Originally posted on Fox Sports Tennessee  |  Last updated 5/18/12
NEW YORK (AP) -- Andy Pettitte pitched eight shutout innings for his first regular-season win since July 2010, leading the New York Yankees over the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 Friday night. Making his second major league start since ending his one-year retirement, the 39-year-old left-hander (1-1) limited the young, free-swinging Reds to four hits -- all singles. With a fastball that reached 90 mph, an excellent cutter and a sharp curve, he struck out nine and walked one, throwing 78 of 115 pitches for strikes. Given a 1-0 lead on Alex Rodriguez's RBI grounder in the fourth, Pettitte pitched well enough to make it stand up. Robinson Cano hit a solo homer off Bronson Arroyo (2-2) in the eighth and Raul Ibanez hit a two-run drive, his eighth homer of the season. Pettitte had been 0-2 in five starts since winning at Seattle on July 8, 2010 -- five days before he pitched in the All-Star game. After missing much of the second half because of a groin strain, he beat Minnesota in Game 2 of the AL division series. In his first start, at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, Pettitte allowed four runs over 6 1-3 innings in a 6-2 loss to Seattle. Boone Logan pitched a perfect ninth, completing the four-hitter as New York stopped a three-game losing streak. Arroyo allowed four runs and nine hits in 7 2-3 innings. New York went ahead when Rodriguez slapped a grounder to shortstop off Arroyo -- not the pitcher's glove, as he infamously did near first base in Game 6 of the AL championship series against Boston. Cano doubled the lead with his fourth homer of the season, a drive into the right-field bleachers. New York again struggled with runners in scoring position. The Yankees were 0 for 7 and are 3 for their last 48 (.063) with RISP. New York loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth on singles by Derek Jeter and Curtis Granderson followed by Cano's walk. Rodriguez grounded to third, where Todd Frazier bobbled the ball before throwing home for the forceout -- replays were unclear when catcher Ryan Hanigan was touching the plate. Ibanez grounded to first, with Joey Votto throwing home for another forceout, and Nick Swisher popped to center. Cincinnati, the first team since interleague play started in 1997 to play at the Mets and Yankees on consecutive days, got an early baserunner when Zack Cozart struck out leading off but the ball kicked off the glove of catcher Chris Stewart, who was catching Pettitte for the first time. Cozart wound up at second on the passed ball and a throwing error by Stewart, who wildly flung the ball well over first baseman Nick Swisher. Cozart took third on Drew Stubbs' sacrifice but was stranded when Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips struck out. After allowing Hanigan's leadoff single in the third, Pettitte struck out the side. NOTES: A day after Donna Summer's death, her rendition of "God Bless America" was played during the seventh-inning stretch. ... New York 1B Mark Teixeira, bothered by a cough since early April, was given the night off. ... New York RHP Ivan Nova (4-1) remains scheduled to start Saturday. If his bruised and sprained right foot gives Nova trouble while warming up, the Yankees would turn to Freddy Garcia. Homer Bailey (1-3) starts for the Reds.
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