Game 43. Yanks win 5th straight, 5-4.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Small bites. After a 9-17 start to the season, the Yanks inched closer to .500 (now 21-22) with a 5-4 win over Oakland on Sunday.

Michael Pineda gave up a run in the first, and the way his season has gone, it would be understandable to think, oh no, here we go again.

Brian McCann’s HR (6) tied the game in the second, and Jacoby Ellsbury’s HR (2) put the Yanks up 2-1 in the third.

Pineda gave up two in the fifth to put Oakland up 3-2 but the Yanks came back with two in the sixth.

With one out, Gardner and the red-hot Beltran singled. After McCann made out, Teixeira singled to tie the game. It was only the fourth RBI for Teix since April 13th, and he has no HR since then. The Yanks need to get him going. Castro singled in a run to make it 4-3 Yanks.

Pineda didn’t give up a run in the bottom of the sixth, and then you knew what was coming.

Betances, Miller and Chapman weren’t used in the past two games, and Monday is an off day.

The Yanks got an insurance run, which they would need, in the seventh, when Hicks singled, was bunted to second and scored on a Beltran double.

Two errors led to an unearned run for the A’s off Miller in the eighth, but that was it.

Yanks 5-4.

Pineda (w, 2-5, 6.34) 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 walks, 6 K.
Betances (H, 11) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 2 K. 2.21
Miller (H, 5) 1 IP, 1 R (UNEARNED), 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 0.96
Chapman (Save, 6) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks, 1 K. 1.29

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