Philip Hughes may have been promoted, but Alan Horne showed there's still some pitching on the Tampa Yankees.
Horne pitched five innings and combined with two relievers on a one-hitter Friday night as the Yankees defeated the Clearwater Threshers, 4-1, at Bright House Networks Field.
Hughes made five starts for Tampa before moving up to the Eastern League. A day after the New York Yankees top pitching prospect made his Double-A debut, Horne (1-1) limited the Threshers to an unearned run on one hit.
The 23-year-old right-hander struggled with his control, walking four and striking out four, but lowered his ERA to 4.33. Chase Wright followed with three hitless innings, issuing one walk and fanning four. Gerardo Casadiego breezed through a perfect ninth for his fifth save.
Tampa never trailed after Matt Carson hit his fifth homer with two outs in the top of the first inning. Brett Gardner tripled in a run in the third and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eduardo Nunez to make it 3-0.
Clearwater got its lone run in the bottom of the third, when Brian Burgamy singled, stole second, moved up on a groundout and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Luis Nunez.
Gardner singled in an insurance run in the fifth and finished 3-for-4.
Threshers starter James Happ (1-3) went seven innings and gave up four runs on seven hits with a walk and six strikeouts. Clearwater has lost eight of its last 10 games.
Daren Smith is a staff writer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.