Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/20/12

NEW YORK -- Aroldis Chapman got his first opportunity as the Cincinnati Reds' new closer and earned his first save of the season on Sunday as the Reds finished off a comeback win over the New York Yankees.

Slumping Ryan Ludwick broke out with three hits, a home run and three RBIs, and Ryan Hanigan also homered for the Reds, who rallied to beat the Yankees 5-2.

The Yankees had broken a scoreless pitchers' duel to take a 2-0 lead off winning pitcher Johnny Cueto (5-1) in the sixth on a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez. Ibanez finished the series 5-for-12 with two homers and five RBIs.

But other than that, the Yankees' offensive woes continued, as they've lost five of their last six, and have six hits in their last 58 at-bats with runners in scoring position.

That was less of an issue in their final three innings, when the Yankees got only one runner past first base.

The Reds responded with three runs in the seventh to take the lead against losing pitcher CC Sabathia (5-2). They added two runs on Ludwick's double past a diving Dewayne Wise in left against Rafael Soriano.

Before the game, Reds manager Dusty Baker said Chapman was his "No. 1 candidate" to become the closer, replacing Sean Marshall, who allowed two runs and four hits in the ninth inning of Saturday's win.

But Baker said he wouldn't use Chapman on Sunday because the pitcher had thrown Saturday and three out of the past four days, and had not been successful when pitching too frequently in the past.

Yet after Curtis Granderson led off the Yankees' eighth with a single, Baker went to the lefty Marshall, who struck out Robinson Cano. He then used righty Logan Ondrusek, another candidate to close the game. Ondrusek got Alex Rodriguez on a deep fly to left and Ibanez on a pop up to short.

But, even after the Reds opened up a 5-2 lead in the ninth, Chapman came on to pitch a scoreless ninth.

Sabathia outdueled Cueto over the first six innings, but the Reds finally broke out in the seventh, thanks to the homers by Ludwick and Hanigan and a lot of help from the Yankees ace, who uncharacteristically lost his command.

Sabathia allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings, but also walked six.

With two outs and a runner on first, Sabathia walked No. 2 hitter Drew Stubbs, then Joey Votto to load the bases.

Sabathia got ahead of cleanup hitter Brandon Phillips 1-2, but eventually walked him to force in a run and give the Reds a 3-2 lead after a questionable 2-2 pitch was called a ball.

Sabathia dominated the Reds early, holding them hitless until Todd Frazier singled with one out in the fifth. Cueto matched him on the scoreboard as the pitchers each threw shutout innings for the first five innings, but Cueto's defense helped him in the third. As did some fortuitous positioning.

After a single by catcher Chris Stewart, he was running on a 3-2 pitch to Derek Jeter.

Jeter grounded up the middle, right in the path of second baseman Brandon Phillips, who had been running over to cover second. Phillips made a great play, fielding the ball and tagging the base with his glove before throwing from his knees to first baseman Votto. Votto fielded the errant throw and reached back to tag Jeter for a double play.

The play helped avoid a big inning as the next two batters walked before Rodriguez flied out to right.

NOTES: Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira was out of the lineup for the third straight game Sunday as manager Joe Girardi hoped the extended time off would help the persistent bronchial cough that has plagued him for most of the season. Eric Chavez played first in Teixeira's place, but Teixeira pinch-hit for him in the ninth. ... Outfielder Brett Gardner (strained right elbow) was scheduled to see team doctors Sunday, but he will not be able to swing a bat until at least Thursday, Girardi said. ... Shortstop Zack Cozart, who entered the game 1-for-26, returned to the lineup after a day off, but was dropped to ninth from the leadoff spot.

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