Andy Pettitte recorded his first Major League Baseball win since coming out of retirement as the New York Yankees topped the Cincinnati Reds 4-0 in interleague play.
Pettitte, 39, last won a game on July 8, 2010, in a 3-1 Yankees victory against the Seattle Mariners. After recovering from a groin injury, he posted a 5-2 win over the Minnesota Twins in the American League Division Series on Oct. 7 that year before retiring.
Pettitte, 39, ended his one-season retirement in March and rejoined the Yankees May 13 in New York, taking a 6-2 loss against the Mariners after working his way back into shape in the minor leagues.
Pettitte (1-1) went eight innings tonight at Yankee Stadium, allowing four hits, while walking one and striking out nine for a 2.51 earned run average. He threw 115 pitches, including 78 strikes.
Alex Rodriguez drove in Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning while Robinson Cano added a solo home run and Raul Ibanez contributed a two-run homer in the eighth inning.
Bronson Arroyo (2-2) gave up four runs on nine hits with one walk and four strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings.
Pettitte went 11-3 with a 3.28 earned run average in 21 starts during his last season for the Yankees in 2010, when he was limited by a groin injury in the second half.
The left-hander retired before the 2011 season, saying he didn’t have the hunger to play even though his pitching arm felt fine. He didn’t rule out a return at the time and on March 16 this year signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Yankees.
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