NEW YORK -- Brian McCann will have all winter to figure out what went wrong in his first year with the New York Yankees. In the meantime, hes trying to help them make a late push to reach the playoffs. McCann homered among his career high-tying four hits and the Yankees bounced back to end a three-game losing streak, beating the Boston Red Sox 5-1 Wednesday night. "Its just good to contribute," he said. McCann homered a day earlier as the Yankees got battered by Boston, leaving them five games behind for the second AL wild-card spot. In the rematch with the last-place Red Sox, he drove in three runs and gave an early cushion to Hiroki Kuroda (10-8). McCann has mostly been a disappointment with the Yankees, stuck in a season-long slump. A seven-time All-Star for Atlanta, he signed a rich free-agent deal with New York but hasnt hit much, prompting manager Joe Girardi to note before the game, "I think he expected more from himself." "It took me longer to get going with the bat than normal," McCann agreed. "I havent tried to dissect it." McCann went 4 for 4 after opening the game hitting .237, 40 points below his career average. Then again, nobody has really hit much among these longtime rivals. They began the day as the two lowest-scoring teams in the AL, and no one in either starting lineup was batting over .285. Kuroda gave up one run and four hits in seven innings, striking out eight without a walk. He evened his mark at 78-78 in seven seasons for the Yankees and Dodgers. Anthony Ranaudo (3-1) lost for the first time in his four starts since making his big league debut. Boston kept up its weeklong pattern of alternating wins and losses. McCann connected for his 17th homer, a two-run shot in the second. The drive quieted Ranaudos sizable cheering section -- raised in central New Jersey, he beat the Yankees last month in his first game. "I was a little disappointed that we lost the game in general, that the team lost the game," Ranaudo said. "I wasnt really worried about my family or friends. Its great that they were here, that they support me and everything like that, but the team is definitely way more important." McCann got four hits for the 11th time in his career, capped by an RBI single in the seventh. Hes homered 15 times at home this year, and launched his latest shot to right field over the overshifted Boston defence. Lately, hes even tried to bunt to beat the stacked right side. "It looks like theres 12 guys out there," he said. A day after bad baserunning dearly cost the Yankees, they tried a double steal in the first. Instead, Derek Jeter and Brett Gardner ran right into a double play. Jeter was on second and Gardner was on first when they took off. Catcher Christian Vazquez targeted the trailing runner, trapping Gardner in a rundown. Second baseman Jemile Weeks suddenly zipped a throw across the diamond that caught Jeter straying off third, and third baseman Brock Holts toss nailed Gardner at second. The Red Sox werent so swift around the bags, either. Daniel Nava got picked off first by Kuroda, seeming incredibly nonchalant returning to the base. Moments earlier, Kuroda had looked back Nava without making a throw. TRAINERS ROOM Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia missed his fourth game in a row because of concussion-like symptoms. Manager John Farrell said Pedroia took early batting practice and passed an online test in his recovery. Farrell said he was "optimistic" Pedroia would play during Bostons upcoming homestand, which starts Friday night. Yankees: INF-OF Martin Prado has temporarily been shut down because of a mild strain of his left hamstring. He was hurt Tuesday night, and Girardi said "hopefully its just a day or two." UP NEXT Red Sox RHP Brandon Workman (1-8, 4.93 ERA) starts the series finale Thursday night against LHP Chris Capuano (2-3, 4.24). Capuano began the season with Boston and pitched 28 times in relief before being released. He later played in the minors for Colorado and joined the Yankees in late July. THREE OF A KIND Bostons 3-4-5 hitters -- David Ortiz, Yoenis Cespedes and Nava -- all began the game batting .263. The last time three teammates in a row had the same average this late in a season was Sept. 8, 2011, when Kansas Citys Alex Gordon, Melky Cabrera and Billy Butler each was hitting .300, STATS said. Cheap Air Max . Not only that, when Julian de Guzman first stepped on the pitch for Deportivo de la Coruna he became the very first Canadian to play in Spains top tier. Discount Air Max . -- A deflected pass that landed in DeSean Jacksons hands. https://www.airmaxchina.us/. -- Down to 10 men and behind on the scoreboard, Toronto FC displayed its perseverance. 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In sunny and almost windless conditions, the Swede shot four consecutive birdies on the front nine on his way to a 68 and went 9 under for a one-shot lead over Englands Lee Slattery and two over Paraguays Farbrizio Zanotti (68). Slattery carded a 6-under 66, which started with three birdies on the first four holes and was rounded off by an eagle on the par-5 16th. "I hit some really, really good shots today," said Lundberg, who won the Russian Open in 2008. "Starting early means the course was slightly softer. On the back nine it started to dry out and that it made it harder." Lundberg said he had been "working really hard the last couple of months so I am glad it pays off." Englands Adam Gee, who shared the overnight lead with Lundberg, hit a 73 and dropped to 4 under for the tournament, while Sihwan Kim of South Korea improved to 6 under with a 68. Defending championn Joost Luiten and Rhys Davies of Wales followed at 5 under.dddddddddddd Slattery missed the cut in his last four events but has regained his confidence at the event where he finished ninth last year. "We moved house, got married and had a baby so its been a really hectic six to nine months," Slattery said. "Its nice to find a little bit of form." Luiten, who finished the opening day on level par, put himself back in contention with a 5-under 67. Starting on the back nine where he dropped three strokes on Thursday, the Dutchman avoided bogeys this time and hit five birdies in total. "It was a bit easier as there was no wind today. My swing felt a bit better," Luiten said. "You have to be on the fairway, otherwise youre in trouble. Five under is a good score, I am definitely back in there." Home favourite and 2012 champion Bernd Wiesberger improved to 3 under with a 70 but Miguel Angel Jimenez, a two-time winner this season, dropped to 1-over par. 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