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Miley's outing spoiled, D-backs fail to hold lead

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 17, 2013 at 10:43 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — With every ball out of the strike zone in the seventh inning, Wade Miley got angrier and put himself in deeper trouble.

David Hernandez needed just one pitch to spoil his outing.

Hernandez gave up a pinch-hit homer to Travis Hafner in the eighth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks lost to the Yankees 4-3 Wednesday, failing to protect an early lead for the second straight night against New York.

Miley took a three-run lead into the seventh but was chased after walking Eduardo Nunez to load the bases and Jayson Nix to make it 3-1 with two outs.

"When I walked Nunez I was just kind of trying to throw it 100 mph to the next guy," Miley said. "I just kind of got frustrated, and I started pulling off a little bit and just walked two in a row."

Brett Gardner then had a tying, two-run single off Tony Sipp. Stymied by Miley for six innings, the Yankees broke through and won for the seventh time in eight games.

Hernandez (0-1) got two quick outs to start the eighth but left a fastball over the middle of the plate for Hafner, who was batting for Ben Francisco.

Hafner sent a drive into the stands in right-center for his fourth home run. It was the fourth career pinch-hit homer for Hafner, and his first since joining the Yankees in the offseason.

"I definitely wish I would have had that pitch back," Hernandez said. "I wish I would have slowed the game down a little bit more, but it was just a bad pitch. I knew that he was probably geared for a fastball right there, so I just didn't throw it where I wanted to throw it."

Hernandez's loss was the first for Arizona's bullpen this season, dropping the group to 3-1.

CC Sabathia (3-1) gave up an opposite-field, two-run homer to Paul Goldschmidt in the first — one of three hits in the opening inning — then only three more hits and a sacrifice fly to A.J. Pollock through the eighth.

Sabathia struck out six and walked one in his third straight win after struggling on opening day. It was his second straight outing of eight innings.

Mariano Rivera pitched the ninth for his fourth save, closing out a game that took just 2 hours, 28 minutes. Injured for most of last season, Rivera posted his first back-to-back saves since April 10-11, 2012.

New York failed to get a runner to second base against Miley until Vernon Wells doubled with two outs in the sixth.

"He's a good looking pitcher," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "He gets you to swing at that ball that's just above the waist and looks really tempting."

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