In just about any Major League Baseball game, two hits will get you just about nowhere. That is, unless you’re the 2017 New York Yankees. After being blanked by call-up Jharel Cotton through 5⅔ innings, Matt Holliday hit a hanging slider into the visiting bullpen to put the Yankees up for good against the Oakland Athletics. A very well-rested Dellin Betances used 24 pitches to record a five out save. Betances saved his fifth game of the year in place of the injured Aroldis Chapman.

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The Yankee offense was limited to one run in the first inning on a Starlin Castro sacrifice fly. Jharel Cotton then held the Yankees hitless until the sixth inning, when Gary Sánchez walked before Holliday’s towering home run.

It became interesting after that when Sabathia served up a solo home run to Josh Phegley to pull the Athletics within one. But, a bullpen combination of Adam Warren, Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances teamed up to only allow one hit and one walk to close out a well-deserved win.

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It’s not often that two hits result in a win, but you know the Yankees will take it. Betances’ five out save allows the Yankees to maintain a two game lead over the Baltimore Orioles as we head into the rubber game of this series tomorrow at 1:05 p.m.


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