Hitting the Els out of it: In the fifth, Ellsbury unlocked a 2-2 game with a two-run homer. It was his seventh of the year.
Pitching in: David Phelps continues to pitch well. On Friday, he went 6⅓ innings, allowing three runs (two earned). He gave up two solo homers among his six hits. He struck out seven and walked just one.
Dealin': All-Star Dellin Betances protected a one-run lead by recording the final two outs of the seventh, stranding a runner on second. Of Betances' five outs, three were strikeouts. He did not allow a hit or walk.
D-Rob: David Robertson picked up his 24th save.
Toe tapping: A little more than a week before the All-Star break, hitting coach Kevin Long had a talk with McCann. There was too much wasted movement, Long said, including an extraneous toe tap. McCann was receptive to the adjustments, finishing the first half by going 12-for-33 (.364).
To begin the second half, McCann nailed an RBI double to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead in the first.
Belting Beltran: Fresh off the DL, Beltran nailed a two-out, RBI single in the third to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. Beltran was on the seven-day concussion list but said he didn't think he ever had a concussion. He said the team was just being careful.
A little help, please: After Beltran gave Phelps the lead, Phelps' defense gave it back. Fielding errors by Brian Roberts and Jeter led to a run and a tie game after 3½ innings.
Gardner hit: Brett Gardner was hit on his left foot by a fastball. He stayed in the game and scored the Yankees' first run on McCann's double.
Long balls: The Reds' Brayan Pena hit two solo shots, one in the third and another in the seventh -- both off Phelps.
On deck: A quick turnaround with a 1:05 p.m. start Saturday. Brandon McCarthy (0-1, 1.35 ERA) matches up against Alfredo Simon (12-3, 2.70). McCarthy is 0-2 with a 14.73 ERA in three appearances (two starts) against the Reds.