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Granderson, Gardner Lead Yankees Over Cubs 4-3

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New York Yankees' Russell Martin, right, is safe at second as Chicago Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt applies a late tag during the third inning of an interleague baseball game, Saturday, June 18, 2011,in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

New York Yankees’ Russell Martin, right, is safe at second as Chicago Cubs second baseman Blake DeWitt applies a late tag during the third inning of an interleague baseball game, Saturday, June 18, 2011,in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

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CHICAGO (AP) – Curtis Granderson hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the sixth inning and Brett Gardner made a terrific play in the outfield to lead the New York Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Granderson, who was born in nearby Blue Island, also had two hits and a walk as the Yankees won for the seventh time in nine games, bouncing back from a 3-1 loss in the opener of their first series at Wrigley Field in eight years.

Granderson’s fly ball to deep right put New York ahead 3-2, but the Yankees almost blew it with shoddy fielding behind A.J. Burnett (7-5), who struck out eight in 5 1-3 innings.

Cubs starter Ryan Dempster (5-6) was in trouble throughout the game, setting season highs with six walks and 119 pitches. The right-hander allowed three runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings.

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