Game 53. Yanks win in 11, 5-3.

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Baseball is a funny game. You never know what you may get in a given day. On one day, the Yanks can knock out of the box one of the best pitchers in the majors. On the next, they can struggle against a pitcher making his MLB debut.

In that same game, players who have been struggling all year can also turn out to be heroes. It’s a new day. Such was the case in the Yanks’ 5-3, 11-inning win on Tuesday evening over Seattle. The win puts the Yanks at 28-25 and maintains a one-game lead in the AL East.

The Yanks scored a run in the third on a Mark Teixeira double. This occurred shortly after Seattle’s catcher and manager were both ejected after an A-Rod walk. A-Rod stayed at 2987 career hits since he was hitless in the game.

CC Sabathia, who has been struggling most of this year, turned in a decent performance, going 5 2/3 and giving up just two runs. One run happened when David Carpenter, also struggling, gave up a go-ahead double with two out and two on in the sixth.

But heading into the top of the ninth, the Yanks were down 2-1. Down to their last out, and with Chase Headley on first via a walk, Brian McCann singled and the struggling Stephen Drew doubled to tie up the game.

Redemption is a sweet thing, especially when it’s been a tough year. Maybe a game like this will get them going.

In the top of the 11th, Garrett Jones hit a 3-run HR, just his second HR of the season, to put the Yanks up 5-2. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the bottom of the 11th, but struck out Nelson Cruz (who was the winning win) with two on to end the game.

Sabathia 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 9 H, 2 walks and 6 K. 5.45
Carpenter 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K. 4.42
Shreve 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 2.38
Lindgren 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 2 K. 4.15
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 0.00
Wilson (W, 2-0, 4.58) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 0 K.
Miller (16th save) 1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 0 walks and 2 K.  1.16

The Yanks have an afternoon game on getaway day. They play the Mariners at 3:40 PM Eastern Time. Masahiro Tanaka comes off the DL to start.

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