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Pineda flirts with no-hitter, Yankees bounce back

Jun 18, 2015 - 4:05 AM Bronx, NY ( - Michael Pineda carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Alex Rodriguez drew closer to the 3,000-hit milestone as the New York Yankees bounced back with a 2-1 win over the Miami Marlins.

Christian Yelich ended the bid with a leadoff homer in the seventh, the only hit surrendered in an outstanding 6 2/3-inning performance by Pineda. The New York starter struck out nine and issued just two walks prior to the blast.

The Yankees were able to reward Pineda with a victory with help from the replay booth, which overturned a safe call at home by Miami's Adeiny Hechavarria that would have forged a 2-2 tie in the eighth.

"Thank goodness for review," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rodriguez paced the Yankee offense by collecting career hits No. 2,996 and 2,997, the first an RBI single. Carlos Beltran also had two hits and an RBI to help New York avenge a pair of losses to the Marlins in Miami that began this four-game, home-and-home series.

"Today was a huge win for us. We needed to get back on the saddle and get a win," Rodriguez said. "(Pineda) was awesome today and it was as fun a game as we've played all year."

The Marlins finished with just three hits one night after pounding out 16 in Tuesday's 12-2 rout of the Yankees.

Jose Urena (1-3) gave up both New York runs in six innings to get hung with the loss.

Miami put up a franchise-best eight first-inning runs off Nathan Eovaldi on Tuesday, but Pineda set down the first 11 Marlins in the rematch and was staked to an early lead on Rodriguez's initial hit of the night.

With Chase Headley on second after being hit by a Urena pitch and moved up via a groundout, Rodriguez drove him home with a bullet up the middle to give the Yankees a 1-0 edge after one inning.

Yelich drew a walk in the fourth to spoil Pineda's quest for a perfect game, but the big right-hander continued to toy with the Miami hitters. He racked up eight strikeouts through five and one more during a 1-2-3 sixth to keep the no-hitter intact.

The drama ended swiftly in the seventh, however, as Yelich hammered the first pitch he saw into the Yankee bullpen to cut into what was then a 2-0 advantage. Giancarlo Stanton then sent a long fly ball that was caught in center field, and Pineda was removed after 100 pitches following Marcell Ozuna's foul out.

Miami very nearly drew even against the New York bullpen in the eighth, with Hechavarria working a walk from Justin Wilson and taking third with one out on Ichiro Suzuki's single. Dellin Betances then replaced Wilson and induced a chopper to first from Dee Gordon, in which Hechavarria was ruled to have slid across the plate just ahead of Brian McCann's tag.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi challenged the call and won, as replays showed McCann to have tagged Hechavarria an instant before he reached home.

"It looked like it was inconclusive to us," Marlins manager Dan Jennings remarked. "Kind of a momentum killer."

Betances protected the one-run lead with a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

Earlier, Urena walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the fourth but got out it unscathed, though the rookie wasn't as fortunate when New York again filled the sacks an inning later.

Singles by Headley and Rodriguez and a free pass to Garrett Jones preceded Beltran's two-out base hit to center that increased the margin to 2-0, though Rodriguez was cut down at the plate on a strong, on-target throw from Ozuna.

Game Notes

The Yankees haven't recorded a no-hitter since David Cone's perfect game against the Montreal Expos at the old Yankee Stadium on July 18, 1999 ... Pineda is now 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA in seven career interleague starts, having permitted one run or fewer in six of those outings ... New York improved to 22-5 against teams making their first-ever appearances at the current Yankee Stadium ... Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts to have a nine-game hitting streak end.