Pirates get to Sabathia early, top Yankees 6-3

PITTSBURGH (AP) CC Sabathia's left arm felt fine. The radar gun suggested otherwise. So did the results.

Josh Bell hit his second home run in as many games, and the Pittsburgh Pirates got to Sabathia early for a 6-3 win over the New York Yankees on Friday night.

Jordy Mercer turned an 86 mph fastball from Sabathia (2-1) into a solo shot leading off the bottom of the first. Bell, a switch hitter, followed an inning later by taking an 87 mph cutter and sending it to the left field bleachers for a two-run homer , his first from the right side in his brief career.

''You only feel the ball off the bat like that every once in a while,'' Bell said. ''To feel it like that off that caliber of a pitcher, especially one that's been on a run, is definitely cool.''

Jacoby Ellsbury had three of New York's 10 hits, but the Yankees couldn't overcome Sabathia's first shaky outing this season and an error on a dropped popup by second baseman Starlin Castro that led to a pair of unearned runs in the seventh. Sabathia gave up three earned runs in his first three starts, but the Pirates put up four runs against him their first time through the order.

The Yankees started their second trip of the season eager to build off an 8-1 homestand fueled by pitching and power. Neither showed up against the Pirates. Chase Headley's third-inning double was the only extra base hit for New York, which went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. The Yankees had the tying run at the plate in both the eighth and ninth innings but came up empty.

''The good thing is we're having opportunities,'' New York manager Joe Girardi said. ''We've got to take advantage of them.''

Juan Nicasio (1-2) pitched 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Tyler Glasnow faltered with two outs in the fifth. Tony Watson escaped a two-on, two-out jam in the ninth for his fifth save as Pittsburgh's offense - which managed all of three runs while getting swept in St. Louis earlier this week - sprang to life during a rare visit by the Yankees.

A dip in Sabathia's velocity helped. The 36-year-old regularly hit 92-93 mph on the gun during his first three starts. He wasn't nearly as sharp in his record 59th interleague start.

''Stuff was just a little short today,'' Sabathia said. ''Tried to battle and keep the team as close as possible.''

Sabathia managed to get through five innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, with two walks and two strikeouts as his ERA ticked up from 1.47 to 2.70.

FEELING ALL RIGHT

The Pirates will mix and match in right field for the time being with Andrew McCutchen now back in center field after All-Star Starling Marte was hit with an 80-game drug suspension on Tuesday. Jose Osuna started in right and picked up his first major league hit with a triple off Sabathia in the bottom of the second. Adam Frazier came on as a defensive replacement in the seventh and made a fine over-the-shoulder grab at the warning track to take a hit away from Starlin Castro.

GRINDING GLASNOW

Glasnow was on the cusp of being eligible for his first big league victory but couldn't get out of the fifth after second baseman Josh Harrison allowed two runs to score on a booted ground ball. Still, Glasnow gave up three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings. He walked two and struck out five while struggling with efficiency. Glasnow needed 102 pitches to get 14 outs.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Yankees: C Gary Sanchez will play catch from 90 feet on Saturday as he works his way back from a strained right triceps that's kept him out since April 8. Manager Joe Girardi said Sanchez needs to be able to throw 120 feet comfortably before thinking about a rehab assignment. ... SS Didi Gregorious went 2 for 3 and played six innings in a rehab start for Class A Tampa. Gregorious is out with a strained right (throwing) shoulder.

PAYING TRIBUTE: The Pirates honored former Steelers president and chairman Dan Rooney - who died last week at age 84 - with a pregame moment of silence. The team also painted the Steelers logo on the pitcher's mound and put an epitaph ono the dirt behind home plate. Rooney grew up and lived in Pittsburgh's North Side neighborhood, which is also home to PNC Park.

UP NEXT

Yankees: Michael Pineda (2-1, 3.44) looks for his third straight win on Saturday. Pineda has 23 strikeouts against just one walk this season.

Pirates: Jameson Taillon (1-0, 0.90) has been the bright spot on Pittsburgh's young starting staff. Taillon held the Cubs to one unearned run in seven innings in his last start.

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  • W: J. Nicasio (1-2)L: C. Sabathia (2-1)S: T. Watson (5)
  • HR: PIT - J. Mercer (1), J. Bell (2)
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  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Sabathia in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Holder in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Headley (4)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Osuna
  • HR - J. Mercer, J. Bell (2)
  • SH - T. Glasnow
  • RBI - J. Mercer (5), D. Freese 2 (7), J. Bell 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Ellsbury 2 (6), A. Hicks
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Torreyes, G. Bird, S. Castro
  • E - S. Castro (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Freese (3), J. Harrison, J. Osuna
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.07442322.701.80-1.5
A. Warren1.20201300.840.603.5
T. Layne0.00001004.500.00-1.0
J. Holder0.11000100.003.00-0.5
T. Clippard1.00000202.570.004.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.0
A. Warren1.2
T. Layne0.0
J. Holder0.1
T. Clippard1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Glasnow4.27312507.941.934.5
J. Nicasio (W, 1-2)1.10000202.570.0011.0
F. Rivero (H, 6)1.00000000.900.003.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.01000103.381.002.5
T. Watson (S, 5)1.02000001.292.008.0
PITCHERSIP
T. Glasnow4.2
J. Nicasio (W, 1-2)1.1
F. Rivero (H, 6)1.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.0
T. Watson (S, 5)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 77-49, A. Warren 37-22, T. Layne 6-2, J. Holder 6-4, T. Clippard 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-7, T. Clippard 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, A. Warren 7, T. Layne, J. Holder 2, T. Clippard 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 102-65, J. Nicasio 19-11, F. Rivero 15-8, D. Hudson 27-16, T. Watson 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-4, F. Rivero 1-2, D. Hudson 2-1, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 24, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 3, D. Hudson 5, T. Watson 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Castro 2B50200011.371.409.565.9741.5
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G. Bird 1B40000012.122.217.268.486-0.5
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  • a-singled for Torreyes in the 8th
  • b-struck out for Sabathia in the 6th
  • c-struck out for Holder in the 8th
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J. Mercer SS32111111.218.306.291.5977.5
J. Harrison 2B41200011.280.368.360.7282.5
A. McCutchen CF41100001.254.299.413.7112.0
G. Polanco LF20000222.239.327.304.6311.0
D. Freese 3B40220001.340.456.532.9884.0
F. Cervelli C40000024.212.281.404.685-1.0
J. Osuna 1B21100100.200.333.600.9335.0
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  • a-struck out for Hudson in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Headley (4)
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Osuna
  • HR - J. Mercer, J. Bell (2)
  • SH - T. Glasnow
  • RBI - J. Mercer (5), D. Freese 2 (7), J. Bell 2 (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - D. Freese
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Ellsbury 2 (6), A. Hicks
FIELDING
  • DP - R. Torreyes, G. Bird, S. Castro
  • E - S. Castro (2)
FIELDING
  • E - D. Freese (3), J. Harrison, J. Osuna
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.07442322.701.80-1.5
A. Warren1.20201300.840.603.5
T. Layne0.00001004.500.00-1.0
J. Holder0.11000100.003.00-0.5
T. Clippard1.00000202.570.004.0
Total8.0864492---
PITCHERSIP
C. Sabathia (L, 2-1)5.0
A. Warren1.2
T. Layne0.0
J. Holder0.1
T. Clippard1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
T. Glasnow4.27312507.941.934.5
J. Nicasio (W, 1-2)1.10000202.570.0011.0
F. Rivero (H, 6)1.00000000.900.003.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.01000103.381.002.5
T. Watson (S, 5)1.02000001.292.008.0
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PITCHERSIP
T. Glasnow4.2
J. Nicasio (W, 1-2)1.1
F. Rivero (H, 6)1.0
D. Hudson (H, 5)1.0
T. Watson (S, 5)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Sabathia 77-49, A. Warren 37-22, T. Layne 6-2, J. Holder 6-4, T. Clippard 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Sabathia 4-7, T. Clippard 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Sabathia 23, A. Warren 7, T. Layne, J. Holder 2, T. Clippard 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - T. Glasnow 102-65, J. Nicasio 19-11, F. Rivero 15-8, D. Hudson 27-16, T. Watson 16-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Glasnow 6-4, F. Rivero 1-2, D. Hudson 2-1, T. Watson 2-1
  • Batters Faced - T. Glasnow 24, J. Nicasio 4, F. Rivero 3, D. Hudson 5, T. Watson 5
  • 7TH INNING
    Freese singled to center, McCutchen scored, Polanco to second36
    McCutchen safe at first on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error, Mercer scored, McCutchen to second35
  • 5TH INNING
    Bird safe at first on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error, Ellsbury and Judge scored34
  • 3RD INNING
    Headley doubled to deep right, Gardner scored on 1st baseman Osuna fielding error14
  • 2ND INNING
    Bell homered to left, Osuna scored04
  • 1ST INNING
    Freese reached on an infield single to shortstop, Harrison scored, McCutchen to second02
    Mercer homered to center01
  • 9TH INNING
    • T. Watson Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded bunt out to pitcher
    • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Headley flied out to center
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Castro reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ellsbury singled to left center, Castro to second
    • A. Judge: Ball, Judge grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Ellsbury out at second
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • D. Hudson Pitching:
    • A. Judge: Strike looking, Judge lined out to third
    • G. Bird: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bird grounded out to second
    • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Romine safe at first on 3rd baseman Freese fielding error
    • A. Hicks: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks singled to shallow right, Romine to third
    • M. Holliday: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Hicks stole second, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Holliday struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • T. Clippard Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Strike looking, Frazier grounded out to pitcher
    • A. Hanson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Hanson struck out swinging
    • J. Jaso: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Jaso struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • F. Rivero Pitching:
    • C. Headley: Ball, Ball, Headley grounded out to third
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro lined out to right
    • J. Ellsbury: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ellsbury lined out to center
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Warren Pitching:
    • J. Jaso: Jaso flied out to deep right
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Mercer walked
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Harrison struck out looking
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCutchen safe at first on 2nd baseman Castro fielding error, Mercer scored, McCutchen to second
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Polanco walked
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese singled to center, McCutchen scored, Polanco to second
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Nicasio Pitching:
    • R. Torreyes: Ball, Torreyes lined out to center
    • C. Carter: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Carter struck out swinging
    • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gardner flied out to right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Warren Pitching:
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cervelli struck out looking
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Osuna popped out to shortstop
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Headley flied out to left
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Ellsbury: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ellsbury singled to center
    • A. Judge: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Judge singled to center, Ellsbury to second
    • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Bird safe at first on 2nd baseman Harrison fielding error, Ellsbury and Judge scored
    • A. Romine: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • J. Harrison: Ball, Strike looking, Harrison flied out to shallow right
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, McCutchen flied out to deep right
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Polanco walked
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • A. Romine: Foul, Ball, Foul, Romine singled to shallow left
    • R. Torreyes: Pickoff attempt, Torreyes flied out to right
    • C. Sabathia: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sabathia struck out swinging
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Osuna walked
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Bell lined out to left
    • T. Glasnow: Foul, Glasnow hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Osuna to second
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Mercer struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner walked
    • C. Headley: Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Headley doubled to deep right, Gardner scored on 1st baseman Osuna fielding error
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Castro grounded out to third, Headley to third
    • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ellsbury walked
    • A. Judge: Ball, Ellsbury stole second, Foul, Judge reached on fielder's choice to third, Headley out at home
    • G. Bird: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bird struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Ball, Freese grounded out to second
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Cervelli lined out to left
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • G. Bird: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Bird flied out to center
    • A. Romine: Strike looking, Romine grounded out to pitcher
    • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Torreyes reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Sabathia: Foul, Sabathia popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • J. Osuna: Strike looking, Osuna tripled to deep right center
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike looking, Bell homered to left, Osuna scored
    • T. Glasnow: Strike looking, Glasnow grounded out to first
    • J. Mercer: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mercer flied out to center
    • J. Harrison: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Harrison singled to center
    • A. McCutchen: McCutchen popped out to first
    • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • T. Glasnow Pitching:
    • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Gardner grounded out to second
    • C. Headley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Headley grounded out to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Castro singled to right center
    • J. Ellsbury: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ellsbury singled to center, Castro to third
    • A. Judge: Ball, Strike looking, Ellsbury stole second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Judge struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Sabathia Pitching:
    • J. Mercer: Ball, Mercer homered to center
    • J. Harrison: Harrison reached on bunt single to third
    • A. McCutchen: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, McCutchen singled to left, Harrison to third
    • G. Polanco: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Polanco struck out swinging
    • D. Freese: Strike looking, Freese reached on an infield single to shortstop, Harrison scored, McCutchen to second
    • F. Cervelli: Cervelli grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, McCutchen to third, Freese out at second
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)