An ugly way to wrap up the doubleheader. The Yankees and Pirates played a pretty rough second game, and the Yankees came out on the short end with a 5-3 loss. The Yankees did not have McCann, Ellsbury, Soriano or Jeter in the starting lineup — and Kelly Johnson was batting cleanup — but they still had 10 hits and an early lead. The Pirates were absolutely dreadful early in the game, and the combination of their mistakes and a few good Yankees at-bats had the Yankees in front 2-1 after five innings. Vidal Nuno, though, gave up a two-out, go-ahead home run to Starling Marte in the sixth inning. And after Yangervis Solarte tied it with a home in the bottom of the sixth, Alfredo Aceves gave up a two-out, go-ahead home run of his own, this one to Josh Harrison in the seventh. Former Yankees catcher Chris Stewart drove in an insurance run for the Pirates in the ninth. Ultimately, it was an ugly game with neither team playing particularly well (though Harrison did make a fantastic catch to rob Solarte of a double and possibly save a run in the eighth). The Yankees will settle for a doubleheader split heading into tomorrow’s off day.
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