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Harrison's heroics help Pirates earn DH split with Yankees

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NEW YORK -- Diving through the air, fully outstretched, Josh Harrison might have been the only one in the ballpark who knew he was going to make that incredible catch in the eighth inning.

And boy, it felt good when ball met leather -- even better than watching his tiebreaking home run soar over the left field wall an inning earlier.

After a late-game switch from third base to left field, Harrison laid out to grab Yangervis Solarte's line drive Sunday, helping to preserve the Pittsburgh Pirates' against doubleheader split.

"Home runs are great, but any time you can make a play in the field and help out the pitcher it feels good," Harrison said. "I knew once I left my feet it was in there."

Mark Teixeira had a two-run single and Brett Gardner added an RBI double as New York beat Pittsburgh 4-3 in the opener of the first single-admission twinbill at Yankee Stadium since 2004.

The Pirates had lost all eight games at Yankee Stadium in interleague play. They last beat New York on the road in Game 5 of the 1960 World Series.

"It's just another win," said Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole, who grew up a Yankees fan. "We need as many as we can, and the other stuff doesn't matter."

Cole (4-3), who turned down the Yankees when they drafted him in 2008 to go to UCLA, struck out eight in six sharp innings to help the Pirates snap a three-game skid.

Starling Marte hit a two-run homer off Vidal Nuno in the sixth inning of the second game after striking out four times in the opener. Marte, though, left with left hamstring tightness in the seventh inning. Neil Walker and Tony Sanchez homered for Pittsburgh in the opener.

"I'll be good for the next game," Marte said.

Harrison, who ran into the third out of the fifth inning before a run could cross the plate, switched from third base to left field in place of Marte. Then in the eighth, with pinch-hitter Derek Jeter on first following a single, Solarte hit a sharp liner to left. Harrison raced to his right and caught it with a fully extended dive toward the line.

"Harrison was a big reason they won the second game today. His defense, his offense really hurt us today. Sol put a great at-bat as well and hit a rocket," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You don't see guys lay out 320 feet away very often, but he did."

Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart had two RBIs for the Pirates. Fill-in closer Mark Melancon, who broke into the big leagues with New York, pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Solarte homered in the sixth to tie it 3-all and singled for the Yankees, who had won four straight.

The teams looked as if they lost focus during the 38-minute break between games, coming out for Game 2 in front of a fraction of the 46,858 who attended the opener and making four quick errors. The second game was scheduled as a makeup for Friday night's rainout.

Gardner was picked off third base in the first inning, a warmup for a sloppy second in which both clubs appeared to forget the fundamentals.

Solarte made a throwing error, then Brian Roberts dropped a throw from Solarte on a force attempt to put runners at the corners. Stewart had an RBI single but Jose Tabata slowed coming around second with a leg injury and was tagged out trotting into third to end the inning.

The Pirates were worse in the bottom half, allowing New York to score twice with two outs. Travis Snider let John Ryan Murphy's single skitter through his legs in right field for a run. Snider had replaced Tabata in right field to start the inning. The Pirates said Tabata had tightness in his right hamstring.

Brendan Ryan laid down a perfect squeeze to make it 2-1 and went to second on Cole's throwing error. Gardner walked and Cole balked the runners to second and third, but Roberts popped out to second base.

Harrison doubled to left with two outs in the fifth but slipped about halfway to third base and was tagged out in a rundown before Snider could cross home plate.

"I tried to stay in it as long as I could," Harrison said.

Harrison redeemed himself in the seventh with a drive to left off Alfredo Aceves (0-2).

"He can surprise you," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said of Harrison, usually a bench player. "He does things with intent all the time."

Notes

Yankees RF Carlos Beltran had a second cortisone shot to try to ease the discomfort in his right elbow from a bone spur. He will get a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday. ... LHP CC Sabathia (right knee) will see a doctor Monday to make a plan. Girardi said Sabathia will be out longer than 15 days, for sure. ... The Pirates' streak of the leadoff batter reaching in eight straight games ended when Snider struck out looking.

 
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John Ryan Murphy can't come up with the ball, which allows Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer to score an insurance run in the ninth.  (USATSI)
John Ryan Murphy can't come up with the ball, which allows Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer to score an insurance run in the ninth. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Pittsburgh

S. Marte
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

Y. Solarte
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Pittsburgh Pirates
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Josh Harrison, 3B-LF5121012 .304
Neil Walker, 2B4000010 .259
Andrew McCutchen, CF3110100 .301
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000002 .259
Starling Marte, LF3212000 .264
   Pedro Alvarez, 3B1000000 .209
Jordy Mercer, SS4120001 .220
Jose Tabata, RF1000000 .262
   Travis Snider, RF2010001 .215
Tony Sanchez, DH3000023 .271
   a-Ike Davis, PH-DH0000100 .250
Chris Stewart, C3012021 .243
Gerrit Cole, P0000000 .294
   Bryan Morris, P0000000 .000
   Tony Watson, P0000000 .000
   Mark Melancon, P0000000 .000
Totals3358526  
a-was walked intentionally for T. Sanchez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Josh Harrison (4, Nuno), Jordy Mercer (7, Thornton)
HR - Josh Harrison (2, Aceves), Starling Marte (4, Nuno)
SF - Chris Stewart (1)
SH - Travis Snider (1)
RBI - Josh Harrison (5), Starling Marte 2 (12), Chris Stewart 2 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Harrison (2), Starling Marte 2 (6), Chris Stewart (1)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - G. Sanchez-Harrison
E - Gerrit Cole (2, Throwing), Travis Snider (1, Misplayed grounder)
Pittsburgh Pirates
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gerrit Cole (W,4-3) 6733281 3.84
Bryan Morris (H,3) 0.2000000 3.18
Tony Watson (H,9) 1.1300020 1.33
Mark Melancon (S,6) 1000000 2.25
Pitches-Strikes - Gerrit Cole 99-66, Bryan Morris 4-4, Tony Watson 37-25, Mark Melancon 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Gerrit Cole 3-5, Bryan Morris 2-0, Mark Melancon 2-1
Batters Faced - Gerrit Cole 25, Bryan Morris 2, Tony Watson 7, Mark Melancon 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, CF4020110 .297
Brian Roberts, 2B4020003 .250
Mark Teixeira, DH3000103 .265
Kelly Johnson, 1B3000021 .208
   a-Derek Jeter, PH-SS1010000 .266
Yangervis Solarte, 3B4221001 .313
Zoilo Almonte, LF3000021 .200
   b-Alfonso Soriano, PH-RF1000011 .248
Ichiro Suzuki, RF-LF4010032 .356
John Ryan Murphy, C3110001 .400
   c-Jacoby Ellsbury, PH1000000 .276
Brendan Ryan, SS-1B3011011 .600
   d-Brian McCann, PH1000000 .225
Vidal Nuno, P0000000 .000
   Alfredo Aceves, P0000000 .000
   Matt Thornton, P0000000 .000
   Preston Claiborne, P0000000 .000
Totals353102210  
a-singled for Johnson in the 8th
b-struck out for Almonte in the 8th
c-grounded out for Murphy in the 9th
d-flied out for Ryan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brian Roberts (5, Watson)
3B - Brett Gardner (2, Cole)
HR - Yangervis Solarte (5, Cole)
RBI - Yangervis Solarte (24), Brendan Ryan (1)
2-OUT RBI - Brendan Ryan (1)
PK - Brett Gardner (1, Cole)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Zoilo Almonte 1, Ichiro Suzuki 1
E - Brian Roberts (4, Missed catch of throw), Yangervis Solarte (4, Throwing)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Vidal Nuno 6632151 5.82
Alfredo Aceves (L,0-2) 1.2111011 6.35
Matt Thornton 0.2111000 5.87
Preston Claiborne 0.2000100 2.19
IBB - Davis by Preston Claiborne
Pitches-Strikes - Vidal Nuno 81-53, Alfredo Aceves 22-16, Matt Thornton 11-6, Preston Claiborne 22-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vidal Nuno 9-4, Matt Thornton 1-1, Preston Claiborne 1-1
Batters Faced - Vidal Nuno 25, Alfredo Aceves 6, Matt Thornton 3, Preston Claiborne 3
Game Information
Attendance - 46858
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - James Hoye, First Base - John Tumpane, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Marcus Pattillo