The Yankees were trailing 3-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but they rallied to tie it at 3-3 that inning and then took a the lead in the bottom of the eighth on a Travis Hafner pinch-hit home run to beat the Diamondbacks 4-3 at the stadium Thursday night.
The Diamondbacks jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a Paul Goldschmidt home run in the first and then made it a 3-0 lead on a sac fly in the fifth.
The Yankees finally answered back when, in the seventh inning, Jayson Nix walked with the bases loaded to score Ben Francisco. Brett Gardner then slapped a shallow single to left to score Brennan Boesch and Eduardo Nunez to tie the game.
In the eighth, Joe Girardi used Hafner to pinch hit for Francisco and Hafner crushed one to right to give the Yankees the lead.
• Mariano Rivera pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to nail down the win.
• CC Sabathia started and was fantastic. He gave up those two runs in the first and then retired 10 in a row before a bunt hit in the fourth. There was the triple in the fifth, but only one other runner reached on him again after that. CC’s final line: 8 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR.
• Brett Gardner is still without a stolen base despite reaching twice and going 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI’s. He’s now hitting a solid .259/.333/.426.
• Hafner just had the one at bat, but he raised his line to an outstanding .342/.432/.711.
• Ben Francisco got his first hit as a Yankee yesterday. He’s now hitting .091/.231/.091 in just 13 plate appearances.
(April 11, 2013 – Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America)