- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - Michael Pineda missed his spots, had trouble controlling his slider and lacked command of his fastball. Enough for baseball’s lowest-scoring team to hand him one of the worst losses of his career.

Pineda gave up highs of 11 hits and eight runs while only pitching into the fourth inning, and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the New York Yankees 11-8 Monday night to snap their 12-game road skid behind two homers and five RBIs from Maikel Franco.

“Very hard night for me,” Pineda said. “I did not have my best stuff.”

It was just the second time in 55 career starts that Pineda failed to strikeout a batter. The first: April 23, 2014, in Boston, when he was caught using pine tar and was ejected in the second inning. He was 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA in interleague play before Monday’s outing.

Winners of 11 of 13 at Yankee Stadium coming in, New York was roughed up for 10 or more runs in consecutive home games for the second time this year. Texas did it May 22-23 against Pineda and CC Sabathia, Tuesday’s starter.

Brett Gardner hit a three-run homer off Kevin Corriea and had four hits - two on bunts. He reached base five times for New York, which had 14 hits and was 4 for 13 with runners in scoring position.

“He’s a complete player, and he can beat you a lot of ways,” manager Joe Girardi said of Gardner.

Franco had a career-high four hits. He was not alone in the hit parade for the 25-47 Phillies, worst record in baseball.

Ben Revere and Freddy Galvis each had three hits, and Cesar Hernandez and Ryan Howard drove in two runs apiece as the Phillies had a season high for runs and hits (18) in a second straight offensive outburst against a top starter.

They beat Michael Wacha and St. Louis 9-2 Sunday.

Jake Diekman (2-1) walked three in two scoreless innings for the win in relief of Corriea.

Franco opened the scoring with a homer in the first. He singled and scored in the third, had two-run single in the fourth and connected for a long two-run drive to left in the sixth off Chris Capuano. He struck out to end the seventh with a chance to push his first multihomer game to three longballs.

“He’s been our most consistent and productive hitter on a daily basis with driving the ball and stinging it,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said about Franco.

Trailing 2-1 going into the third, Philadelphia, the team that scored just 22 runs in those 12 straight road losses, put its first four batters on with Howard hitting a two-run single to put the Phillies back on top and eliciting a shout from a young fan in the eerily quiet stadium, “and there are still no outs.”

Carlos Beltran had two doubles and an RBI and Garrett Jones had a two-run double for New York. Brian McCann also homered for the Yankees.


Phillies: Cole Hamels is still on target to start Wednesday in the series finale. Sandberg said “everything went well” for the LHP in his last bullpen session.

Yankees: Mark Teixeira was out of the starting lineup because of a stiff neck - a problem for about 10 days. Girardi said postgame an MRI was “pretty good,” and the 1B was given an injection to “speed up the healing process.”


Phillies: Sean O’Sullivan (1-5) is coming off his best start of the year: one run and four hits in five innings against Baltimore with a season-high seven strikeouts. He is 2-2 with a 5.87 ERA against New York.

Yankees: Sabathia has held opponents to batting average of .083 (2 for 24) with runners in scoring position. Philadelphia entered Monday 28th of 30 teams with a .220 average (122 for 555) with RISP.


The Yankees said that executives Randy Levine and Lonn Trost met with Zack Hample, the fan who caught the home run ball hit by Alex Rodriguez for hit No. 3,000 Friday night and thus far has refused to give it to A-Rod. Team spokesman Jason Zillo said the sides have made significant progress in negotiating a return of the memento and will meet again next week.


The first 18,000 fans attending the game received purple Yankees hats by New Era in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness night. Purple ribbons symbolizing the cause were painted into the grass in front of each dugout.

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