A.J. Burnett has been through the ups and downs enough this year not to make too much out of one start.

“It’s a matter of repeating it the next time out,” Burnett said after pitching relatively well and earning the victory tonight. “Your lows and your highs, you have to keep them the same, so we’re back to work [tomorrow].”

Still, the night was overwhelmingly positive for a pitcher who has been mostly a disaster since June 4 -- going 3-10 with a 6.86 ERA in 15 starts since then. 

His previous start before this one, Friday in Chicago, was one of his worst this season as he allowed eight earned runs in 3 1/3 innings.

“He came to me and said, that’s it, no more of these,” pitching coach Dave Eiland said after tonight's game. “I said, all right, let’s go to work then. He showed up the next day and we went to work. Not only on the physical part but on the mental part.”

Tonight was Burnett's first victory since July 28.

"It’s good, it helps," Burnett said of his confidence. 

But, he added:  "It’s good winning for the team. I’m not worried about what my numbers are. It’s what I can do to help the team. It feels good to get a W, but it’s a W that keeps us going. You’ve got Tampa right there with us, Boston right there with us. Every win is huge.”

*** Eiland said Andy Pettitte, if he feels good tomorrow after his intense bullpen session tonight, will throw a simulated game Saturday.

*** Tonight was the Yankees' fifth straight victory and they improved to a season-best 33 games over .500.

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*** Mark Teixeira (3-for-4, three RBI) is 8-for-10 with a walk and a HBP in 12 plate appearances this series.

Curtis Granderson went 2-for-4 and is 9-for-22 (.409) off lefthanders since Aug. 12.

And with that, the Yankees go for the four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon as it will be CC Sabathia (18-5) taking on the one and only Dallas Braden (9-9, 3.28).