Seventh-inning stench: In the seventh, David Huff and Esmil Rogers combined to give up four runs in relief of Michael Pineda to relinquish a one-run lead. After Pineda walked a batter to start the seventh, Huff got an out and gave up a hit.
Manager Joe Girardi decided to go with Rogers against the No. 8 batter, Matt Dominguez.
Prime time for Pine time: Before the bullpen's seventh-inning implosion, Pineda walked off the mound to a nice ovation. In his first start at Yankee Stadium in 126 days, Pineda went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked one.
The second run he let up was more Huff's and Rogers' fault. Pineda just walked Jason Castro before coming out.
So Pineda has now looked good in back-to-back starts since his return from the DL.
What does RISP mean?: For the Yankees, it usually means runners in stranding position. In the first, second, seventh and ninth, it happened again.
In the first, against Scott Feldman -- and his 4.45 ERA -- Derek Jeter and Jacoby Ellsbury picked up back-to-back, one-out singles to set up the Yankees. They would move to second and third on a double steal but would go no further as Mark Teixeira struck out and Brian McCann popped out.
Down three in bottom of the seventh, the Yankees put runners on second and third for Ellsbury. Against lefty Kevin Chapman, Ellsbury smacked two foul balls that were nearly doubles before striking out.
In the ninth, for good measure, Gardner and Jeter reached against Jose Veras to give Ellsbury another chance. Ellsbury, the tying run, popped out to right to end the game.
The bad news was Chase Headley was thrown out trying to steal on the pitch preceding the homer.
The Bronx Bunters: In the fifth with the game tied, Ichiro singled, stole a base and moved to third on a groundout with two outs. Ellsbury bunted for a two-out base hit to bring home Ichiro.
Gardy leaves the yardy: In the ninth, Gardner made a nice catch, falling over the cement barrier and into the stands along the left-field foul line.