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Mental lapse costs the Reds, Yankees get the sweep with a 3-2 win

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped among three Cincinnati Reds in shallow right field, giving the New York Yankees a 3-2 victory Sunday.

Ellsbury and Derek Jeter each had an RBI single for the Yankees, who finished a three-game sweep in their first series after the All-Star break. Hiroki Kuroda outpitched Cincinnati ace Johnny Cueto and left with a 2-1 lead before Todd Frazier's tying homer off Dellin Betances in the eighth.

Ellsbury also stole two bases and made a sliding catch in center field that saved a run. He reached safely all five times up, including a leadoff single in the ninth off Aroldis Chapman (0-3).

Before that, left-handed hitters had been 1 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against the hard-throwing Cuban this season.

Ellsbury got a great jump and swiped second without a throw. He reached third on a wild pitch before Chapman struck out Mark Teixeira with a 101 mph fastball.

McCann, another left-handed batter, lifted a popup that barely reached the outfield grass behind first base. But with the infield playing in, Frazier and second baseman Skip Schumaker scurried back trying to get under the ball as Jay Bruce rushed in from right field.

All three appeared to have a hard time finding the ball in the sun, and it landed untouched. Ellsbury alertly saw what was happening and dashed home easily as McCann stood on first base with his arms raised.

Chapman stared out toward shallow right field, where Frazier, Schumaker and Bruce had their hands on their hips in disbelief.

Center fielder Billy Hamilton also had trouble with the sun earlier in the game, allowing Ellsbury's seventh-inning fly to fall for a double.

It was New York's second walk-off win this season and the fifth game-ending hit for McCann his first since a home run for Atlanta against Houston on May 17, 2011.

 

 

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