As George Harrison sang, all things must pass.
And an impressive Yankees streak has passed because the bullpen failed.
Yankees relievers had not allowed a run in 31 innings entering Friday night’s series opener against the Giants. The Yankees won, 3-2, but the streak ended at 31 2⁄3 innings.
The back end of the bullpen, which has been dominant all season, was the culprit.
Dellin Betances (2.63 ERA) surrendered one run with two outs in the seventh and Andrew Miller (1.49 ERA) did not let the next streak get too lengthy. He allowed one run with two outs in the eighth, nearly spoiling a game in which the Yankees led 2-0 through six innings against Giants ace Madison Bumgarner.
“You don’t see it very often, so I think what happens is we’re a little bit shocked,” manager Joe Girardi said. “But I’m going to bet on them every time.”
Chase Headley scored the winning run on an eighth-inning throwing error and Aroldis Chapman locked down the save with three straight outs after Gregor Blanco doubled leading off the ninth.
After six scoreless innings from Masahiro Tanaka, Betances got two outs in the seventh but spiked a fastball with Jarrett Parker on third. The ball skipped past Austin Romine and Parker scored easily to cut the Yankees’ lead to 2-1.
Betances was far from sharp, walking Parker to start the seventh and allowing a double to Denard Span with two outs. After Parker scored, Betances fell behind Angel Pagan, 3-and-0. But he had the green light and rolled over a fastball, bouncing it to Mark Teixeira who stepped on first to end the inning.
“I think the leadoff walk frustrates you more, and the wild pitch [rather than the hit],” Betances said. “Once in a while, they’re going to get hits like that. I still had a chance there and I threw a wild pitch.”
Girardi summoned Miller to protect a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning.
Miller allowed a single to Trevor Brown with one out and struck out Brandon Crawford. But Grant Green delivered a pinch hit single that sent Brown to third.
Miller got ahead of Mac Williamson, 0-and-2, but the righthanded pinch hitter laid off three straight tempting sliders that nearly came back across the outside corner. With the count full, Williamson laced an RBI double over Brett Gardner’s head in leftfield.
Miller struck out former Yankees reserve Ramiro Pena to end the frame.