Dellin Betances entered to start the eighth inning of Thursday night's game against the Rays with the Yankees up 3-2, and proceeded to issue a walk and allow a single -- putting runners on the corners with none out.
He then struck out Kevin Kiermaier and Evan Longoria before getting Brad Miller to ground out to end the threat.
It was Betances' first appearance since this past Sunday.
"I was upset I walked the leadoff guy," Betances said, according to the NY Post. "I told myself, 'I can't let this guy score.' I've got to do the best I can and make pitches, stay as calm as I can and be smart in that situation."
After Betances escaped the jam, Aroldis Chapman nailed down the save in the ninth inning.
"He has the ability to strike people out," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said about Betances. "At [that] point [first and third and nobody out], you know you need strikeouts. After you get the first one you say, 'Maybe a double play would work.' And he gets another strikeout."
Betances, 29, has allowed one run on three hits while walking two and striking out five in 3 1/3 innings (four appearances) this season.