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Betances: Tough outing is learning experience

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SEATTLE -- As disappointed as Dellin Betances was to watch Dustin Ackley's game-tying line drive find some outfield grass in Tuesday's 3-2 Yankees win, the right-hander said that he can use the outing as something to build on.

"This is what makes you a better pitcher, games like these," Betances said. "You never want to give up the lead, but games like these always help you the next time out. I felt great. I was off a little mechanically, working side to side, but I was glad I was able to keep the game tied and give us a chance."

The Mariners evened the score in the seventh as Betances hit Mike Zunino, uncorked a wild pitch and then allowed a hit to Ackley that eluded Brian Roberts' leaping stab at second base by a few inches.

Betances recovered after an infield hit to strike out Willie Bloomquist, ending the inning, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that he has seen flashes of growing maturity from the 25-year-old.

"I think what you've seen is, if he does happen to give up a run, he's able to stop it there and it doesn't snowball," Girardi said. "If he's struggling a little bit with his command, he finds it quicker than maybe he used to."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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