WASHINGTON (AP) — Tyler Austin hit a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly as the Yankees rallied from a three-run deficit, and Tuesday nights game between New York and the Washington Nationals was suspended with the score 3-3 after 5½ innings because of rain.
The teams waited for more than an hour but play did not resume. The game is scheduled to continue at 5:05 p.m. Wednesday before the finale of the two-game interleague series.
New York entered with the best record in the major leagues at 28-12 after a 19-3 spurt. Following a 7-2 homestand, the Yankees started a stretch that has them play 19 of their next 25 games on the road.
Washington built a 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka when Anthony Rendon homered in the first, and Andrew Stevenson hit a run-scoring single in the second and scored on Pedro Severinos double.
Austin homered in the fourth and hit a sacrifice fly in the fifth to drive in Giancarlo Stanton, who had singled for his 1,000th hit. Austin was playing his 20th game at first base for the Yankees this year but could be sent to the minor leagues later this month when Greg Bird returns from the disabled list.
Tanaka allowed four hits in five innings, and Gonzalez gave up six hits and four walks in five innings before Wander Suero relieved.
Yankees: New York recalled OF Clint Frazier from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated RHP David Hale for assignment. Frazier sustained a concussion in a Feb. 26 spring training game after playing in 39 games for the Yankees last season. He hit .323 with four homers and five RBIs in 16 games for Scranton and Class A Tampa. Hale was claimed off waivers April 26 from Minnesota and was 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA in two games with the Yankees.
Nationals: OF Adam Eaton (arthroscopic surgery on left ankle) said he wants to return in six weeks. He was slated to get his cast removed Tuesday and hopes to begin hitting and throwing within a week. . 2B Daniel Murphy (right knee surgery) is in West Palm Beach, Florida, and will begin playing minor league games soon, manager Dave Martinez said.
Yankees: LHP CC Sabathia (2-0, 2.23 ERA) starts the scheduled game Wednesday. He is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA in three starts against Washington but has not faced the Nationals since 2009.
Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer (7-1, 1.69) has held opponents to a .116 batting average in four starts at home this season.
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