Beltran, Teixeira homer to back Eovaldi in win over Giants
By Bryan Hoch and Chris Haft
NEW YORK -- Carlos Beltran and Mark Teixeira homered as Nathan Eovaldi threw a season-high 118 pitches, leading the Yankees to a 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday as they prepared to take their swirling trade speculation on the road.
Amid reports that the Yankees are listening to offers on closer Aroldis Chapman, they were able to complete a 6-4 homestand without calling upon the three big arms of Chapman, Dellin Betances and Andrew Miller, all of whom were unavailable. Eovaldi gave them the lengthy outing they needed, going 6 2/3 innings and credited his cutter to his performance.
"I definitely wanted to go deeper in the game. I knew that they were down today," Eovaldi said. "The other guys we have in our bullpen, I know that they can get the job done, and we were able to add a few more runs. It was encouraging."
Chad Green, who picked up his first save, allowed two inherited runners to score on Buster Posey's two-out single before recording the final out of the seventh.
"It just shows you that we're capable of playing good baseball against the teams that are leading divisions," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We played three teams -- Boston, Baltimore and San Francisco. We fared pretty well."
Beltran hit his team-leading 21st homer and Teixeira connected for his ninth in the first two innings off Jeff Samardzija, who settled in before being knocked around for three more runs late. The right-hander worked 5 2/3 innings, permitting five runs on eight hits.
"Up until that point, I liked how I was throwing the ball," Samardzija said, noting that he made an adjustment with his slider that rendered it more effective.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Stringing them together: The Yankees rallied for four straight two-out hits in the sixth inning, sending Samardzija to the showers. After Jacoby Ellsbury hit into a run-scoring double play, featuring a great stop by Ramiro Pena at second base, Beltran and Brian McCann singled ahead of Starlin Castro's run-scoring single to left. Didi Gregorius followed with a booming ground-rule double that bounced over the center-field wall into Monument Park.
"For us, it's a good sign that we know we can play good baseball if we put things together," Beltran said. "We're happy where we're at. We just have to continue to win series."
Homer-(un)happy: After allowing multiple home runs in each of the trip's first five games, Giants starting pitchers -- namely, Madison Bumgarner and Johnny Cueto -- yielded none Friday and Saturday. That stinginess ended Sunday as Samardzija coughed up homers in each of the first two innings. The starters' grand totals for the eight-game trip added up to 13 homers allowed in 43 innings.
"That doesn't work," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Dial it 4-1-5: The Yankees turned an unorthodox double play to end the eighth inning, squelching a brewing Giants rally. Pena hit a hard grounder to the right side that Castro smothered with a diving stop, tossing to Green, who alertly turned and fired across the infield to nail Mac Williamson trying for third base. The double play went into the books as 4-1-5 -- which, of course, is the San Francisco area code.
"It's an outstanding job on a couple different parts," Girardi said. "Castro, Greenie -- it's not an easy ball to catch -- and then it's a tough play, bang-bang. Then to have the presence of mind to make a good throw over to [Chase Headley]; it's obviously a throw that bounced, but it's on line. Chase makes an outstanding play. It's really the play of the game."
3-4-5 jive: Bochy has said on more than one occasion, including on this trip, that when the team is lost offensively, it'll be the middle of the batting order that leads them out of the wilderness. Unfortunately for the Giants, their 3-4-5 hitters -- Brandon Belt, Posey and Brandon Crawford -- went a pedestrian 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position on Sunday and batted .158 (15-for-96) overall during the trip.
"That really hurt us the whole trip," Bochy said of the lack of productivity. "We'll go as they go." More >
WHAT'S NEXT Giants: Having posted a 1-7 record on a three-city trip, the Giants will welcome returning to AT&T Park for a seven-game homestand that begins with Monday's 7:15 p.m. PT encounter against Cincinnati. Giants right-hander Jake Peavy (5-8, 5.15 ERA) will oppose Reds right-hander Anthony DeSclafani.
Yankees: The Bombers hit the road on Monday, beginning a trip that will see them visit the Astros, Rays and Mets. Michael Pineda (4-9, 5.25 ERA) has the ball for the opener of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park in Houston, taking on Dallas Keuchel (6-9, 4.70 ERA). First pitch is set for 8:10 p.m. ET.