Andrew Miller recorded a save in Wednesday's victory over Oakland, but not before he made things interesting in his return from the disabled list.
Miller entered the game in the ninth inning with a three-run lead, before allowing a two-run home to Marcus Semien. The lefty also saw the tying run reach second base but was able to preserve the Yankees' 5-4 win.
Miller said he did not feel any rust despite not pitching since June 9. "I felt really crisp, I felt really sharp," said Miller, who was activated Wednesday after a left forearm injury landed him on the DL.
After Semien hit the home run off a 94-mph fastball, Miller struck out Billy Burns and induced a grounder to third from Stephen Vogt. On a potential game ending play, third baseman Gregorio Petit made a low throw that Mark Teixeira could not scoop, allowing Vogt to take second.
With the tying run at second, Petit got another chance on a slow grounder, making the play to retire Ben Zobrist and lock down Miller's 18th save of the season.
"That was a heck of a play to finish the game, especially after the play before," Miller said. "To be able to step up and do that is huge. It was a heck of a play on his and on [first baseman Mark Teixeira's] end."
Said Joe Girardi of Miller: "I thought he did a pretty decent job. "It looked like he made a mistake with his fastball, but he's had one outing in the last month or so, so I didn't expect him to be perfect."
Miller has been one of the top relievers in baseball this season. He has a 1.65 ERA and is second among big league relievers with 14.5 strikeouts per nine innings.
"I would've liked to have been a little bit more efficient, and throw fewer pitches so I can be available . . . next time out," Miller said. "Sometimes it doesn't go that way. I felt like I was executing pitches really the whole time."