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Yankees set for rubber match versus Red Sox

(SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees need to start winning some series if they want to make a serious push toward the postseason. They have a chance to do just that on Thursday when they play the rubber match of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Yankee Stadium.

After a lifeless loss in Tuesday's opener, New York bounced back on Wednesday, as Brian McCann had four hits and three RBI and Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven strong innings to lead the Yankees to a 5-1 win.

McCann's four hits included a two-run homer that gave the Yankees all the runs they needed to snap a three-game losing streak, which included a 9-4 setback on Tuesday.

"He had a great night swinging the bat getting us that 2-0 lead," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of McCann. "Then being on base four times. He had a great night."

Kuroda (10-8) struck out eight, walked none and gave up four hits and a run, improving to 3-0 in his last four starts. Relievers Dellin Betances and David Robertson combined with Kuroda to strike out 12.

Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) went just 5 1/3, giving up six hits and two walks to suffer his first loss in four major-league starts.

"On a night where Kuroda actually just shut us down, the amount of runs were really insurmountable," said Boston manager John Farrell.

Getting the call for the Yankees on Thursday will be former Red Sox left- hander Chris Capuano, who is coming off his first win in New York. Capuano beat the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday, holding them to three runs (2 earned) and eight hits in 6 1/3 frames to run his overall record to 2-3 with a 4.24 ERA.

Capuano lost to the Red Sox in his second start after the July trade and is 0-2 lifetime against them with a 4.76 ERA.

Boston, meanwhile, will counter with righty Brandon Workman, who has lost his last seven starts and is 0-8 over his last eight appearances. He hasn't pitched since he was rocked for 10 hits and seven runs back on Aug. 23 by the Seattle Mariners.

"All I can do is keep working," said Workman, who is 1-8 on the year with a 4.93 ERA. "I feel like I'm in a good place. Hopefully I'll go out and throw the ball well tomorrow and break that streak and get out of the slump, or whatever you want to call it."

New York is 9-6 versus the Red Sox this season.

09/04 10:28:59 ET

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