Following the Yankees‘ four-run ninth inning, Robinson Cano hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to cap off a come-from-behind victory. The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-6, and escaped L.A. with two wins in their three-game series.


Initial Reaction:

Andy Pettitte had his first bad start in over a month, punctuated by a third-inning mess which produced three runs. Pettitte was responsible for two throwing errors that inning, firing errant throws on bunts by Clayton Kershaw (trying to cut down Reed Johnson at third base) and by Ron Belliard. Pettitte lost his composure a bit and never really gained back any command.

The Yankees had nothing doing at the plate until their half of the sixth. With one out Mark Teixeira grounded into a fielder’s choice, bringing Alex Rodriguez to the plate with two away. A-Rod crushed a 3-2 pitch to left to cut L.A.’s lead to 5-2.

The Yanks hammered Jonathan Broxton for four runs on four hits and two walks in the ninth inning, as the Dodgers’ closer tried to protect what had been a 6-2 lead. With one away Rodriguez singled and Cano doubled him home to cut the deficit to three runs. After a single and a walk, rookie Chad Huffman lined a two-run single into right field – just his third Major League hit – to set up Colin Curtis‘ 10-pitch at-bat which finally concluded with an easy grounder to first base. James Loney, however, stepped on first for the force out rather than throw to second, and then threw home attempting to throw out Curtis Granderson. The throw was not in time, as Granderson slid in with the tying run.

Mark Teixeira led off the 10th with a single and Rodriguez grounded into a force play. With A-Rod on first, Dodgers’ manager Joe Torre brought in left-hander George Sherrill to face Cano (who was 0-for-11 lifetime against Sherrill) who promptly drilled the ball to left-center. The Greatest Of All Time (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings to get the victory.

Positives From The Game:

A-Bomb: Alex Rodriguez hit his third home run in five games, a two-run big fly in the top half of the sixth. He now has 11 HR on the year.

Big ninth inning from the rookies – Chad Huffman hit a two-run single, and after a marathon at-bat that saw the count run from 0-2 to 3-2 Colin Curtis grounded out to first base, but Curtis Granderson beat the throw to the plate. The rooks came up huge in the ninth against the NL’s best closer.

Robinson Cano Is An MVP.

Negatives From The Game:

Pettitte just wasn’t his 2010-self tonight. After six-straight starts in which he threw at least seven innings and allowed less than two earned runs, Pettitte allowed four earned runs and issued three walks in five innings of work.

Bottom Of The 3rd: This is where it got ugly for Andy. After Pettitte gave up a leadoff double to Reed Johnson, Clayton Kershaw was safe at first on a throwing error by Pettitte which allowed Johnson to score from second base. Rafael Furcal reached on bunt single to third, moving Kershaw to second. On a Ron Belliard sacrifice back to the pitcher, the runners advanced on another throwing error from Pettitte. The final line for the bottom of the third: 3 Runs, 2 Hits, 2 Errors.

Interesting Facts:

In his last six games (all on the road), A-Rod is 8-for-16 with 3 HR and 10 RBI.

Mariano Rivera has made a relief appearance in 29 games so far this season. The Yankees have won all but two of those games.

What’s Next?:

The Yankees are off on Monday before returning home to The Boogie Down Bronx to begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners.

Tuesday, 7:05, YES: Cliff Lee (6-3, 2.39 ERA) vs. Phil Hughes (10-1, 3.17 ERA)

Listen to Nick Swisher: Vote Yankees.