The Yankees came out on top this afternoon against a tough opponent like Noah Syndergaard thanks to a few home runs. Michael Pineda hasn't been too hot lately and with the division slipping from their grasp, they needed a strong performance. Thankfully, they got it, as he pitched pretty well, allowing four hits and a walk while also striking out four in 5.1 innings.
Things went the Yankees' way pretty quickly in the first inning when Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner singled to lead off the game. Carlos Beltran then hit a three-run home run to right field, giving the Yankees a 3–0 lead. Syndergaard would then go on to retire 12 straight in a row before Dustin Ackley broke up the streak with a triple in the fifth inning. The Yankees were able to score again in the sixth when Beltran singled and Brian McCann hit a dinger to make it a 5–0 game. McCann had a great day with two hits, two runs, a walk, and even caught David Wright stealing. Beltran also came away with two hits and three RBI, while Greg Bird hit a double, and Chase Headley walked.
It was nice to see Pineda do well after such a poor stretch since coming off the disabled list. The only trouble he got into was in the sixth inning when he allowed two singles to Kelly Johnson and Curtis Granderson to start the inning. He was able to strike out Yoenis Cespedes before being lifted for Justin Wilson. The lefty started off his appearance with a walk to Daniel Murphy, but with the bases loaded, he managed to strike out David Wright and Juan Uribe to get out of the inning.
The bullpen did their job overall, as Wilson struck out four over 1.1 innings and Caleb Cotham struck out the only batter he faced in the seventh. Dellin Betances struck out two in an inning of work and Joe Girardi tried to get through the ninth without needing to use their closer. They got an out from James Pazos before handing it off to Chris Martin, but the righty could only get one out and allowed two hits before Andrew Miller needed to be brought in to get one out in a five-run game. Good job, dude.
Overall, though, it was a good day for the Yankees. They're already 4.5 games out of first place, but they'll at least be able to keep pace with the Blue Jays for one more day.