NEW YORK -- Brandon McCarthy pitched six strong innings in his Yankee Stadium debut, leading the New York Yankees to a 7-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Saturday afternoon.
Designated hitter Carlos Beltran hit a solo home run, left fielder Brett Gardner drove in three runs and shortstop Derek Jeter had an RBI single as the Yankees won for the eighth time in 13 games. Third baseman Kelly Johnson added a two-run single for the Yankees, who improved to 20-23 at home.
Acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks July 6, McCarthy (1-0) allowed a run and six hits and won his third straight decision after winning one of his first 16 starts. McCarthy also struck out nine without a walk while throwing 71 of 99 pitches for strikes in his 101st consecutive start issuing three walks or fewer.
It was McCarthy's second effective start for the Yankees and came 10 days after he allowed one earned run and nine hits over 6 2/3 innings in a no-decision at Cleveland. It also was a reversal from the last time he faced the Reds, who rocked him for five runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings on May 31.
Reds right-hander Alfredo Simon (12-4) lost for the first time since May 27 and ended a six-game winning streak by allowing four runs (two earned) and five hits in five innings. That marked the third time in 19 starts that Simon did not pitch into the sixth inning.
Left fielder Chris Heisey homered and third baseman Todd Frazier had two hits but right fielder Jay Bruce committed a costly fielding error while striking out three times. The Reds have struck out 23 times in the last two games and lost their first series immediately after the All-Star break for the first time since 2007.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on Beltran's two-out home run off Simon's curveball. They scored an unearned run in the third when Gardner drove in second baseman Brian Roberts, who had reached second when Bruce had a routine fly ball go in and out of his glove.
Gardner hit sacrifice flies in the fifth and sixth innings when the Yankees scored five times. After Gardner's first sacrifice, Jeter made it 4-1 with a single to right field and before the second sacrifice, Johnson drove in two with a base hit against reliever J.J. Hoover that tugged the foul line and was out of first baseman Brayan Pena's range.
NOTES: LHP CC Sabathia spoke about his impending season-ending knee surgery and said that he expects it will take six to eight weeks after next Wednesday's operation before he can resume any kind of activities. … The Yankees announced they signed their first 15 draft picks. Among the notable players who did not sign was Mariano Rivera Jr., who will return to Iona after being a 29th-round selection. … The Reds honored New York SS Derek Jeter by presenting him with signed jerseys of former Cincinnati captains SS Dave Concepcion and Barry Larkin. They also gave him a signed picture of the day he was named captain in June 2003 at Cincinnati.
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