Yankees walk off against White Sox, Dodgers edge Giants

By Sports Desk May 22, 2021

The New York Yankees have been playing baseball since 1903, but their 2-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Friday was unique among those thousands of games. 

For the first time in franchise history, the Yankees turned a triple play and earned a walk-off win in the same game. 

After the White Sox put two runners on with nobody out in the top of the ninth inning, Yankees third baseman Gio Urshela started a triple play - the Yankees' first since 2014 - to end the threat. 

In the bottom of the inning, Gleyber Torres singled to left field to drive home Aaron Judge with the winning run. 

Torres had homered in the seventh to open the scoring after a brilliant pitchers' duel between New York's Jordan Montgomery and Chicago's Carlos Rodon. 

Rodon struck out 13 and allowed just two hits in six innings, while Jordan fanned 11 while allowing four hits in his seven scoreless innings. 

According to Stats Perform, it was the first time in the modern era both starting pitchers had at least 10 strikeouts while allowing no walks and no runs.

 

Bauer, Dodgers edge Giants

Trevor Bauer and two relievers held the San Francisco Giants to just two hits and Chris Taylor's two-run homer proved the difference in a 2-1 Los Angeles Dodgers win Friday. Bauer out-dueled San Francisco starter Alex Wood as the Dodgers won a one-run game for the first time since April 24 after dropping their past six one-run affairs. 

Entering Friday, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Francisco Mejia was one for 13 in his career with the bases loaded, the one hit a walk-off grand slam in September 2018 when he played for the San Diego Padres. He went deep again Friday against the Toronto Blue Jays, with a two-out grand slam in the 12th inning that ended up being enough for a 9-7 Rays win. It was the eighth consecutive victory for Tampa Bay. 

Ronald Acuna Jr and Ehire Adrianza each hit grand slams as the Atlanta Braves mauled the Pittsburgh Pirates 20-1. Atlanta hit seven home runs in total, becoming the first team with at least that many homers, including two grand slams, in MLB history, according to Stats Perform.

Miguel Cabrera hit two home runs, including a seventh-inning grand slam, to help the Detroit Tigers a 7-5 win over the Kansas City Royals. Cabrera has 491 career homers, two away from tying Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff for 28th on the all-time list. 

Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit to the 20 batters he faced in his first start since April 13, leading the Washington Nationals to a 4-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles in his return from a stint on the injured list with shoulder inflammation. 

Jesse Winker had three solo home runs for the Cincinnati Reds in their 9-4 win against the Milwaukee Brewers. 

 

Padres pound Flexen

Seattle Mariners starter Chris Flexen had picked up the win in three of his past four starts entering Friday but could not make it through two innings against the San Diego Padres. Flexen allowed 11 of the 16 Padres he faced to reach base, and eight of them scored on the way to a 16-1 Seattle loss. Flexen's ERA jumped from 3.46 to 5.09 in the process. 

 

Garcia gives Rangers the win

The Texas Rangers blew a 4-1 lead over the Houston Astros by allowing three in the eighth inning, then saw Houston go ahead in the 10th, but Adolis Garcia's walk-off home run gave the Rangers the win over their in-state rivals. It was the rookie's 12th homer of the season. 

 

Friday's results

Boston Red Sox 11-3 Philadelphia Phillies
Washington Nationals 4-2 Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees 2-1 Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins 10-0 Cleveland Indians
New York Mets 6-5 Miami Marlins
Cincinnati Reds 9-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Atlanta Braves 20-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Tampa Bay Rays 9-7 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 7-5 Houston Astros
Detroit Tigers 7-5 Kansas City Royals
Chicago Cubs 12-3 St Louis Cardinals
Colorado Rockies 7-1 Arizona Diamondbacks
Oakland Athletics 8-4 Los Angeles Angels
Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 16-1 Seattle Mariners

 

White Sox at Yankees

The New York Yankees (26-19) will try to extend their winning streak to five games as Gerrit Cole (5-2, 2.03 ERA) takes the mound against Dylan Cease (2-0, 2.41) and the Chicago White Sox (26-17). 

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