The Diamondbacks took a slim 2-1 lead into the bottom of the eighth thanks to seven strong innings from southpaw starter Patrick Corbin against the meager Yankees lineup. The group they're trotting out there against lefties is not impressive, given the absences of noted lefty mashers Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, and Mark Teixeira. Phil Hughes kept them in the game though, and in the eighth, the Yanks loaded the bases with one out for their best player, Robinson Cano, who even got to face a righty in David Hernandez.
Despite the ideal situation, Cano struck out on a pitch that hit him. It was joyous.
Hernandez then struck out Kevin Youkilis to end the threat. The Yankees' fortunes turned when Dbacks closer J.J. Putz let Francisco Cervelli take him deep with the Yanks down to their final two outs.
The game was tied and went to extra innings. Unfortunately, David Phelps did not bring his good stuff to the ballpark, and after wiggling out of a jam in the 11th inning, Arizona got to him in the 12th. They loaded the bases on a double, a weird catcher's interference call (Cervelli's second of the day), and a hit by pitch. Cody Ross and old friend Eric Chavez then rocked Phelps for four combined runs in back-to-back at bats.
Arizona took its four-run lead to the bottom of the 12th and salvaged the final game of the series. The Yankees will hope for better luck tonight against the Blue Jays.
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