Giancarlo Stanton went 4-for-5 with two RBIs and Aaron Hicks went 2-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run home run as the Yankees rebounded from losing in a suspended game earlier Monday with a 4-2 win over the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. >> Box score
Things to know about Monday's game
1) Stanton his first four-hit game since May 13, hitting an RBI single in the first inning and an RBI double in the seventh to give New York a two-run lead.
2) Hicks crushed his ninth home run of the season when he hit a 3-1 Erick Fedde sinker to deep right-center field that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning.
3) Jonathan Holder pitched out of a two-on, no-out jam he inherited from Sonny Gray in the sixth inning to help the Yankees win for the 14th time in their last 18 games. After Gray allowed a walk and a single to put runners on the corners, Holder struck out Mark Reynolds on 12 pitches, Daniel Murphy on three pitches and got Pedro Severino to pop out to end the inning.
4) Gray (5-4) struck out seven batters and allowed two runs and six hits in five-plus innings, while Fedde (0-2) gave up three runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.
5) Aroldis Chapman pitched out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth inning by striking out Adam Eaton and getting Trea Turner to fly out to right for his 21st save of the season.
6) The Yankees went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.
This one had a bit more of a normal feel to it, including a Yankees' win.
After playing the rest of a suspended game with some wacky occurrences and suffering the loss, the Yankees used a decent pitching performance from Gray while the end-game relievers shined once again. In four innings, the Yankees' bullpen allowed one hit, two walks and struck out eight, which included Dellin Betances striking out the side.
At one point not that long ago, I suggested the Yankees may need to look into a relief pitcher in addition to the much anticipated starting pitcher. They may very well add to the bullpen, but they no longer look as though they have to considering the work that Betances has been putting together and the emergence of Holder, who has not allowed an earned run since April 21 (20 appearances, 22 IP) when he returned from a mini demotion.
Highlights from Monday's game
The Yankees begin a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
Domingo German (1-4, 5.23 ERA) will face Marco Gonzalez (7-3, 3.42 ERA) in the series opener at 7:05 p.m.