NEW YORK — After losing three straight slugfests, the Yankees scratched out a crucial win thanks to a stolen base and a wild pitch.
Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workman's wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, and New York overcame Mariano Rivera's blown save for a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox that prevented a four-game sweep.
"Just really big," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We needed it, because we've had some pretty tough games the last couple days."
Robinson Cano hit a two-run double and the Yankees finally quieted Boston's bats behind starter Hiroki Kuroda. They took a one-run lead into the ninth inning before Rivera, called on to start the eighth, gave up a wind-aided homer to streaking Will Middlebrooks.
Ichiro hit a one-out single off Workman in the bottom half, stole second and advanced to third on Vernon Wells' fly to right.
Workman then fired a high pitch that deflected off the mitt of catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and caromed off the backstop, allowing Suzuki to score easily.
"It just kind of got away from me," Workman said. "We were trying to work a little bit up on him."
Boston, which had 54 runs in its past four games, had its five-game winning streak snapped.