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Reds 10, Yankees 2: Brian Gordon Suffers First Defeat

Chris Heisey and the Cincinnati Reds rudely interrupted Brian Gordon's dream ride to the major leagues Wednesday night, routing the Yankees, 10-2, in the second game of a doubleheader at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. The Yankees won the first game, 4-2.

En route to a three-home run night, Heisey led off the game with a home run against Gordon, the 32-year-old career minor league outfielder turned pitcher making his second big-league start for the Yankees. Gordon (0-1) gave up three home runs, two to Heisey, and surrendered four runs in five innings of work.. Heisey ended up with five RBI on the night.

The Reds broke open a 4-1 game with three runs in the seventh and three in the eighth off New York reliever Hector Noesi.

Johnny Cueto (5-2) got the victory for Cincinnati. He pitched seven innings of two-hit baseball, allowing just one run.

The Yankees are off Thursday, then return to Yankee Stadium on Friday to open a three-game series against the Colorado Rockies.

Final - 6.22.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 4 0
Cincinnati Reds 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 3 X 10 14 1
WP: Johnny Cueto (5 - 2)
LP: Brian Gordon (0 - 1)

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Yankees 4, Reds 2: Posada's Blast A Game-Winner For New York

After suffering an indignity he couldn’t take, being dropped to ninth in the New York Yankees batting order, and refusing to play because of the perceived insult, proud Yankee veteran Jorge Posada has been doing the only thing he can to make up for it — hitting the tar out of the baseball.

Posada hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning Wednesday afternoon, snapping a 2-2 tie and providing the margin of victory as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 4-2, in the first game of a twi-night doubleheader. The second game will begin at 7:10 p.m. ET.

Posada’s home run off Cincinnati starter Mike Leake (6-4) was his seventh of the season and first in nearly two months. His last home run came on April 23. Posada, whose batting average was under .200 for a long while this season, was hitting .395 in June entering Wednesday’s first game.

The shot made a winner of Freddy Garcia (6-6), who limited the Reds to two unearned runs, three hits and a walk in seven innings. He also struck out four to help New York pick up its fourth consecutive victory.

Garcia’s runs allowed were unearned because of Ramiro Pena, who started at third base and committed three errors.
New York scored the decisive runs after Robinson Cano singled with one away in the sixth. Leake then hung a first-pitch breaking ball to Posada, who sent it over the right field fence.

Cincinnati had several chances to cut into its deficit, including in the bottom of the sixth, when Jay Bruce doubled off the wall in right. But he ran too far off second base when Scott Rolen followed with a liner to left. Brett Gardner made the catch and threw to second for the inning-ending double play.

Then, in the seventh, Pena committed his third error by allowing a Drew Stubbs grounder to leak through his legs. But he helped get the Yankees out of the inning by starting a double play during the next at-bat, and making a nice play on Ryan Hanigan’s sharply hit grounder to end the inning.

David Robertson then pitched a scoreless eighth for the Yankees, and Mariano Rivera worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his 19th save.

Posada’s homer was a quick scoring blow in a game that had been defined by close plays.

New York used one to keep Cincinnati off the scoreboard in the second inning, when Stubbs drove a ball to the gap in right-center. But Nick Swisher tracked it down and made the catch before crashing into the wall.

A few close plays then got the Yankees on the board during the third inning, when Gardner reached on a one-out infield single and moved to third on Curtis Granderson’s base hit.

Swisher then hit the ball to first baseman Joey Votto, who fielded the ball and stepped on the bag. The play happened quickly enough that Votto decided to try to get the speedy Gardner at home, but his throw was high, and Gardner slid in safely.

Cano followed with a grounder through the left side for a 2-0 lead.

But the Reds tied the game in the fifth. Their rally got started after Stubbs reached on a throwing error by Pena to lead off the inning and advanced to third on Edgar Renteria’s single.

Hanigan then sent a grounder to third and Pena attempted to get Stubbs at home, but his throw bounced well short of catcher Francisco Cervelli, who couldn’t hang on.

The play got the Reds on the board and left runners on first and second, and a sacrifice bunt by Leake put them in scoring position. Fred Lewis lofted a sacrifice fly to center to plate Renteria and make it a 2-2 contest.

— Sports Network contributed to this report


Yankees 5, Reds 3: Ivan Nova Continues To Impress

Maybe it's just me, but I keep looking at New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova and seeing a pitcher who is taking up space in the starting rotation until either a) a big-name starter shows up via trade to take his place or b) a more highly-regarded young prospect arrives to bump him aside.

Well, it is probably time for me -- and anyone else thinking the way I have been -- to reassess Nova. The 24-year-old right-hander spun the best game of his abbreviated big-league career Monday night, finishing eight full innings for the first time as the Yankees defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 5-3.

Nova improved to 7-4 with a 4.13 ERA. He allowed just four hits and one run, struck out seven, did not walk a batter and did not allow a Cincinnati runner past first base after the first inning. Nova is 6-2 in his last eight decisions.

Nova left with a 5-1 lead. The game only got interesting in the ninth inning because reliever Luis Ayala gave up a leadoff single to Brandon Phillips and Boone Logan then hit Joey Votto with his first pitch. Mariano Rivera came on to record his 18th save, but the Reds did manage to push across two runs.

Alex Rodriguez and Robinson Cano each had two hits and an RBI for New York. The Yankees scored four of their five runs in the first inning, barely allowing the crowd at Great American Ball Park to settle in before jumping to a big lead.

Final - 6.20.2011 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 9 0
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 1
WP: Ivan Nova (7 - 4)
SV: Mariano Rivera (18)
LP: Travis Wood (5 - 5)

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