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Yankees exploit Giants pitching again, hammer Holland 6-4

BY RICK PORCARO

The New York Yankees took advantage of lapses by Giants pitching for the second game in a row, jumping on Derek Holland for five runs in the fifth inning before holding on for a 6-4 victory.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Gary Sanchez (24) is greeted at home plate by Luke Voit following his fifth inning grand slam. The Yanks held on to beat the Giants for the second day in a row 6-4.

Holland had coasted through four, having only allowed one run on a pair of hits, but he lost his control in the fifth and he lost it fast.

Cameron Maybin and Thairo Estrada opened the inning with singles and a fielders choice advanced them to second and third. A walk and a hit batsman forced in a run to make the score 2-0. Gary Sanchez then came up and hammered a Holland pitch 467 feet over the left centerfield wall for a grand slam to make the score 6-0.

Meanwhile Yankee starter J. A. Happ was cruising along. Happ tossed seven shut out innings while allowing only five hits to earn his first win in pinstripes.

©DANIEL GLUSKOTER Yankees starter J.A. Happ delivers a pitch during New York’s 6-4 win over the Giants Saturday afternoon at Oracle Park. Happ pitched seven shut out innings for his first win with as a Yankee.

San Francisco finally made it interesting in the ninth, getting on the board with four late runs. After Brandon Belt and Buster Posey started the frame with back to back singles, Yangervis Solarte
crushed a Luis Cessa pitch for a three run home run, his first as a member of the Giants. 

Two batteries later, Erik Kratz did the same, taking a Cessa pitch over the left center fence to close the Giants deficit to 6-4. It was also Kratz first homer since coming to San Francisco, but Aroldis Chapman came on to strike out Pablo Sandoval swinging for the one out save.

The teams return to action tomorrow afternoon for the final game of the series with the Giants trying to avoid a three-game sweep. Derek Rodriguez (3-2, 2.54) takes about against Yankees right-hander Domingo German (4-1, 1.75).

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