Bartolo Colon again eased concerns about whether he’s going to hold up. The 38-year-old righty has followed two straight bad starts with two straight strong starts. This time, he gave up two runs, eight hits and one walk over seven in the 7-5 win over the A’s. He’s 7-6 with a 3.29 ERA. And this was his first post-All-Star-break win since 2005.
“I thought he looked really good today,” Joe Girardi said. “… I thought he threw the ball well. He gave us distance.”
Colon said his slider was working, and that he had worked hard in the bullpen before the game with pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
David Robertson, on the other hand, wasn’t so good for a change. He said he was irritated with himself after allowing two runs on three doubles and only getting two outs in the eighth. In his defense, it was raining at the time and he had trouble with his grip on the ball. He had yielded just two earned runs in his previous 26 appearances.
“Well now I know that you’re human,” Girardi told him after the game.
“Because he’s been so good for us,” Girardi added. “You haven’t seen him have a blip like that. It’s really strange.”
Mariano Rivera came on for a four-out save. He got the last out in the eighth with two pitches, but he was shaky in the ninth, allowing four straight singles to cut it to 7-5. Only one was a line drive, Josh Willingham’s RBI to left. But then David DeJesus lined to Mark Teixeira for an unassisted double play. And Rivera had extended his major-league record to 15 straight seasons of at least 25 saves.
“I’d be surprised if someone could outdo that record,” Girardi said. “You think of the closers that have come along. That’s one of those records that I don’t think someone will break.”
Rivera isn’t a big stat guy.
“When you play for a team like the New York Yankees, you’re going to have opportunities,” Rivera said. “I try to do my job and help the team as much as I can. Yeah, 25, that’s good. But I just want to win ballgames.”
This was the first time Rivera had given up a run at home this season, having started with 22 straight scoreless appearances, three short of the record.
*Curtis Granderson hit his team-high 27th homer, three less than his career high and three more than last year. It was his 11th homer off a lefty, extending his career high. He made an adjustment in the cage before the game with Kevin Long after going hitless in the first two games of the series.
*Russell Martin showed off his athleticism again, not only leaping for a relay and then tagging out a runner at the plate but also stealing second, setting up a run. He leads all catchers in steals with eight, the third most by a Yankees catcher in the last 50 years. Girardi has the most with 13 in 1996.
*Seattle comes in now for the start of a three-game series. The Mariners have lost a franchise-record 15 in a row. Freddy Garcia and lefty Jason Vargas are Monday night’s starters.