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Tanaka shuts down Giants as late error gives Yankees 3-2 win

Fresh off a series victory against the Baltimore Orioles, the Yankees welcomed the San Francisco Giants to town for a three game weekend series. Game one was a highly anticipated battle between the Aces Masahiro Tanaka and Madison Bumgarner. Tanaka was stellar across six innings before handing the ball off to 'No Run DMC,' who didn't quite live up to the name tonight despite hanging on for a 3-2 win.
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The Yankees struck first in the top of the first inning thanks to an RBI double by Starlin Castro, who had a very nice night at the plate, scoring Brett Gardner from first. Carlos Beltran then gave the Yankees their second run on a single left scoring Ronald Torreyes.

Masahiro Tanaka stifled the Giants lineup tonight as they were unable to score a run off him. Dellin Betances entered for the seventh inning and ran himself into trouble allowing an earned run on a wild pitch to bring the Giants within a run with a 2-1 score. In the eighth inning, Andrew Miller would allow the tying run on a double by Mac Williamson scoring Trevor Brown. Miller allowed three hits but bailed himself out with a big strikeout of Ramiro Pena to end the inning with the score knotted a two.

The Yankees rallied in the bottom of the eighth with a lead off single by Chase Headley followed by a walk to Mark Teixeira. Austin Romine then grounded to Brandon Crawford at shortstop who stepped on second for the force out before making an arid throw to first scoring Headley from second on the error. It was the type of break the Yankees have been looking for all season.

Aroldis Chapman came on for the ninth inning looking to convert his 20th save. Gregor Blanco led off the ninth with a double but Chapman was able to set the next three hitters down in order to give the Yankees a 3-2 win.

Winning pitcher: Andrew Miller (6-1, 1.49 ERA): 1.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K, BS
Losing pitcher: Josh Osich (1-2, 4.40 ERA): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB
Save: Aroldis Chapman (20)

Notables:
Masahiro Tanaka: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K
Starlin Castro: 3-4, 2B, RBI
Carlos Beltran: 2-2, RBI, 2 BB

Article by: Chad Raines
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