NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees will head into the final months of the season with what they have, faltering pitchers, injured starters and all.
After Masahiro Tanaka failed to hold a two-run lead in a 7-5, rain-interrupted win over Arizona on Wednesday in what became Zack Greinke’s final start for the Diamondbacks, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged he had failed to find additional pitching at a reasonable price before the trade deadline passed.
“It wasn’t for a lack of effort,” he said. “We engaged with all teams. Some players, obviously, we didn’t match up for. Other circumstances, those players weren’t really available even though they were widely talked about in the public setting.”
New York is 68-39 and started Wednesday night with an eight-game lead over second-place Tampa Bay in the AL East after Austin Romine’s go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh helped gain a two-game series split.
Romine’s homer brought a spark to the Bronx on a gray, rainy day that started with slugger Luke Voit going on the injured list with a sports hernia that could require surgery. New York had lost four of five, and its only deadline move was to acquire Class A left-hander Alfredo Garcia from Colorado for reliever Joseph Harvey.
Greinke allowed a two-run homer to Mike Tauchman in the second inning but settled after that, pitching two-run ball over five innings. He got slick when rain began coming down in the fifth, throwing a 64 mph eephus curveball to Aaron Judge before striking him out with a 92 mph slider. A 36-minute rain delay followed, and that was Greinke’s last batter faced for the Diamondbacks.
Tanaka made his first start since allowing 12 runs in 3 1/3 innings against Boston last Thursday. He said he would tweak the grip on his splitfinger fastball, and that pitch was more effective against Arizona. The rest of his repertoire fell flat, though, and he was charged with three runs in four-plus innings.
Judge struck out three times in three plate appearances against Greinke and was 1 for 25 before an eighth-inning single off Hirano. That started a three-run inning for the Yankees that included Gleyber Torres’ RBI double and Cameron Maybin’s run-scoring single.
Tim Locastro hit his first major league homer leading off the ninth against Nestor Cortes Jr. and David Peralta had an RBI double off Aroldis Chapman, who got All-Star Ketel Marte to ground into a game-ending forceout with two on, earning his 27th save in 32 chances.
Adam Ottavino (4-3) pitched a scoreless inning.
Reds 4, Pirates 1
CINCINNATI (AP) — Clint Hurdle and David Bell had little interaction while exchanging lineup cards one day after their teams fought on the field. Luis Castillo made sure there wouldn’t be much to talk about in the game that followed.
Castillo pitched into the eighth inning Wednesday, leading Cincinnati to a 4-1 victory over Pittsburgh. Both teams were on good behavior while their front offices wrapped up trades as the deadline approached.
The Pirates couldn’t muster much against Castillo (10-4), who recovered from his worst start of the season. The All-Star allowed a career-high six runs in a 12-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday.
Castillo gave up six hits and a run. Raisel Iglesias retired the side in the ninth for his 20th save in 23 chances.
Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suárez homered off rookie Dario Agrazal (2-2), who lasted only 3 2/3 innings. Agrazal hit Tucker Barnhart on the foot with a breaking ball, and got Winker on the arm with a fastball , drawing boos from the crowd of 20,886. The umpires huddled after Winker was hit, but didn’t eject Agrazal.