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The win earlier today gave the Yankees a nice little 4-game winning streak. They could have kept that going and earned a series sweep in the process with another victory in the second, but that task wasn't going to come easy with Vidal Nuno starting, a very shorthanded bullpen supporting him, and a weak, shallow lineup. All of those things combined to be too much to overcome and the Pirates escaped New York with a Sunday split.
- A literal calamity of errors led to all the runs in the 2nd. A pair by Brian Roberts and Yangervis Solarte cost Nuno a run in the top half, and a brutal fielding error by Travis Snider practically gave the Yanks 2 in the bottom half.
- It was relatively smooth sailing for Nuno after that. He retired the next 9 hitters in a row through 5 innings, with 8 of the 9 outs coming by either groundout or strikeout. The one other out came on a nice relay play to nail Josh Harrison trying to stretch a double before the go-ahead run could score.
- Nuno looked to be cruising through the 6th and then he made his 1 big mistake. He hung an 0-1 slider to Starling Marte and Marte hit it for a go-ahead 2-run home run. It was his 2nd HR of the day and it gave Pittsburgh the lead.
- The undermanned lineup was held in check after the 2nd by Cole, but the slumping and error-prone Yangervis Solarte got to him for a game-tying home run in the bottom of the 6th. The guy's finding his power.
- Joe had the JV 'pen for this game and it didn't take long for that to bite him. Alfredo Aceves gave up a 2-out home run to Harrison on a meatball fastball to make it 4-3 Pittsburgh and bring himself 1 day closer to a DFA.
- The Yanks couldn't mount another comeback. They left runners on second and third in the 7th, had a potentially run-scoring hit robbed by a good defensive play in the 8th, and went down 1-2-3 in the 9th to split the day.