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McCann gets four hits as Yankees top Red Sox to end skid

  • Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, left, greets teammate Brian McCann at the plate after McCann hit a second-inning two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, left, greets teammate Brian McCann at the plate after McCann hit a second-inning two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Brian McCann hits a seventh-inning RBI-single in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Brian McCann hits a seventh-inning RBI-single in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees' Brett Gardner collides with the outfield wall on Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt's sixth-inning RBI-double in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees' Brett Gardner collides with the outfield wall on Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt's sixth-inning RBI-double in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • New York Yankees reliever David Robertson follows through on a ninth-inning pitch in a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    New York Yankees reliever David Robertson follows through on a ninth-inning pitch in a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after striking out swinging with a runner in scoring position in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after striking out swinging with a runner in scoring position in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

    Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

  • Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira, left, greets teammate Brian McCann at the plate after McCann hit a second-inning two-run home run off Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Anthony Ranaudo in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda delivers in the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Brian McCann hits a seventh-inning RBI-single in a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees' Brett Gardner collides with the outfield wall on Boston Red Sox's Brock Holt's sixth-inning RBI-double in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • New York Yankees reliever David Robertson follows through on a ninth-inning pitch in a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Red Sox's Mookie Betts reacts after striking out swinging with a runner in scoring position in a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
  • Boston Red Sox Mookie Betts reacts after hitting a sixth-inning fly out to New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki in a baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK – Brian McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits and the New York Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox, 5-1, last night.

McCann homered a day earlier as the Yankees got battered by Boston, leaving them five games behind for the second AL wild-card spot. In the rematch with the last-place Red Sox, he drove in three runs and gave an early cushion to Hiroki Kuroda (10-8).

McCann has mostly been a disappointment in his first year with the Yankees, stuck in a season-long slump. A seven-time All-Star for Atlanta, he signed a rich free-agent deal last winter but hasn’t hit much, prompting Manager Joe Girardi to note before the game, “I think he expected more from himself.”

Kuroda gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk. He evened his mark at 78-78 in seven seasons for the Yankees and Dodgers.

Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) lost for the first time in his four starts since making his big league debut. Boston kept up its weeklong pattern of alternating wins and losses.

McCann connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot in the second.

McCann got four hits for the 11th time in his career, capped by an RBI single in the seventh.

A day after bad baserunning dearly cost the Yankees, they tried a double steal in the first. Instead, Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner ran right into a double play.

Jeter was on second and Gardner was on first when they took off. Catcher Christian Vazquez targeted the trailing runner, trapping Gardner in a rundown. Second baseman Jemile Weeks suddenly zipped a throw across the diamond that caught Jeter straying off third, and third baseman Brock Holt’s toss nailed Gardner at second.

The Red Sox weren’t so swift around the bags, either.

Daniel Nava got picked off first by Kuroda, seeming incredibly nonchalant returning to the base. Moments earlier, Kuroda had looked back Nava without making a throw.

Trainer’s room

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth game in a row because of concussion-like symptoms. Manager John Farrell said Pedroia took early batting practice and passed an online test in his recovery. Farrell said he was “optimistic” Pedroia would play during Boston’s upcoming homestand, which starts tomorrow night.

Yankees: INF-OF Martin Prado has temporarily been shut down because of a mild strain of his left hamstring. He was hurt Tuesday night, and Girardi said “hopefully it’s just a day or two.”

Up next

Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman (1-8, 4.93 ERA) starts the series finale tonight against LHP Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.24). Capuano began the season with Boston and pitched 28 times in relief before being released.

Three of a kind

Boston’s 3-4-5 hitters – David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes and Nava – all began the game batting .263. The last time three teammates in a row had the same average this late in a season was Sept. 8, 2011, when Kansas City’s Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler each was hitting .300.

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