(Saturday, July 4)
NEW YORK YANKEES
Bronx, NY (SportsNetwork.com) – A night after Brian McCann’s extra-innings walkoff home run topped the Tampa Bay Rays, the New York Yankees had a less conventional 3-2 win in their last at-bat on Saturday. After Dellin Betances blew a 2-0 lead in the top of the ninth, Brad Boxberger (4-4) failed to record an out in the bottom half. With two runners on, Ramon Flores laid down a sacrifice bunt. Tampa second baseman Jake Elmore could not scoop Boxberger’s throw at first base, and Jose Pirela scrambled home from second base to score the winning run. Betances (4-2) allowed his first home run of the season to Steven Souza to tie the game. The Rays were dominated by starter Michael Pineda, who had to settle for a no-decision despite 10 strikeouts in seven-plus scoreless innings. Pineda outdueled Nate Karns, who struck out a career-high 10 batters and allowed just two runs in seven innings for the Rays, losers of seven in a row.
NEW YORK METS
Final Score: Los Angeles 4, New York 3
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) – Zack Greinke worked seven scoreless innings and Alberto Callaspo knocked in a pair of runs as Los Angeles held on to top New York by a 4-3 count on Saturday. Adrian Gonzalez homered and Jimmy Rollins also drove in a run for the Dodgers, who dropped a 2-1 decision in Friday’s series opener.Greinke (7-2) struck out four and allowed just four hits, but his bullpen almost wasted a four-run advantage. J.P. Howell recorded the final out to gain his first save. Wilmer Flores posted three hits and an RBI for the Mets, who scored more than two runs for the first time in nearly a week. Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares also drove in runs in the setback. Matt Harvey (7-6) walked five, struck out four and surrendered three runs on seven hits over his unsuccessful five-frame stint.