NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez singled twice to raise his career hits total to 2,997, Michael Pineda carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before allowing Christian Yelich’s home run, and the New York Yankees beat the Miami Marlins 2-1 Wednesday night.READ MORE: Sunshine Saturday, Heating Up Before The Cold Front
On a night when Yankees manager Joe Girardi was spared having to decide whether to lift Pineda with a high pitch count and New York benefited from an overturned call at home plate that prevented the tying run in the eighth inning, A-Rod closed in on becoming the 29th player to reach the 3,000 mark.
Rodriguez lined an RBI single to center in the first inning, singled softly to center in the fifth, walked twice to reach in all four plate appearances and also was thrown out at home plate. With New York starting an eight-game homestand, he has a good chance to get No. 3,000 at home.
The 39-year-old, back this year following a season-long drug suspension, was not in the starting lineup the previous two nights in Miami because there is no designated hitter in the NL ballpark.
The overturned call helped New York win for only the second time in seven games. Plate umpire Dale Scott ruled Adeiny Hechavarria slid home ahead of first baseman Garrett Jones’ throw on Dee Gordon’s eighth-inning grounder, but a video review concluded catcher Brian McCann tagged Hechavarria’s left knee before his foot touched home.
Pineda (8-3) was back on regular rest and regained his electric slider. After the Yankees skipped his turn in an effort to limit his innings, the 26-year-old right-hander had allowed six runs in an 11-3 loss at Baltimore on 10 days’ rest.
He retired his first 11 batters against the Marlins, then walked Yelich with two outs in the fourth and Justin Bour with one out in the fifth.
Pineda needed 43 pitches to retire his first nine batters, then threw 20 pitches in the fourth inning and 19 in the fifth, raising his count to 82. He threw 12 pitches in the sixth and then allowed Yelich to send a 91 mph offering into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center leading off the seventh — Miami’s first ball out of the infield.
Pineda retired the next two batters, then was replaced by Chasen Shreve following his 100th pitch. Pineda struck out nine.
Dellin Betances relieved Justin Wilson with runners at the corners and one out in the eighth and finished the three-hitter for his fourth save. With two on and two outs in the ninth, Jeff Mathis struck out.
Miami rookie Jose Urena (1-3), trying to impress enough to stay in the rotation with Jose Fernandez and Jarred Cosart set to return from the disabled list, gave up two runs and six hits in six innings.READ MORE: Attorney: School Gunman Nikolas Cruz To Plead Guilty To Massacre; Parkland Families React
Carlos Beltran hit an RBI single in the fifth. Rodriguez was thrown out at the plate by center fielder Marcell Ozuna when he tried to score from second.
After a two-game series in Miami, New York landed at about 2:30 a.m. This marked the first time all 30 teams had the same opponent on consecutive days with the home club reversed, according to STATS.
Miami was playing in new Yankee Stadium for the first time, leaving St. Louis and San Diego as the only teams that have not appeared in the ballpark, which opened in 2009.
Bour made a diving backhand play at first to rob Jones of a two-run hit in the seventh.
Marlins: Fernandez, targeting a July 2 return from Tommy John surgery, allowed one run and four hits in 4 2-3 innings for Class A Jupiter. He struck out 10, walked one and allowed a homer. … Cosart, who hasn’t pitched for the Marlins since May 13 because of vertigo, threw 106 pitches over 5 1-3 innings for Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday night and could be back with the big league club this weekend. … Michael Morse, sidelined since May 23 by a sprained right ring finger, started a rehab assignment with Double-A Jacksonville. He played first base and was 0 for 5 with three strikeouts. … Martin Prado, who hurt his right shoulder Sunday, did not make the trip to New York.
Yankees: Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who has made three starts since returning from the disabled list, will start Sunday against Detroit on five days’ rest. Adam Warren will start Friday’s series opener, and the Yankees have not said who will start Saturday. Nathan Eovaldi, knocked out in the first inning Tuesday, and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s Bryan Mitchell appear to be the candidates. … Ivan Nova, returning from Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to start for Scranton on Friday in what could be his final rehab outing.
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