Boston,  MA (Sports  Network) -  Brett Gardner  stroked a  go-ahead, three-run 
triple as part of a four-run sixth inning that vaulted the New York Yankees to 
a  9-6 victory over  the Boston Red Sox Sunday in the rubber match of a three- 
game set at Fenway Park. 

Alex  Rodriguez  started the  sixth with  a deep  homer to straightaway center 
field,  exacting a  measure of  revenge against  Boston starter  Ryan Dempster 
(6-9),  who plunked Rodriguez in his first plate appearance, resulting in both 
benches  clearing briefly  and New York manager Joe Girardi being ejected from 
the game after both teams received warnings. 

"It  was awesome. I  was pretty excited," Rodriguez said of his blast. "It was 
the ultimate payback." 

The Yankees third  baseman finished 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored, 
while  Eduardo Nunez  collected three hits and  an RBI for New York, which has 
won six of its last eight games. 

New  York  starter CC Sabathia (11-10)  earned the victory, despite not having 
his  best  stuff, as the left-hander  gave up six  runs on seven hits and five 
walks over 5 1/3 innings. 

Mariano Rivera, who had blown his last three save opportunities, worked around 
a  two-out  single and  a walk  in the  ninth to  secure his  36th save of the 

Will  Middlebrooks smacked  a solo  shot and  Jarrod Saltalamacchia  added two 
hits,  an RBI, and  a run scored for the Red Sox, who have lost seven of their 
last  10 games to see their lead over Tampa Bay atop the AL East shrink to one 

Dempster  was tagged  for seven runs on  nine hits over 5 1/3 frames to remain 
winless (0-6) in eight career starts against the Yankees. 

Boston  pushed a pair  of runs across in the first before things got chippy in 
the  second, as Dempster fired his first pitch of the frame behind the legs of 
Rodriguez, arousing a roar of cheers from the Boston faithful. 

Dempster's  next  two offerings missed  inside before the right-hander drilled 
Rodriguez in the left arm with a fastball. 

"I  was just  trying  to pitch  him  inside," Dempster  said  of his  approach 
against Rodriguez. 

Home  plate umpire  Brian O'Nora  immediately warned  both benches,  prompting 
Girardi to come flying out of the Yankee dugout before being ejected. 

"Everyone  knows  it was intentional and  I don't understand why (Dempster) is 
left in the game," Girardi remarked. "Brian and I have a long history together 
and I respect him but that was wrong." 

Both  benches cleared  briefly  and when  the dust  finally  settled and  play 
resumed, Curtis Granderson ripped a double down the right-field line. 

Nunez  followed  with a single  to left-center  to score Rodriguez before Lyle 
Overbay's sacrifice fly to left plated Granderson to tie the game at 2-2. 

Rodriguez  put the Yankees ahead in his next turn at-bat with an RBI groundout 
in  the  third, but David Ortiz  responded with a run-scoring groundout of his 
own in the home half to knot the game at 3-3. 

Boston  regained  the lead in the  fourth, as Saltalamacchia smacked a leadoff 
double off the Green Monster, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on 
Stephen Drew's sac fly to left to make it 4-3. 

Middlebrooks  doubled  the lead  two pitches later,  launching an 0-1 fastball 
into the Boston bullpen in right center for a 5-3 cushion. 

Daniel  Nava's bases-loaded  walk  in the  fifth  made it  a  6-3 margin,  but 
Rodriguez  led  off the sixth  with a  towering drive into straightaway center 

After  Granderson grounded  out, Nunez and Overbay smacked consecutive singles 
before  Chris  Stewart walked to load  the bases and end Dempster's outing, as 
Drake Britton was called in from the bullpen. 

Gardner  greeted Britton  with a bases-clearing triple into right-center field 
to give the Yankees a 7-6 lead. 

Drew cut down Gardner at the plate when Ichiro Suzuki followed with a grounder 
to  short,  but the Yankees got  the run  back in  the seventh, as Granderson 
reached on a fielder's choice before swiping second. 

After  Jayson Nix fanned for the second out, Franklin Morales took over on the 
mound  to  face pinch-hitter Mark  Reynolds, who ripped  a single to center to 
score Granderson for an 8-6 advantage. 

New  York added an insurance run in the ninth. Nix was plunked and he moved to 
second  on a wild pitch before stealing third two batters later and scoring on 
Stewart's single through the left side of the infield. 

Rivera retired the first two Red Sox in the home half of the ninth, but  Ortiz 
came  through  with a  single before  Jonny Gomes  worked a  walk to bring the 
tying run to the plate. 

However,  Rivera got  Saltalamacchia to  lineout sharply  to left  to end  the 

                                   Game Notes 

Nava  started  at first base  and has reached base  safely in a career-high 30 
straight  starts ... Boston had won six straight games started by Dempster ... 
Boston  has lost three straight series for the first time since a three-series 
slide from May 3-12 ... Sabathia improved to 4-4 in 12 career starts at Fenway 
Park  ... New York finished 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position and left 
13  men on  base ...  Nunez left  the game  in the  sixth inning  with a  left 
hamstring strain.