Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yankees 4, Pirates 3, Pirates 5, Yankees 3 Harrison, Watson Spark Split in DH Morton Starts Slow in First, but Homer, Bullpen Get It Done in Second

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Yankees 4, Pirates 3, Pirates 5, Yankees 3 Harrison, Watson Spark Split in DH Morton Starts Slow in First, but Homer, Bullpen Get It Done in Second

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NEW YORK -- About an hour after their third consecutive loss, the Pirates found themselves off to an ugly start in the second game of a doubleheader Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Errors, baserunning blunders and injuries reared their heads, with a balk thrown in for good measure.

Somehow they held fast with the score tied, and that's where Josh Harrison and Tony Watson came in.

Harrison and Watson provided, then preserved, a 5-3 win against the New York Yankees, preventing the Pirates from losing four in a row and six out of seven as they concluded their road trip.

"Definitely a good momentum win heading back home now with the off day," said Watson, who pitched 11/3 scoreless innings.

They lost two outfielders due to tight hamstrings in the process - - the right hamstring for Jose Tabata, the left one for Starling Marte. Marte said he felt the tightness in the dugout after his two- run home run in the sixth.

The Pirates lost, 4-3, in the first game.

Harrison untied a 3-3 score in the seventh. He turned on a fastball up and in from Alfredo Aceves (0-2) and drove it out for his second home run this season.

"I went up there and just battled and got a good pitch and put a good swing on it," Harrison said.

Watson entered with a one-run lead, two outs and the bases empty in the seventh, then promptly put runners on second and third with a single and double. Travis Snider cut off Brian Roberts' double and kept speedy Brett Gardner from scoring, bringing Mark Teixeira to the plate.

"We wanted to pound him in, try and get the changeup down and away and maybe get a weak groundball," Watson said. "Definitely early contact, we don't want him being up there battling."

Teixeira popped out.

Harrison started the game at third base, spelling Pedro Alvarez against Yankees left-hander Vidal Nuno, but moved to left field to replace Marte. After Derek Jeter's pinch-hit single in the eighth, Harrison made a full-extension diving catch on Yangervis Solarte's line drive to left field.

"Solarte crushed that ball," Watson said.

"My first step, I knew I got the right read on it and I knew I was going to be able to lay out and catch it," Harrison said. …

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