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Ellsbury, Phelps lead Yankees to victory over Reds

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NEW YORK -- Jacoby Ellsbury hit a two-run homer, and David Phelps pitched the Yankees to a fast start in the second half, leading New York to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Brian McCann and Carlos Beltran had two-out RBIs for the Yankees, who began a 10-game homestand by winning the opener of an interleague series against a National League contender. New York, with a major league-high 40 home games after the All-Star break, improved to 19-23 at Yankee Stadium.

Dellin Betances struck out three in 1 2-3 perfect innings, and David Robertson got three outs for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Phelps (4-4) gave up three runs -- two earned -- and six hits in 6 1-3 innings against a lineup missing injured thumpers Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. The right-hander struck out seven and walked one for his first win since June 19 against Toronto, which preceded four straight no-decisions.

It was the kind of performance New York needs from the unheralded fill-ins in its injury-ravaged rotation. Before the game, general manager Brian Cashman announced that left-hander CC Sabathia is scheduled for surgery on his right knee Wednesday -- ending any hope of him returning this year.

Brayan Pena, subbing for Votto at first base, homered twice for the Reds. Mike Leake (7-8) allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings.

With the score tied 2-all, Derek Jeter singled to start the fifth, and Ellsbury lined a 1-1 pitch to the short porch in right field for his seventh home run.

Brett Gardner was hit on the left foot by Leake's third pitch. Shaken up a bit, he was checked by manager Joe Girardi and a trainer before remaining in the game.

Gardner stole second and scored on McCann's two-out double.

Jeter's leadoff single in the third deflected off third baseman Todd Frazier. Ellsbury also singled before Beltran, just activated from the seven-day concussion list, came through with a two-out single.

Pena connected off Phelps to start the third and seventh for his first career multihomer game.

Cincinnati tied it at 2 in the fourth, capitalizing on errors by Brian Roberts at second base and Jeter at shortstop. Devin Mesoraco had an RBI grounder, but Phelps prevented further damage.

NOTES: Cincinnati will start All-Star pitchers in the final two games of the series. RHP Alfredo Simon (12-3, 2.70 ERA) goes Saturday, when RHP Brandon McCarthy makes his home debut for the Yankees. RHP Johnny Cueto (10-6, 2.13) faces New York RHP Hiroki Kuroda (6-6, 4.10) on Sunday. ... Votto is eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, but there is no timetable for his return from a strained muscle above his left knee. ... Skip Schumaker hopes to return from a concussion this weekend. ... Jeter made his 2,610th career start at shortstop, passing Omar Vizquel for the most in major league history. ... The Yankees announced they will honor Jeter during a ceremony before their Sept. 7 home game against Kansas City. Jeter is retiring after this season. ... Beltran also beat the shift with a check-swing double down the third-base line. ... It was the 15th anniversary of David Cone's perfect game at Yankee Stadium.

 
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Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run homer for the Yankees, who begin their 10-game homestand with a victory. (USATSI)
Jacoby Ellsbury hits a two-run homer for the Yankees, who begin their 10-game homestand with a victory. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
New York

J. Ellsbury
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Cincinnati

B. Pena
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 2
 

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Cincinnati Reds
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Billy Hamilton, CF4000022.282
Zack Cozart, SS4120021.236
Todd Frazier, 3B4000022.287
Jay Bruce, RF3000110.227
Devin Mesoraco, C4001000.299
Ryan Ludwick, DH4000022.265
Brayan Pena, 1B4222002.255
Chris Heisey, LF4020000.242
Ramon Santiago, 2B4010012.262
Mike Leake, P0000000.119
   Sam LeCure, P0000000.000
Totals35373110  
Batting
HR - Brayan Pena 2 (5, Phelps)
RBI - Devin Mesoraco (46), Brayan Pena 2 (19)
CS - Jay Bruce (2, 2nd base by Phelps/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Cincinnati Reds
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mike Leake (L,7-8) 7844251 3.63
Sam LeCure 1000010 3.38
HBP - Gardner (by Mike Leake)
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Leake 110-68, Sam LeCure 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Leake 9-7, Sam LeCure 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Leake 32, Sam LeCure 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Brett Gardner, LF2100101.277
Derek Jeter, SS4220012.275
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4122011.284
Mark Teixeira, 1B3000112.239
Brian McCann, C4011012.239
Carlos Beltran, DH4021002.220
Ichiro Suzuki, RF4000003.291
Brian Roberts, 2B4000020.238
Kelly Johnson, 3B3010000.216
   Zelous Wheeler, 3B0000000.263
David Phelps, P0000000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000
   David Robertson, P0000000.000
Totals3248426  
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (11, Leake), Carlos Beltran (17, Leake)
HR - Jacoby Ellsbury (7, Leake)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (44), Brian McCann (40), Carlos Beltran (29)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (19), Carlos Beltran (13)
SB - Brett Gardner (16, 2nd base off Leake/Mesoraco), Jacoby Ellsbury (25, 3rd base off Leake/Mesoraco), Carlos Beltran (2, 2nd base off Leake/Mesoraco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Dellin Betances (1, Throwing), Derek Jeter (7, Misplayed grounder), Brian Roberts (8, Misplayed grounder)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Phelps (W,4-4) 6.1632172 3.87
Dellin Betances (H,13) 1.2000030 1.42
David Robertson (S,24) 1100000 2.67
Pitches-Strikes - David Phelps 98-65, Dellin Betances 24-15, David Robertson 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Phelps 7-6, David Robertson 1-2
Batters Faced - David Phelps 27, Dellin Betances 5, David Robertson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 47372
Game Time - 2:36
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Angel Hernandez, Third Base - Adrian Johnson