PHOENIX -- Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of one-run, one-hit ball and then turned the game over to the relief trio now dubbed "Run BMC," as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 4-2, over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.Eovaldi was followed by
PHOENIX -- Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi pitched six innings of one-run, one-hit ball and then turned the game over to the relief trio now dubbed "Run BMC," as the Yankees salvaged the finale of a three-game series, 4-2, over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Chase Field.
Eovaldi was followed by Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman, who recorded his fourth save since returning from a 30-game suspension. This is the third time the three hurlers have combined to close a game. Eovaldi won his fourth consecutive decision after opening the season with two losses.
"I never look at myself as an ace, but I do want to do well when we're struggling and try and get us back on track," said Eovaldi, who threw just 85 pitches. "I do feel like if you have a good start from a starter, everybody else can build off of that."
The D-backs -- held to two hits -- scored their only run off Eovaldi on a first-inning leadoff double by Jean Segura and Paul Goldschmidt's RBI grounder to third. Chris Owings homered off Miller to open the eighth.
"You're not going to win many games getting two hits," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We had some battle at-bats, but Eovaldi really had good stuff tonight. He used his split and his breaking ball. Then when you get to those last three, it's tough."
Shelby Miller started for the D-backs and left with two out in the sixth inning, He was tagged with his fifth loss in six decisions in his first season in Arizona after the offseason trade with the Braves.
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Nathan's famous: Eovaldi had his good stuff working as he was in command of the Arizona lineup. After Segura led off with a grounder that hit the second-base bag for a quirky double, Eovaldi retired the next 18 straight before yielding to Betances in the seventh, throwing 85 pitches. There's something he likes about pitching at Chase Field; Eovaldi has limited the D-backs to two runs or fewer in each of his five starts here.
"I thought he had really good command tonight," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I thought his slider was good. I thought his split was good. He attacked, and he got 18 outs in a row, I believe. He did a heck of job. We needed a win tonight after losing the first two the way we did. He pitched a great game."
Miller time: Despite allowing eight hits and walking two in the first five innings, the D-backs right-hander managed to survive with a 2-1 deficit, the runs coming on Brett Gardner's two-run, first-inning homer. The Yankees added a run with a pair of singles in the sixth, as Jacoby Ellsbury drove home Chase Headley. Ellsbury was on base all five times he batted, while Gardner had two hits. More >
Power of the 'pen: Having lost the first two games of the series, the Yankees took no chances in salvaging the finale. Betances gave his club a scare by walking the first two men in the seventh but emerged unscathed, thanks to two strikeouts and a flyout. Miller recovered from Owings' homer to start the eighth by striking out the next three batters, and Chapman slammed the door in the ninth for his fourth save.
"I think they laid off a few breaking balls that were pretty good. I had to trust my stuff," Betances said. "I got myself in a jam, but I was just trying to make the people sweat a little bit back home." More >
"That's what we need to do at the top of the lineup. You can't expect guys to get on base three, four or five times a night, but as long as he and I can get a little more consistent and get on base for these guys in the middle of the lineup, it will make things a lot easier, not just on our offense but on our pitching." -- Gardner, on combining with Ellsbury
Yankees: Right-hander Ivan Nova (2-1, 3.70 ERA) will make his third start of the season on Thursday as the Yankees open a four-game series with the Athletics in Oakland at 10:05 p.m. ET. The A's will counter with right-hander Kendall Graveman.
D-backs: After a day off on Thursday, they open a three-game series against the Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Friday at 5:15 p.m. MST. The D-backs have rearranged their pitching rotation for the series, as Hale decided to give Rubby De La Rosa a start off. Patrick Corbin is in his regular slot on Friday.
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