Yankees Overcome Bad Hand, Even Series

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ATLANTA: Wade Boggs drew a bases-loaded walk in the top half of the tenth inning and John Wetteland recorded the final two outs as the New York Yankees scraped out a 8-6 victory, evening the series at two. Things began poorly for New York. Starter Kenny Rogers folded 'em in just the third inning, and the Yankees, stymied early by Braves pitcher Denny Neagle, found themselves trailing 6-0 after five. But the Yankees got three in the sixth, and reserve catcher Jim Leyritz tied it in the eighth with a three-run homer off Braves closer Mark Wohlers. And with two outs in the tenth, Steve Avery intentionally walked Bernie Williams to bring Boggs, pinch-hitting, to the plate. Charlie Hayes forced another run across on a Ryan Klesko error. The road win was New York's seventh straight. Perhaps George Steinbrenner has traded Kenny Rogers' soul to some baseball god. The $20M man has started three post-season games, all crucial and on the road--and been bounced unceremoniously from each. The Yankees' record in those games? 3-0. -- Frank Pellegrini