NEW YORK -- Maikel Franco, who has owned Yankee Stadium, nailed a two-run ninth inning double off Dellin Betances to unlock a tie game. The Philadelphia Phillies then blew the game open with a five-run ninth in the 11-6 win. Franco, who homered earlier in the game, has 10 RBIs in the last two nights in the Bronx.
Phightin' Philies: Joe Girardi once again asked Betances for five outs. After cleaning up a mess in the eighth, Betances allowed Ben Revere to lead off with a double in the ninth. Betances then hit Cesar Hernandez, who was trying to bunt, with a pitch.
Franco followed by nailing a rocket down the third-base line that Chase Headley stumbled trying to field. It was a ruled a two-run double and broke a 6-6 tie.
Splits: Betances might have gotten the loss, but it was CC Sabathia who was more responsible for the defeat. Right-handed hitters entered Tuesday with an incredible .924 OPS against Sabathia. It did not get any better for Sabathia with another clunker of a start.
The Phillies' right-handed hitters were 6-for-14 with two walks, two homers and six RBIs off Sabathia. Sabathia only lasted 4 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on eight hits. He struck out four and walked two.
Sabathia was given a lead, but couldn't hold it and got a no-decision. His ERA is now 5.65.
If I could be like Maik: Franco, after hitting two homers on Monday, added another one on Wednesday. The three-run, fourth-inning shot -- which fully utilized the right field porch -- put the Phillies up 6-3. It was part of a five-run fourth inning.
Brett the Hitman: Brett Gardner is on fire. After his first-inning double, Gardner added a solo shot in the third to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead. Gardner was 16 for his last 26 after the homer, his ninth of the year.
Lightning Rod: Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees on the board with a sac fly in the first. In the fifth, Rodriguez nailed a solo shot to pull the Yankees within one run. It was Rodriguez's 15th homer of the season, tying him with Miguel Cabrera for eighth in the AL at the time.
Head games: In the top of the fifth, Headley made another fielding error -- his 16th of the season -- but made up for it by hitting a solo homer in the bottom half of the inning that preceded Rodriguez's shot. It was only the second time this season the Yankees have gone back-to-back.
Jonesing: Garret Jones hit a leadoff homer in the second. It was his fourth of the season.
No rain delay without rain: The game's start was delayed nearly 90 minutes, but it barely rained. It probably rained for 10 minutes.
Time of game: 3:45.
On Deck: Ivan Nova, 14 months after Tommy John surgery, will be on the mound for the first time this season. He will face Hamels (5-5, 2.96).