MLB Game Summary - Cincinnati at NY Yankees|
(Friday, July 18)
Final Score: NY Yankees 4, Cincinnati 3
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Fresh off his All-Star Game coronation, Derek
Jeter came through with two hits and a pair of runs scored to help the New
York Yankees to a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
Jeter's second hit of the game preceded a two-run homer by Jacoby Ellsbury
that snapped a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning, while Dellin Betances and David
Robertson protected a one-run lead with a combined 2 2/3 scoreless innings as
the Yankees stopped a five-game home losing streak.
Ellsbury and Carlos Beltran, playing for the first time since July 6, also
finished with two hits, with Beltran adding an RBI single.
David Phelps (4-4) did his part for New York on the mound, striking out seven
while permitting three runs -- two earned -- over 6 1/3 innings before
Betances and Robertson closed it out.
Phelps was reached for two solo homers from Brayan Pena, with Zack Cozart
going 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Reds. Mike Leake (7-8) worked seven
innings in the loss, allowing all four runs on eight hits.
"I thought we swung the bats pretty well tonight off of a guy we don't have a
lot of history off of," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "Got some real
Jeter, making an MLB-record 2,610th career start at shortstop, did commit an
error that enabled the Reds to tie the score in the fourth inning. The Yankee
captain atoned for the miscue in his next at-bat, with Ellsbury following the
fifth-inning single with a liner into the right-field seats that staked New
York to a 4-2 lead.
Phelps kept it a two-run game by tossing a 1-2-3 sixth, but served up Pena's
second homer of the night to open the seventh. The Reds put the tying run in
scoring position soon after when Chris Heisey singled and took second on
Betances' errant pickoff attempt, but the All-Star reliever retired the next
two hitters to prevent further damage.
Cincinnati managed just one hit the rest of the way, however, with Robertson
throwing a scoreless ninth to notch his 24th save of the year.
Leake began his outing by hitting Brett Gardner with a pitch and later issued
a two-out walk to Mark Teixeira, which set up Brian McCann's double into the
gap in right center that brought in the game's first run.
"It was still a decent outing," said Leake. "Any time you go seven, you did
Pena pulled the Reds even by drilling Phelps' first pitch of the third over
the right-field wall, but the Yankees answered in the bottom of the frame.
Singles by Jeter and Ellsbury put two aboard for Beltran, who ripped a two-out
hit up the middle to again give New York the upper hand.
Cincinnati quickly knotted the score, though, by taking advantage of a pair of
Yankee errors in the fourth. Brian Roberts bobbled a Jeff Frazier grounder
after a Cozart single, and Jeter mishandled Devin Mesoraco's bouncer shortly
thereafter as Cozart cross the plate to tie the game at 2-2.
Jeter broke a tie he shared with Omar Vizquel for the most starts at shortstop
in major league history ... Pena's two-homer game was the first of his career
... Phelps is now unbeaten in his last seven starts, going 3-0 with four no-
decisions ... Beltran had missed New York's last seven games prior to the All-
Star break with a broken nose and a sore right knee ... Leake lost for the
first time (2-1) in seven career interleague road starts ... The Yankees are
6-7 all-time versus Cincinnati in interleague play, the only MLB team they own
a losing record against.
07/19 01:48:53 ET