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Andrew Miller gives up two-run homer, but nails down save

Andrew Miller and John Ryan Murphy of the

Andrew Miller and John Ryan Murphy of the New York Yankees celebrate after defeating the Oakland Athletics at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, July 8, 2015. Credit: Jim McIsaac

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."

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