 28, 2007 11:06 PM CDT
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte delivers a pitch during the first inning of baseball action against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Yankees downed Boston 5-3 last night in the first of a crucial three-game series. Andy Pettitte was masterful for New York, surrendering six hits in seven innings, while the Bombers hammered Boston hurler Daisuke Matsuzaka. Johnny Damon's tie-breaking homer in the seventh handed closer Mariano Rivera a two-run lead, and the Yankee ace blanked Boston for his 21st save.

The win lifts the Yanks to seven games back of Boston in the American League East, a margin they're hoping to narrow before the Sox skip town on Thursday. Meanwhile, New York's Derek Jeter, dogged recently by a knee injury, blasted out of his recent hitting slump with a solo homer in the fifth inning. (Read more New York Yankees stories.)