Just a day after the Yankees were clobbered by the Pirates, they decided to return the favor on Saturday afternoon. With it turning into the battle of the bullpens, the Yankees ended up persevering and defeated the Pirates 11-5 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Yankees put up a five-spot in the top of the sixth on a three-run home run by Starlin Castro and a two-run double by Ronald Torreyes. The Yankees added five more runs in the eighth on a three-run homer by Chris Carter, a wild pitch scoring Aaron Judge, and a RBI double by Chase Headley. In the ninth, Judge added an insurance run by hitting a home run that went 460 feet.
Michael Pineda went five innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out six. Jonathan Holder gave up two runs on two hits while retiring two batters. Tyler Clippard recorded two outs, Betances retired two batters, Bryan Mitchell pitched a scoreless inning and Aroldis Chapman pitched a scoreless inning.
— The Yankees play the series finale against the Pirates, and they’ll face an old friend in Ivan Nova. Jordan Montgomery will start for the Yankees. First pitch is at 1:35 p.m. and the game will air on the YES Network.