Mariano Rivera blew another save against the Red Sox but the Yankees won anyway 4-3 when Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workman's wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning Sunday at the Stadium.

The Yanks who had lost three straight to the Red Sox salvaged the finale of a four-game series and insured that they would not lose any ground in the race for the second wild card.

Their winning rally started with one out in the final inning when Ichiro singled to center and stole second. He advanced to third on Vernon Wells' fly to right and scored when Workman threw too high with Alfonso Soriano at the plate.

In a move some might see as desperate Joe Girardi brought in Rivera to try for a six-out save and it looked like the smart play when Rivera tossed a scoreless eighth. But he gave up a game-tying homer in the ninth.

Boston's Will Middlebrooks led off the ninth with a home run off Rivera that dropped a couple rows deep into the right-field seats giving the Yanks' closer his seventh blown save of the season the most he's had since 2001 and two shy of his career worst set in 1997. Rivera has allowed six home runs this year.