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 timely hits."
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 something right."
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