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Yankees rally to beat Dodgers off shaky Broxton

Associated Press: New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada scores on Chad Huffman’s two-run single during the ninth inning of the Yankees 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings Sunday.
Associated Press: New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada scores on Chad Huffman’s two-run single during the ninth inning of the Yankees 8-6 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in 10 innings Sunday. AP

LOS ANGELES — Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning after the Yankees rallied with four runs in the ninth off Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton and New York beat Los Angeles 8-6 on Sunday night in a stunning ending to manager Joe Torre’s first series against his old team.

Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a single off Ramon Troncoso (1-2) and Alex Rodriguez grounded into a force play. Torre brought in left-hander George Sherrill, whose second pitch was driven into the left-field pavilion by Cano for his 15th homer.

Mariano Rivera (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the victory.

The American League East-leading Yankees took two of three from the Dodgers, the opposite result of when the teams last met in the 2004 regular season at Dodger Stadium. The Yankees won Friday’s opener 2-1, then lost 9-4 on Saturday, giving Torre his first victory against the team he managed to four World Series titles before leaving in 2007.

Broxton entered the game in a non-save situation with a 6-2 lead, but faced nine batters and threw 48 pitches. He began the inning by striking out Teixeira, but the next five Yankees reached base.

Cano hit an RBI double and Chad Huffman had a two-run single with the bases loaded to bring New York within a run. Colin Curtis followed with a grounder to first and James Loney stepped on the bag before firing home too late to get Curtis Granderson with the tying run.

Reed Johnson had three hits and Ronnie Belliard hit a solo homer in the fourth for Los Angeles.

The Dodgers capitalized on two botched bunt plays by Andy Pettitte in the third, when they batted around. They bunted three consecutive times and Pettitte made errant throws on two of them.

Johnson doubled to lead off before Pettitte misplayed Clayton Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt. The veteran pitcher’s throw to third got past Rodriguez, allowing Johnson to score the Dodgers’ first run.

Rafael Furcal reached on a bunt single and Belliard laid down another bunt that Pettitte fielded with a quick glance at third, and then made a throw to first that went into the runner and got past second baseman Cano, who was covering at first.Kershaw scored on the play and Andre Ethier’s sacrifice fly made it 3-0.

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