Curtis Granderson led off the top of the 10th with a home run and Mariano Rivera got out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the inning to give the New York Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.
LaRoche, 2 of 16 in his career against New York starter Javier Vazquez entering the game, had two-run singles in the first and fourth innings. His swinging dribbler in front of the plate brought Young in with the go-ahead run on a fielder's choice in the sixth to match his career best with five RBIs.
Aaron Heilman, who has been the best of what has been a mostly atrocious lot in the Diamondbacks bullpen, walked Derek Jeter and Nick Swisher to start the inning. The runners advanced on a groundout, then Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch chose to pitch to Rodriguez rather than walk him intentionally and load the bases for Robinson Cano, who entered the game with a major league-best .363 average.
Rodriguez scored Jeter with a fly to right.
Cano had a difficult night.
He came to bat with the bases loaded and one out in the first and second innings. The first attempt ended the inning when he struck out and Mark Teixeira was thrown out trying to steal third. In the second he bounced into an inning-ending double play.
Then in the fifth, with runners at first and second and one out, Cano hit a line shot to deep left that Gerardo Parra caught with a diving, face-first grab running toward the wall. Parra threw to second baseman Kelly Johnson, who doubled up Rodriguez as he tried to scramble back to first.
Demel, in his third hitless major league appearance since being acquired from Oakland, came on in the sixth to get Jeter to hit into an inning-ending double play, then struck out Swisher, Teixeira and Rodriguez in order in the seventh.
Notes: The Yankees will meet the Dodgers for the second time in a regular-season series. The teams have faced each other in 11 World Series. ... Arizona pitchers walked 13, a season high by four. ... Vazquez, 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in his previous four starts, went five innings, his shortest outing since May 1. ... With the crowd of 46,325, the series drew the second-, third- and fourth-largest home crowds of the season.
Source: AP News