Mike Mussina Wins 20: Yankees Beat Red Sox in First of Twin Bill

A.J. MartelliSenior Analyst ISeptember 28, 2008

The New York Yankees beat the Boston Red Sox by a score of 6-2 on Sunday afternoon in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.

Mike Mussina took the ball for the Yankees. He worked six strong innings, gave up no runs on three hits, walked two, and struck out three.

Mussina was opposed by Daisuke Matsuzaka. Matsuzaka lasted four innings, gave up three earned runs on four hits, walked two, and knocked down five.

The Yankees put up three runs in the top of the fourth. Xavier Nady wrapped a homer around the Pesky Pole in right field—his 25th homer of the year—to give the Yankees a 3-0 lead.

Boston finally broke through in the bottom of the eighth with two runs and RBI from Chris Carter and Jacoby Ellsbury. The Sox then trailed 3-2.

The Yanks added insurance in the top half of the ninth. Jose Molina hit a sacrifice fly to score Robinson Cano; Melky Cabrera grounded out, allowing Cody Ransom to score; Alex Rodriguez singled to score Brett Gardner; and the Yankees went up 6-2.

Mariano Rivera, who came into the game in the eighth, closed out the game to give the Yankees a series win over the Red Sox.

Mussina, of course, got the win, and finished the season up at 20-9. This is the first time in his career he has recorded 20 wins, and the 39-year-old hurler also tied Burleigh Grimes for 32nd place on baseball's all-time wins list with 270 career victories.

Matsuzaka lost and will finish the 2008 campaign with 18 wins and three losses.

Phil Coke and Brian Bruney each recorded a hold, and Rivera notched his 39th save of the year.

Later tonight at 7:35 ET, the Yankees and Red Sox will finish the season in their series finale. Sidney Ponson (8-5, 5.21 ERA) will face Tim Wakefield (10-11, 4.20 ERA).