Nathan Eovaldi threw 5.1 innings, surrendering just one run on seven hits, while striking out three batters in his final start before the season begins. The four relievers that followed gave up just one run on three hits over the final 3.2 innings of the contest.
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With the game scoreless in the fourth inning, Gardner came to bat and hit a ball over the right field fence. It was the only mistake Marlins’ starter Jose Fernandez made, as he gave up just two hits in the game. He did strike out seven Yankees’ batters, including the first three he saw, and four of the first six. It may be only spring training, but he did fan Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury and Alex Rodriguez to start the game.
On the other side, Eovaldi worked into and out of trouble for the first three innings, stranding two runners in each. He settled down for the next two innings, before allowing the first Marlin run.
In the sixth inning, J.T. Realmuto tied the game by singling in Giancarlo Stanton, who singled to lead off the inning. A sacrifice bunt by Justin Bour and a single by former Yankee Martin Prado put Stanton at third base. Eovaldi then walked Adeiny Hechavarria before coming out of the game.
The Marlins added another run in the eighth inning off of Luis Cessa. Cessa, who has been impressive in spring training, walked Miguel Rojas before allowing back-to-back singles to Cole Gillespie and Don Kelly. Chris Johnson then hit a sacrifice fly to right field, allowing Rojas to score. That put the Marlins up 2-1, heading into the ninth inning.
Hicks walked to begin the ninth inning, and Adams hit a home run to put the Yankees up for good. It was the first pitch Adams saw, as he came in to pinch hit for Rodriguez. Adams was claimed by the Yankees from the Kansas City Royals earlier in the offseason.
Nick Goody came into the game and picked up his second save by retiring the Marlins in order.
The teams play again Saturday at 1:10 p.m. at Marlins Park.