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Deivi Garcia wild but effective in outing against Phillies

Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia deliver during the

Yankees starting pitcher Deivi Garcia deliver during the first inning of a spring training game against the Phillies in Tampa, Fla., on March 19. Credit: AP/Gene J. Puskar

TAMPA, Fla. — Deivi Garcia’s stuff was electric Friday night. It was hard for him to control and harder for the Phillies to hit.

The 21-year-old righthander walked four, struck out two and did not allow a hit in three shutout innings in the Yankees’ 4-1 loss at Steinbrenner Field.

Garcia, who left after 56 pitches (32 strikes), is battling Domingo German for the fifth starter job. German has not allowed a run in nine innings.

Garcia, who has an ERA of 1.64 in four starts, walked three of the first four batters to load the bases. After a mound visit by pitching coach Matt Blake, he got Odubel Herrera to fly out to shallow left and struck out Andrew Knapp looking.

Garcia walked Matt Joyce to open the second but recovered to retire the next six Phillies.

"When you find yourself in an outing like that and you end up walking some guys, you have to find a way to execute and get out of those jams," Garcia said through an interpreter. "The learning experience, how to navigate that, it’s a key there."

Aroldis Chapman, Darren O’Day, Chad Green and Justin Wilson each threw a hitless inning as the Yankees took a no-hitter into the eighth. Ex-Yankee Ronald Torreyes broke it up with a leadoff single off Luis Garcia.

In the Yankees’ previous game on Wednesday against Toronto, starter Jordan Montgomery threw five no-hit innings.

The Phillies scored four runs in the ninth off relievers Kyle Barraclough and Reggie McClain to snap the Yankees’ eight-game winning streak.

The go-ahead run scored when McClain dropped a throw back from catcher Rob Brantly after a pitch and the ball trickled away. McClain was charged with an error.

Kluber update

Corey Kluber, who threw about 60 pitches in live batting practice on Thursday, said he was happy with "a good day’s work."

"I do feel like I’m in a good spot with where I’m at," the former two-time American League Cy Young Award winner said. "Delivery-wise, the way the I feel like the ball is coming out of my hand, reactions I’m getting and stuff. With the missed time the last couple of years, it’s more game reps. Getting in game situations will be good for me. But for where we’re at right now, I think I’m in a pretty good spot."

Extra bases

The Yankees optioned Mike Ford, Thairo Estrada, Albert Abreu and Brooks Kriske to Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. Ford’s demotion appears to make it more likely that Jay Bruce will make the team . . . Michael King will make his second start on Saturday night against the Orioles in Sarasota on what would have been German’s turn. Boone said the plan was always to give German an extra two days off before his next outing . . . King will be opposed by former Mets ace Matt Harvey, who is trying to make the Orioles and has a 7.50 ERA . . . Gerrit Cole will face the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Sunday. That’s the same team Cole will face on Opening Day. Aaron Boone said he expects him to pitch to Kyle Higashioka, who is sidelined with side soreness. The Yankees had pinpointed Saturday for Higashioka’s return, but Boone said he wanted Gary Sanchez to play Friday and Saturday.

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