Former Yankees right-hander Zach McAllister gave up five hits and four runs over 5 2-3 innings, though only one run was earned. McAllister, acquired in mid-August as the player to be named in the trade that sent veteran outfielder Austin Kearns from the Cleveland Indians to New York, walked one, struck out four, but yielded three homers.
Trailing 4-0 in the bottom of the sixth, the Clippers scored twice. Ezequiel Carrera hit a leadoff single and one out later stole second. He scored on an opposite-field homer to right by Wes Hodges.
The Clippers scored one run apiece in the seventh and eighth innings -- but left the bases loaded each time.
Carlin doubled to start the seventh. Josh Rodriguez walked and both runners were bunted ahead by Jose Constanza. Carrera walked to load the bases and Cord Phelps walked to force in a run. Both Hodges and Drew Sutton struck out to end the rally.
Jerad Head hit a one-out double to get Columbus started in the eighth. Carlin walked and after pinch-hitter Argenis Reyes was called out on strikes, Constanza walked to load the bases. This time, Carrera drew a run-scoring walk, but Phelps was called out on strikes to leave the score 4-4.
Veteran closer Saul Rivera worked a scoreless ninth but yielded a leadoff walk to Reid Gorecki, who promptly stole second base for the third time in the game. Kevin Russo's RBI single put the Yankees ahead, 5-4.
Columbus tried to rally in the bottom half against former Kent State star John Van Benschoten. Carlin drew a leadoff walk and was bunted to second by Reyes. Constanza lined out to third and Carrera drew the Clippers' 12th walk of the game, but Phelps flied out to left to end it.
Aaron Laffey worked 1 1-3 scoreless innings and Jess Todd pitched a perfect eighth, fanning two, out of the Clippers bullpen.