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None of that bothered Joba Chamberlain.
The right-hander took another big step in his transition from the bullpen to the rotation with his best major league start as surging New York beat Boston 1-0 Friday night for its seventh straight win.
The third-place Yankees pulled within two of Boston and stayed three back of AL East-leading Tampa Bay, which won 5-3 at Kansas City. New York also bolstered its bullpen and lineup, acquiring outfielder Xavier Nady and left-hander Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Two people familiar with the deal confirmed the trade on condition of anonymity because physicals were still pending.
For New York, Chamberlain's effort and the added help made it a big night.
"I've had quality starts against everybody," Chamberlain said. "You understand it's going to be a tough game. He (Beckett) is an unbelievable pitcher. He battles and claws."
So does Chamberlain.
"I was the second-best pitcher today," Beckett said, "and ultimately that gets you a loss most of the time."
Chamberlain has allowed three runs or less in all 10 starts this year. On Friday, he gave up three singles -- one to Ortiz, who missed the previous 45 games with a left wrist injury -- and struck out nine in a career-high seven innings.
"He matched Beckett inning for inning," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Mariano Rivera shut down a threat in the eighth and finished for his 26th save, helping the Yankees remain undefeated since the All-Star break.
"I thought we were playing well before the break," Derek Jeter said. "We lost two out of three but guys pitched well against us. Now it just seems like our pitching is taking it to another level. It seems like guys are trying to outdo each other."
The only run scored in the third inning when Jason Giambi took advantage of an infield shift and hit a tapper to the spot vacated by shortstop Jed Lowrie, playing to the right of second base. By the time Lowrie retrieved the ball, Bobby Abreu, who had singled and advanced to third on Alex Rodriguez's single, scored easily.
Beckett (9-7) said his location was a little off on the pitch Giambi hit for an infield single.
"But it was actually sufficient enough to get a weak groundball," Beckett said. "It just happened to be in a position where nobody was playing."
Chamberlain (3-3) had held a team scoreless just once before, on June 25 when he allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 10-0 win at Pittsburgh.
On Friday, he walked one, didn't allow a runner past second base and retired his last 10 batters, five on strikeouts, as the Yankees moved a season-high 12 games above .500.
Kyle Farnsworth put runners at first and second with one out in the eighth on singles by Lowrie and Coco Crisp. Then Rivera came in, struck out Jacoby Ellsbury and retired Dustin Pedroia on a grounder to the mound.
"Dustin's been one of the hottest guys in baseball and not just for a week but for a long time," Girardi said. "It's a very difficult out but it's a huge out."
Rivera allowed a one-out single to Kevin Youkilis in the ninth, then struck out the last two batters.
The Red Sox were missing one of their best hitters: Manny Ramirez was scratched from the lineup with a sore right knee and missed his second straight game. He is hitting .487 during his current 11-game hitting streak.
He underwent MRIs on both knees and they "came back fine," Boston manager Terry Francona said.
In the seventh, Chamberlain threw a high, inside pitch that sent Youkilis to the ground as the ball ricocheted off his bat. Plate umpire Marty Foster warned both benches before Chamberlain struck him out.
"It's a 2-0 count and the game's 1-0," Chamberlain said. "You think I want to lose the lead?"
In Boston's 5-4 loss at New York on July 7, Youkilis scored on a wild pitch on which he slid into Chamberlain covering home. One inning later, the sixth, Youkilis stared at Chamberlain after a pitch behind his thigh. Chamberlain was suspended for two games last August for throwing consecutive 98-99 mph pitches over Youkilis' head.
"He has great command until Youk gets in there," Francona said.
|The Boston faithful welcome back Alex Rodriguez with some pictures of his 'gal pal' Madonna. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|New York Yankees|
|Johnny Damon, DH||3||0||1||0||1||1||0||.315|
|Derek Jeter, SS||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.285|
|Bobby Abreu, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.277|
|Alex Rodriguez, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||2||2||.320|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||3||3||.255|
|Richie Sexson, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.216|
|Robinson Cano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||3||.265|
|Melky Cabrera, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.248|
|Jose Molina, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.217|
|Brett Gardner, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.153|
|RBI - Jason Giambi (58)|
|2-OUT RBI - Jason Giambi (23)|
|SB - Johnny Damon (14, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)|
|CS - Melky Cabrera (2, 2nd base by Beckett/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Cano-Jeter-Giambi|
|New York Yankees|
|Joba Chamberlain (W,3-3)||7||3||0||0||1||9||0||2.30|
|Kyle Farnsworth (H,11)||0.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.32|
|Mariano Rivera (S,26)||1.2||1||0||0||0||3||0||1.17|
|Pitches-Strikes - Joba Chamberlain 103-69, Kyle Farnsworth 9-7, Mariano Rivera 26-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joba Chamberlain 6-5, Mariano Rivera 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Joba Chamberlain 24, Kyle Farnsworth 3, Mariano Rivera 6|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, LF||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.259|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.320|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.252|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.311|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||1||0||1||2||1||.288|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.287|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.294|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.215|
|Coco Crisp, CF||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.252|
|SB - Dustin Pedroia (11, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Molina)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Josh Beckett (L,9-7)||7||9||1||1||1||6||0||3.83|
|WP - Josh Beckett (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 110-76, Javier Lopez 5-3, Manny Delcarmen 6-3, Hideki Okajima 14-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 6-7, Javier Lopez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 29, Javier Lopez 1, Manny Delcarmen 1, Hideki Okajima 4|
|Attendance - 37744|
|Game Time - 3:04|
|Temperature - 75|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Derryl Cousins, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Eric Cooper|