The Yankees outlasted the Pirates, 6-5, at George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday. >> Box Score
Six things to know about Sunday's game...
1. Brett Gardner continued his hot spring with two more base hits to raise his Grapefruit League average to .429. With Aaron Hicks still sidelined, Gardner started the game in center field.
2. The Yankees demonstrated patience across the lineup in the fourth inning, drawing four consecutive walks to plate a run. Aaron Judge led off the frame against Francisco Liriano, who issued all of the free passes. Giancarlo Stanton and Greg Bird followed before Gleyber Torres drew the final walk of the sequence.
3. Troy Tulowitzki could have significantly added to the damage in the fourth, but he bounced into a double play that scored a run nonetheless. He also struck out twice to lower his spring average to .176 and has fanned in nine of his last 12 at-bats.
Troy Tulowitzki is hitless in his last 12 at-bats, with nine strikeouts.- Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 10, 2019
Aaron Boone: "Just a little late. That's a result of, you miss a year and a half and you face some big-time velocity. He'll get there. I'm convinced of that, timing wise, but that's what it is."
4. Adam Ottavino looked dominant out of the bullpen, striking out the side in his lone inning of work. Aroldis Champman delivered a scoreless inning as well, and Jonathan Holder and Tommy Kahnle each tossed 1 1/3 frames without allowing a run. However, Dellin Betances' struggles continued. The right-hander allowed two runs on two hits and a walk while recording one out.
5. J.A. Happ started and allowed three earned runs over four innings on five hits, two of which were homers. Jung Ho Kang and Francisco Cervelli went back-to-back with solo shots in the third.
6. Zack Zehner clubbed a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth to give the Yankees a one-run lead, which held as the final score.
The Yankees are off Monday before taking on the Orioles on Tuesday at 6:35 p.m.