PITTSBURGH (AP) — Giancarlo Stanton hit a solo home run in the third inning for just his second hit in eight games, New York relievers retired 15 consecutive batters and the Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates, 6-3, on Saturday night to move three games over .500 for the first time in a month.
Stanton led off the third with his 24th home run this season, a 418-foot solo drive off Luis Ortiz (4-5) into the left-field bleachers that extended the Yankees’ lead to 4-2. The five-time All-Star is 2-for-27 since Sept. 6 and has three hits, each a home run, in 31 at-bats since Sept. 5. He is hitting a career-low .195.
New York is 5-1 on a seven-game road trip and has won 14 of 19, moving two games ahead of last-place Boston in the AL East. The Yankees (76-73) improved to three games over .500 for the first time since Aug. 12, when they began a nine-game skid. Trying to avoid their first losing season since 1992, they have won five of six series after going 0-8-2 during a stretch that started in late June.
Luke Weaver gave up three runs and four hits in four innings with seven strikeouts. Rookie Jhony Brito (8-7) retired nine straight batters and, Ian Hamilton and Clay Holmes three apiece, Holmes for his 21st save in 24 chances.
Ortiz allowed four runs, six hits and six walks in 4 2/3 innings. Pirates pitchers walked seven batters, three of whom scored.
Bryan Reynolds cut the deficit to 3-2 in the bottom half with his 22nd homer, a two-run drive.
After Stanton’s homer, Endy Rodríguez hit a sacrifice fly in the third.
Yankees: LHP Anthony Misiewicz was placed on the seven-day concussion injured list after taking a line drive to the face in the sixth inning of a 7-5 win Friday. Misiewicz was released from Allegheny General Hospital on Friday night, New York manager Aaron Boone said. … Hamilton (groin) was reinstated from the 15-day IL.
LHP Carlos Rodón (3-5, 6.14 ERA) will start for the Yankees in the series finale Sunday.