Yastrzemski hits 3 homers as Giants edge D-backs in 11
August 18 2019 12:14 AM
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San Francisco Giants right fielder Mike Yastrzemski (right) bumps fists with third base coach Ron Wotus after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field. PICTURE: USA TODAY Sports

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Mike Yastrzemski hit three home runs, including a solo shot on the first pitch of the 11th inning, as the San Francisco Giants outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-9 Friday night in Phoenix in a wild game that featured 12 homers.
It was the first career multi-home run game for Yastrzemski, a 28-year-old rookie who has five homers in his past four games and 11 since the All-Star break. He has 16 on the season. “I’ve never tried to hit home runs,” Yastrzemski said. “For whatever reason, it’s just kind of been part of the results this year.” 
Each team went deep six times to set a Chase Field record for combined home runs. The Diamondbacks hit five homers from the eighth inning on, establishing a team record, but still came up short.
Yastrzemski’s third shot sent Yoan Lopez (1-5) to the loss. Closer Will Smith (5-0) got the win, despite giving up two blasts in the 10th to cough up a 9-7 lead. The lefty pitched into the 11th, when right-hander Trevor Gott came in with two outs to retire Christian Walker on a groundout with Ketel Marte on first.
Kevin Pillar’s second home run, a two-run shot, gave the Giants a 9-7 lead in the top of the 10th. Wilmer Flores answered with his second homer of the game to start the bottom of the 10th. Nick Ahmed’s solo shot tied the game, capping the Diamondbacks’ second big comeback of the night.
The Giants led 7-2 after Donovan Solano’s RBI double in the eighth. Arizona rallied for five runs in the bottom of the inning with the help of three homers, including a three-run blast from pinch hitter Adam Jones to tie the game. It was his first home run since June 15. Eduardo Escobar and Flores connected for solo home runs off Tony Watson to ignite the Diamondbacks’ rally in the eighth. Marte got the night’s power display started in the first by taking Jeff Samardzija’s fourth pitch over the right-field wall.
Brandon Belt also went deep for the Giants, who have won the first two games of this four-game series to leapfrog the Diamondbacks in the chase for a National League wild-card spot.
Yastrzemski homered in the third inning and hit a two-run shot in the seventh for a 6-2 lead. He now has the same number of three-homer games as his Hall of Fame grandfather, Carl Yastrzemski, who turned the trick for the Boston Red Sox on May 19, 1976, against Detroit. Three of San Francisco’s home runs came off Arizona starter Mike Leake, who has allowed eight long balls in three starts since arriving from the Seattle Mariners on July 31.


Tanaka, Yankees 
hold off Indians 3-2
Masahiro Tanaka pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the New York Yankees beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 Friday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees rebounded nicely from Thursday’s 19-5 pummelling and won for the 15th time in their past 18 games. New York also improved to 10-1 in its last 11 home games. Tanaka (9-6) delivered a second straight sterling outing, following up eight-plus innings of three-hit ball in Toronto on Sunday with a similar outing. He allowed two runs on four hits in 6 1/3 innings, appearing to run out of gas in the seventh.
Tanaka struck out two, walked none and got 10 outs via groundouts.
Jose Ramirez had three of the hits off Tanaka with a homer in the second, a single in the fifth and a double in the seventh that knocked out the right-hander after he allowed a homer to Yasiel Puig.
Slumping Aaron Judge produced his first multi-hit game since Aug. 3 and scored a pair of runs. A night after going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts to extend his slide to 3-for-31, Judge roped a single to left in the first and a double to right in the fifth. Judge scored New York’s first run on a base hit by Gary Sanchez and the Yankees’ third run when Puig bobbled Gio Urshela’s single to right for an error.



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