Whatever magic the Marlins had in their bats Tuesday night in Miami didn’t make the trip north with them for their first game in the Bronx in nine years.
A night after they set a club record by scoring eight runs on nine hits in the first inning, the Marlins got no-hit for six innings and produced only three hits total. And yet they still had the tying run on second base in the ninth before New York finally put them away 2-1 in front of 43,048 fans at Yankee Stadium.
“Like I came in here and told the guys: ‘Keep your head up. We just lost and we almost got no-hit and still could have won the game,’ ” second baseman Dee Gordon said. “So, no big deal — strap it on and come back [Thursday] and get it.”
The Marlins, who lost for only the second time in their past seven games, scored the tying run in the eighth when Gordon sent a chopper to first base and Garret Jones’ throw to the plate appeared to be a little too high and late for catcher Brian McCann to snag and tag the sliding Adeiny Hechavarria.
But the Yankees (35-30) challenged the call, and after a 2 minute 41 second delay got what they wanted from the replay committee in Chelsea: a reversal.
“It looked like it was inconclusive to us,” said Marlins manager Dan Jennings, who didn’t bother to argue the call. “Kind of a momentum killer.”
Still, Miami managed to put together a two-out rally in the ninth when Marcell Ozuna singled to left and advanced to second on a Justin Bour walk. But Yankees closer Dellin Betances earned his fourth save of the season — a five-out save at that — when he struck out Jeff Mathis swigning to end the game.
Mathis, hitting .150 (3 for 20) since coming off the disabled list, was a late addition to the starting lineup after rookie J.T. Realmuto was scratched with a tight back. Jennings said he didn’t opt to pinch-hit for Mathis because it wasn’t worth the risk of further injuring Realmuto’s back.
The fact the Marlins had a chance at all was surprising.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda held the Marlins hitless for six innings before Christian Yelich jumped on a first-pitch fastball to open the seventh and drilled it into the Yankees bullpen in right-center field. Yelich’s fourth home run of the season traveled an estimated 405 feet.
Moments later, Giancarlo Stanton drilled a towering fly ball to deep center field. But it was caught just a few feet from the warning track. Other than that, the Marlins didn’t have many scoring chances against Pineda, who was coming off his shortest start of the season in which he gave up nine hits and six runs (five earned) over 4 1/3 innings.
Pineda retired the first 11 hitters he faced — including five strikeouts — before Yelich drew a two-out walk in the fourth.
“He’s got pretty good stuff,” Yelich said. “That was the first time most of us had seen him, I think. All of his pitches were moving. He was making it tough on us.”
Rookie Jose Urena went six innings for the fourth start in a row for the Marlins, but battled control issues.
Urena threw only 50 of his 96 pitches for strikes, walked four and scattered six hits. Still, over his past four starts, he has posted a 2.55 ERA and given Marlins brass something to think about as they tinker with the rotation and welcome players back from the disabled list in the coming weeks.
“Early he was missing arm side and off the plate,” Jennings said. “But I tip my hat. He got back into counts and competed all the way through. He gave us an opportunity to win the game.”
Alex Rodriguez put the Yankees ahead 1-0 in the bottom of the first with a two-out, RBI single to center. It was career hit No. 2,996. Rodriguez then singled again in the fifth.
▪ Jose Fernandez, making his third rehab start for Single A Jupiter on Wednesday, struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 4 2/3 innings against the Brevard County Manatees. Fernandez announced Monday the target date for his return is July 2 against the visiting San Francisco Giants.
▪ First baseman Michael Morse played in his first rehab game since going on the disabled list May 24 with a right ring finger sprain. He finished 0 for 5 with two groundouts and three strikeouts for Double A Jacksonville.