Harrison helps Pirates to DH split with Yankees
NEW YORK (AP) Josh Harrison homered in the seventh inning to make up for a baserunning blunder and made a diving catch in left field to help preserve the Pittsburgh Pirates' first win in the Bronx in 54 years, 5-3 over the New York Yankees on Sunday for a doubleheader split.
Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off Vidal Nuno in the sixth inning of the second game after striking out four times in the opener. Marte, though, left with left hamstring tightness in the seventh inning. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez homered for Pittsburgh in the opener.
Harrison, who ran into the third out of the fifth inning before a run could cross the plate, switched from third base to left field to start the eighth. With pinch-hitter Derek Jeter on first following a single, Yangervis Solarte hit a sharp liner to left. Harrison raced to his right and caught it with a fully extended dive toward the line.
The Pirates had lost all eight games at Yankee Stadium in interleague play. They last beat New York on the road in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.
Solarte homered and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight.
Gerrit Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.
The teams looked as if they lost focus during the 38-minute break between games, coming out for Game 2 in front of a fraction of the 46,858 who attended the opener and making four quick errors. The second game was scheduled as a makeup for Friday night's rainout.
Gardner was picked off third base in the first inning, a warmup for a sloppy second in which both clubs appeared to forget the fundamentals.
Solarte started it off by making an errant throw to first after gloving a hot shot to third base by Marte. One out later, Brian Roberts dropped Solarte's throw to second for a force attempt, allowing Jose Tabata to reach and Marte to advance to third. With two outs, Stewart singled to right field for a run but Tabata slowed coming around second with a leg injury and was tagged out trotting into third to end the inning.
The Pirates were worse in the bottom half, allowing New York to score twice with two outs. With Solarte on first, John Ryan Murphy lined a single to right field that skittered through Travis Snider's legs for an error. Snider had replaced Tabata in right field to start the inning. The Pirates said Tabata had tightness in his right hamstring. Solarte scored and Murphy went to third base.
Brendan Ryan laid down a perfect squeeze to make it 2-1 and went to second on Cole's throwing error. Gardner walked and Cole balked the runners to second and third, but Roberts popped out to second base.
Harrison doubled to left with two outs in the fifth but slipped about halfway to third base and was tagged out in a rundown before Snider could cross home plate.
Marte, though, gave Pittsburgh a 3-2 lead in the sixth with a two-run shot off Nuno. Solarte tied it in the bottom half with a drive to the second tier of bleachers in right field off Cole.
Harrison redeemed himself in the seventh with a drive to left off Alfredo Aceves (0-2).
In the opener, Brian McCann had an RBI single in the first as New York scored all its runs in the first two innings on five hits off Charlie Morton (0-6). After Gardner's RBI double in the second, Morton allowed just one baserunner through seven innings.
Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) allowed three runs and five hits in six innings for his first win since April 12 against Boston.
David Robertson, the fourth Yankees reliever, got four outs for his eighth save.
NOTES: Yankees RF Carlos Beltran (right elbow) had a second cortisone shot to try to ease the discomfort in his right elbow from a bone spur. He will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi said Beltran had planned on getting the second opinion but Andrews wasn't available sooner. Girardi said Beltran is getting better. ... Girardi also acknowledged that LHP CC Sabathia might need surgery someday on his right knee because the condition is degenerative. Sabathia was returning from a visit to Andrews' office, where he had his knee drained and was given a cortisone shot. ... The Pirates' streak of the leadoff batter reaching in eight straight games ended when Snider struck out looking. ... The Pirates recalled RHP Brandon Cumpton from Triple-A Indianapolis as the 26th man for the doubleheader. The Yankees brought up RHP Jose Ramirez from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.