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NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workmans wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning Sunday, and the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Riveras blown save for a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox that prevented a four-game sweep. Luis Aparicio Jersey . Robinson Cano hit a two-run double and the Yankees finally quieted Bostons booming 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. Suzuki hit a one-out single off Workman (5-3) 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 away off the backstop, allowing Suzuki to score easily. Boston, which began the day with the best record in the majors and an 8 1/2-game cushion in the AL East, had its five-game winning streak snapped. The Red Sox simply outslugged New York in the first three games of the series, giving them a whopping 54 runs, 17 homers and 64 hits during a four-game span that ended Saturday. Finally on Sunday, some pitching. After getting big hits from Cano and Mark Reynolds off Boston starter Jon Lester, the Yankees clung to a 3-2 lead through seven innings. With setup man David Robertson and left-hander Boone Logan sidelined by sore arms, the 43-year-old Rivera (5-2) was brought in to start the eighth for the first time since June 20, 2006, at Philadelphia. Baseballs career saves leader got through his first inning with little difficulty, but Middlebrooks led off the ninth and lofted high fly to right field. Suzuki initially broke in on the ball, then scurried back as the wind caught hold of it and dropped it a few rows deep beyond the famous short porch at Yankee Stadium. It was Middlebrooks fourth home run in five days. Rivera, hands on his hips, stood on the mound with a puzzled, exasperated look on his face and appeared to mouth the word "unbelievable." He retired the next three batters though, and the Yankees regrouped to finish a 6-4 homestand that keeps them in the wild-card hunt. Kuroda tossed six gritty innings and left in line for his first win since Aug. 12. Shawn Kelley retired Dustin Pedroia on a grounder with two runners in scoring position to end the seventh. It was Kelleys first outing since he was roughed up by Baltimore last Sunday. The right-hander had been sidelined because of inflammation in his triceps. After allowing 34 runs in the first three games of the series, the Yankees appeared to be in trouble again when Kuroda gave up consecutive doubles to David Ortiz and Mike Carp to start the second. But the right-hander fought through a 38-pitch inning and kept the score 1-0 by retiring Daniel Nava on a bases-loaded grounder following a pair of walks. Kuroda threw 92 pitches in the first four innings and 117 in all. Lester yielded three runs and 10 hits in eight effective innings. New York tied it in the fourth. Alex Rodriguez singled and scored from first base when Reynolds doubled to deep centre. Lester ran into some tough luck in the fifth. Chris Stewart blooped a one-out single to snap an 0-for-23 slump before Suzuki and Vernon Wells fisted soft singles that landed just out of the reach of shortstop Stephen Drew. That loaded the bases for Alfonso Soriano, who struck out. Cano then lined a two-run double over Middlebrooks at third to put the Yankees ahead 3-1. Ortiz hit a leadoff double in the sixth and scored on Saltalamacchias RBI groundout. Stewart, hit by a pitch in the third, was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the sixth with a bruised left foot. He was sent for precautionary X-rays. NOTES: Bostons last four-game sweep of the Yankees came at Fenway Park in June 1990. The only time the Red Sox have swept a series of at least four games in the Bronx was a five-game whitewash in July 1939. ... Saltalamacchia (back) was back behind the plate after sitting out five games. ... RHP Clay Buchholz is set to rejoin the Red Sox rotation Tuesday night at Tampa Bay after missing three months with a strained neck. ... Yankees LHP CC Sabathia (13-11, 4.86 ERA) starts the opener of a four-game series Monday night in Baltimore against RHP Chris Tillman (15-5, 3.71). ... SS Derek Jeter sat out with soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle. New York manager Joe Girardi said Jeter probably will be held out for a couple of days before further evaluation. Michael Jordan Jersey . Andrew Luck couldnt believe his ears. Colts fans couldnt believe the scoreboard, and the Kansas City Chiefs couldnt believe their incredibly bad luck. Robin Ventura Jersey . -- Creighton apparently has Villanovas number.BALTIMORE - The Baltimore Ravens have a longstanding tradition of playing lockdown defence — a trait the current unit intends to uphold.Elvis Dumervil and Pernell McPhee each had two sacks, and Baltimore punished Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in a 29-7 victory Sunday.One week after scoring 48 points at Tampa Bay, the Ravens (5-2) built a 17-0 halftime lead in their second straight blowout.Baltimore allowed only four first downs in the pivotal first half, finished with five sacks and had a shutout going over the first 52 minutes.The performance conjured memories of a Baltimore defence that shined for years with Ray Lewis in the middle and Ed Reed at safety.Good things, great things, are expected from this defence, Dumervil said. We work hard all year, so our motto is, Were just getting started.Ryan, for one, cant imagine Baltimores defence being any tougher than it was in this one.I think theyve got a big menu in terms of what they do defensively, he said. I thought we were on top of schematically what they wanted to do. Our issue came down to execution. I thought they out-executed us. They played better than we did.The Falcons (2-5) averted their first shutout loss since December 2004 when Ryan connected with Roddy White for a 4-yard touchdown with 7:12 remaining to make it 20-7. It was Atlantas first fourth-quarter score in five games.It was small consolation to a team that has lost four straight, progressively scoring fewer points in each of those games.We had way too much pressure, coach Mike Smith said. Our quarterback was hit and sacked way too much. There were times where we really didnt have a chance to get the play off.After the touchdown, Atlantas next possession ended with Terrell Suggs sacking Ryan for a safety.Five sacks and really, numerous quarterback hits on a guy that doesnt get hit very often, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. Credit our guys for keeping him (in the pocket) and then for getting him.Joe Flacco sealed Baltimores fourth win in five games with 1:46 remaining, connecting with Torrey Smith for a 39-yard touchdown pass on a fourth-and-9.Flacco went 16 for 25 for 258 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions — both by Robert Alford. Justin Forsett gained 95 yards on 23 carries.The victory, combined with Cincinnatis loss to Indianapolis, thrust the Ravens into first place in the AFC Nortth. Bobby Jenks Jersey. . Baltimore faces the Bengals on the road next Sunday.Huge game, Harbaugh said. Were looking forward to the opportunity.Ryan completed 29 of 44 passes for 228 yards and lost a fumble. He got little help from a running game that generated only 68 yards.Weve got to find a way to practice better, to prepare better and ultimately to play better, Ryan said.After outgaining the Falcons 175-61 in the first half, Baltimore continued the pressure in its opening possession of the third quarter. Flacco connected with Steve Smith for a 49-yard completion to set up a 38-yard field goal by Justin Tucker for a 20-0 lead.The Ravens then kept the ball on the ground for the most part, content in allowing the defence to protect the advantage.A first half marred by three turnovers and 10 penalties — including three holding infractions against Baltimore rookie left tackle James Hurst — ended with the Ravens scoring twice in the final 2 minutes, 38 seconds.Baltimore moved 52 yards for a touchdown on its opening possession with help from the Falcons. Following a 36-yard pass interference call against Alford, tight end Owen Daniels caught a 5-yard touchdown pass.After going three-and-out on its first two possessions, Atlanta and moved to the Baltimore 17 before Ryan lost a fumble when sacked by McPhee.Flacco gave it back, lofting a pass into the end zone that was intercepted by Alford.Late in the half, Baltimore took over at its 41 and Hurst committed another holding penalty. Flacco completed a 19-yarder to Daniels on the next play and added a 20-yard toss to Torrey Smith before Bernard Pierce ran in from the 1.A fumbled punt by Baltimores Jacoby Jones gave Atlanta the ball at the Baltimore 37 with 59 seconds to go, but a sack forced the Falcons to try a 57-yard field goal. The kick by Matt Bryant hit the crossbar, and the Ravens quickly moved the other way for a 38-yard field goal on the final play of the half.Notes: Atlanta C Peter Konz left with a knee injury. He will be examined Monday. ... Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox tore his ACL and is lost for the year. DT Haloti Ngata did the job on final extra point. ... Baltimore was vying for its first shutout since 2009. ... The Ravens are 13-1 at home against NFC foes since the start of the 2008 season.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ;Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Gear Discount NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping Stitched Jerseys NFL Jerseys Outlet Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '