Yankees-Indians: Pettitte Takes Down Lee in Pitcher's Duel

Ryan Mace@@rmacejrContributor IMay 30, 2009

BOSTON - APRIL 26: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees throws against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park April 26, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Both the Indians and the Yankees were hot coming into game one of a four game set at Cleveland, but New York was hotter.

The Yankees were able to make it happen Friday night at Progressive Field, beating the Indians 3-1.

Andy Pettitte threw five scoreless innings before being forced out of the game, with stiffness in his back, picking up his fifth win of the season.

Jorge Posada returned to the lineup for the Yanks Friday night, contributing two hits for New York.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth and picked up his ninth save in ten chances this season.

Indians starting pitcher Cliff Lee pitched into some jams tonight, but was able to work out of most of them. He worked six innings giving up three runs on nine hits.

Shin-Soo Choo had the Indians' only RBI of the night on a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning to score Mark DeRosa.

The win moved New York into first place in the AL East, while the Indians didn't lose any ground, remaining six and a half back of, first place, Detroit in the AL Central standings.

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The Yankees also snapped the Indians' four-game winning streak, their longest of the season.