This was the kind of game the Yankees had in mind this offseason. Their starting pitcher worked deep into the game, key lineup additions delivered key RBIs, and a packed Yankee Stadium felt like a true home-field advantage in a 4-3 win against the Reds that kicked off the second half of the season. The Yankees had a losing record at home in the first half, one of many things that need to change if they’re going to get back in the division race. “We better play better at home,” manager Joe Girardi said. “Or we better go undefeated on the road. One or the other.” The Yankees biggest offseason lineup additions delivered all of the team’s RBIs. Brian McCann’s two-out double put the Yankees on the board in the first inning, and Carlos Beltran’s two-out single put them back in front in the third. When the Reds came back to tie in the fourth, Jacoby Ellsbury delivered a two-run homer in the fifth. David Phelps made that stand up with 6.1 strong innings. He allowed two home runs, but also struck out seven and walked just one. Dellin Betances and Dave Robertson finished off the win to push the Yankees back above .500 with a strong start to the second half.
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