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LaMarre's pinch-hit single lifts Yanks over Phils 6-5 in 10

LaMarre's pinch-hit single lifts Yanks over Phils 6-5 in 10

Pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees recovered to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 after blowing a late three-run leadBy LARRY FLEISHER Associated PressJuly 22, 2021, 4:35 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK — Pinch-hitter Ryan LaMarre singled home the winning run in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees recovered to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-5 on Wednesday night after blowing a late three-run lead.Gleyber Torres homered and Rougned Odor had a two-run shot for the short-handed Yankees, who have won four straight and nine of 12 heading into a four-game series at AL East-leading Boston.“It’s a big game tomorrow and we look forward to going and playing those guys,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously it’s a challenge, but I think the guys are really enjoying playing the game right now.”Gary Sánchez, the automatic runner at second base, was sacrificed to third in the 10th and LaMarre batted for Brett Gardner. The Phillies deployed a five-man infield and LaMarre sent a drive off Ranger Suárez (4-2) to the warning track in right field to win it.The outfielder, just brought back from the minors Sunday, was swarmed by excited teammates on the field — and the buttons of his jersey were ripped open in the celebration.“That was awesome,” designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton said. “All he needed was one swing and he did a good job of making sure he stayed inside the ball.”LaMarre’s clutch hit came in his 11th at-bat with the Yankees. It was his second career game-ending hit and New York’s first game-ending pinch hit since Mike Ford homered to beat Oakland on Sept. 1, 2019.“When I saw they brought the infielder in, I was just looking for something out over the plate,” LaMarre said.Brooks Kriske (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th after the Yankees stranded runners at second and third in the ninth.Philadelphia overcame a 5-2 deficit when it sent nine batters to the plate in the eighth against Zack Britton and Nick Nelson. Torres made an error at shortstop, and the Phillies drew four walks.A base hit by Luke Williams off Nelson got the Phillies to 5-4. Philadelphia tied it when Ronald Torreyes scored on a wild pitch, but after walking Bryce Harper to load the bases again, Nelson retired Andrew McCutchen on a flyout to keep the score even.Before squandering another late lead, the Yankees took a 5-2 lead in the seventh against struggling Hector Neris on Stanton’s single and Odor’s home run.Jean Segura hit a leadoff homer and Harper had an RBI double, but the Phillies were 1 for 14 with runners in scoring position and lost consecutive games for the first time since dropping four straight June 20-25. Philadelphia drew a season-high 11 walks.“We didn’t swing it great tonight,” manager Joe Girardi said.Torres homered and Greg Allen hit an RBI double in the fourth for New York.Asher Wojciechowski became the 10th starting pitcher for the Yankees this season and allowed two runs on three hits in four innings. He struck out four, walked three and held the Phillies hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position.Spencer Howard permitted one hit in three scoreless innings for Philadelphia after being called up from Triple-A Lehigh Valley earlier in the day.SHARED LONG NAMEWojciechowski tied infielder Bill Knickerbocker for most letters in a last name in Yankees history. Knickerbocker appeared in 97 games for New York from 1938-40 and played 10 seasons for five teams.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: Harper fouled a ball off his right leg in the ninth before drawing a walk, but Girardi said the slugger would have batted again. Girardi also said Harper will undergo precautionary X-rays. … CF Odubel Herrera (left ankle tendinitis) went 1 for 4 in a rehab game with Lehigh Valley. … OF Mickey Moniak was optioned to Triple-A.Yankees: RHP Jonathan Loaisiga (COVID-19) threw a bullpen and could be activated for this weekend’s series in Boston. Loaisiga said he spent three days working out at a park with LHP Wandy Peralta, who also is on the COVID-19 injured list. Loaisiga was surprised at testing positive and got tested because he was traveling to Nicaragua to visit his family during the All-Star break. … 1B Luke Voit (left knee inflammation) fielded grounders but is still a few days from resuming full baseball activities. … RHP Corey Kluber (strained right shoulder) threw on flat ground and might throw a bullpen Friday.UP NEXTPhillies: LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 5.25 ERA) opens a four-game series Thursday against Atlanta RHP Charlie Morton (8-3, 3.69).Yankees: LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-5, 4.18 ERA) begins a four-game series Thursday at Fenway Park against Boston RHP Tanner Houck (0-2, 3.38).———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Cole, Yankees withstand rain to beat Red Sox 3-1

Cole, Yankees withstand rain to beat Red Sox 3-1

NEW YORK — After a long night and a shortened game that was interrupted several times, the New York Yankees finally have a win over Boston this season.Gerrit Cole struck out 11 and the Yankees beat the Red Sox 3-1 in a contest called after six innings because of heavy rain Saturday.Gary Sánchez and Gleyber Torres hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off Hirokazu Sawamura (4-1) as the Yankees topped their longtime rivals for the first time in eight meetings this year. It was their first victory over Boston in nine tries since Sept. 19.“I thought it was a big win,” Cole said. “I thought out of the seven losses to this point, there were a few games that we were in, maybe even could have finished off with a W.”Cole (10-4) followed up last Saturday’s 129-pitch shutout in Houston by allowing one run and five hits in a six-inning complete game. His seventh double-digit strikeout game this season came nearly three weeks after he allowed three homers to the Red Sox at Fenway Park.“He leaned on a little bit of everything,” Boone said. “I thought his fastball got really, really strong as the outing went on.”The game began 52 minutes late due to a weather delay even though it wasn’t raining and the tarp was not placed on the field.“We started the game knowing that there was rain in the area,” plate umpire Jeff Nelson told a pool reporter. “There was not a 100% forecast either way of what was going to happen.”Play also was halted before the Yankees took a 3-1 lead when a fan threw a ball at Boston left fielder Alex Verdugo and hit him in the back.”It felt like it was targeted towards me and it don’t sit well with me,” Verdugo said.Verdugo began yelling at fans and was restrained by first base coach Tom Goodwin. Red Sox manager Alex Cora briefly pulled his players off the field, and the game resumed after a discussion with umpires near Boston’s dugout.“This is just a game,” Cora said. “It’s a game. It’s not life and death and it’s not this drama, and the fact that people come to the ballpark and they decided to throw a baseball (at) one of the players, I was in shock that that happened.”Verdugo said he threw the ball into the stands to a young Red Sox fan, but a Yankees fan intercepted it and threw it back onto the field and hit Verdugo.“It’s awful, embarrassing, unacceptable,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.There also were four delays for replay reviews and another stoppage when Nelson took a 96 mph fastball from Cole off his mask in the sixth. Nelson was attended to by a Yankees trainer and stayed in the game after a few minutes.As Nelson was getting checked, the rain significantly intensified and Cole paced the mound.The game was delayed by rain for a second time moments after Cole took the mound for the seventh, and called following a 54-minute delay that included lightning and heavy showers.“It got pretty bad there at the end,” Boone said. “I actually ended up walking out with Gerrit and just looked at the umpires like, what are we doing? And actually being out there, it was not good.”Sánchez snapped a 1-all tie with his 16th homer, and the call was upheld via replay review after a fan in the right field seats appeared to reach over the wall. Torres made it 3-1 with his first homer since June 5.DJ LeMahieu hit an RBI single for the Yankees, who were blanked in the first 13 innings of the series.The rain began as Rougned Odor batted in the first inning and was hit by a pitch when Nathan Eovaldi appeared to struggle gripping the ball.Eovaldi allowed one run and two hits in five innings. He struck out seven and walked one.Eovaldi lost his no-hit bid on his 80th pitch when Greg Allen roped an elevated 98 mph fastball into the right-center gap for a double in the fifth. Allen scored when LeMahieu singled to left, but Eovaldi escaped by retiring Giancarlo Stanton for a third time.Christian Arroyo hit an RBI single in the second for the Red Sox.TRAINER’S ROOMRed Sox: LHP Chris Sale threw a bullpen two days after pitching in a game for the first time since Tommy John surgery on March 30, 2020. Sale threw 39 pitches in three scoreless innings for the FCL Red Sox and will make his next rehab start Tuesday for Double-A Portland. … SS Xander Bogaerts (sore left wrist) was held out of the lineup but is expected to play Sunday night.Yankees: RHP Luis Severino was scheduled to face hitters but it was postponed due to rain. Severino will face hitters Sunday and could start a rehab assignment shortly. He has not pitched in the majors since 2019 after having Tommy John surgery, and his return was slowed because of a groin injured sustained June 12 in a rehab appearance. … RHP Corey Kluber (right shoulder strain), who has been throwing from 120 feet, could throw a bullpen by the end of next week. … OF Clint Frazier (vertigo) will see an eye specialist Monday. … LF Tim Locastro exited after the first inning and an MRI showed a torn ACL. He injured his knee crashing into the wall in foul territory to catch a fly ball by Verdugo.UP NEXTLHP Martín Pérez (7-5, 4.04 ERA) starts for Boston against RHP Jameson Taillon (4-4, 4.90) in the series finale Sunday night.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Alonso's homer lifts Mets to doubleheader split with Pirates

Alonso's homer lifts Mets to doubleheader split with Pirates

Pete Alonso homered, Jeff McNeil drove in two runs and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 for a doubleheader splitBy LARRY FLEISHER Associated PressJuly 11, 2021, 3:13 AM• 4 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleNEW YORK — Pete Alonso homered, Jeff McNeil drove in two runs and the New York Mets beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-2 on Saturday night for a doubleheader split.Alonso gave the Mets a 3-1 lead when he connected on a 1-1 fastball from Max Kranick (1-1) with two outs in the third inning. Alonso’s 428-foot solo drive hit a glass window on a club area just inside the left-field foul pole.It was the 17th homer for Alonso, who is defending his All-Star Home Run Derby title on Monday night in Colorado. Alonso won the competition in 2019, and it was canceled last year because of the pandemic.Alonso helped the Mets to the victory in front of 31,924 fans, the club’s largest home crowd since Sept. 28, 2019, when the first baseman hit his 53rd homer to break the rookie record set by Aaron Judge.The Pirates won the opener 6-2 behind five innings and a tiebreaking homer by Tyler Anderson off Marcus Stroman.New York got off to a fast start in the second game when McNeil hit a two-run double in the first. Billy McKinney added a pinch-hit RBI single in the sixth.It was McNeil’s first extra-base hit since he doubled against Tyler Glasnow on May 14 at Tampa Bay. Before giving the Mets a 2-0 lead, McNeil’s previous 16 hits were singles.“I think it’s just getting comfortable at the plate,” McNeil said. “I’m starting to see the ball better and my barrel awareness is back and I’ve been able to shoot some balls all over the field.”The Mets played their 10th of 13 doubleheaders this season. It is their most doubleheaders since playing 13 in 1979.New York is the first team to play at least 10 doubleheaders before the All-Star break since the Toronto Blue Jays in 1978.All-Star Bryan Reynolds hit a two-run homer in the opener and an RBI single in the nightcap for the Pirates, who were trying to sweep a doubleheader from the Mets in New York for the first time since Sept. 10, 1969. Jacob Stallings connected for Pittsburgh in the second game.Mets right-hander Tylor Megill allowed one run and four hits in 3 2/3 innings in the nightcap. Jeurys Familia (4-1) got the final out of the fourth, and Seth Lugo allowed Stallings’ homer in the sixth.Edwin Díaz struck out the side in the seventh for his 19th save in 20 chances. He threw just 10 pitches.“For me this is the best outing I’ve seen him have as a Met,” New York manager Luis Rojas said.Kranick allowed three runs and four hits in three innings. He was Pittsburgh’s 27th man for the doubleheader and was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis after the game.In the opener, Anderson (5-8) won consecutive starts for the second time this season, allowing two runs and six hits. He went winless in an eight-start span from May 15-June 28.The game was tied at 2 when Anderson went deep with two out in the fifth, driving a 1-1 cutter from Stroman (6-7) over the wall in right-center. It was Anderson’s second career homer in 152 at-bats and first since July 9, 2016, for Colorado against Philadelphia.“As soon as I hit it, I was hoping it got over the outfielder’s head,” Anderson said. “And then they were catching home runs earlier in the game. So, once it looked like it had a chance, I was hoping it wouldn’t get caught too.”It was Pittsburgh’s first homer by a pitcher since Steven Brault on Sept. 1, 2019, and the first go-ahead homer by a Pirates pitcher since Gerrit Cole on Aug. 26, 2017.Reynolds was robbed of a home run when Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo made a terrific leaping catch at the wall in the first. But Reynolds easily cleared the fence in right-center on his two-run homer off Trevor May in the sixth.Jonathan Villar homered and Kevin Pillar hit an RBI single for the Mets in the opener.Stroman lost his third straight decision. He was charged with three runs and five hits in five innings.TRAINER’S ROOM:Mets: RHP Carlos Carrasco (strained right hamstring) threw three innings and about 30 pitches in a simulated game. Rojas was particularly impressed with Carrasco’s changeup and said he could start a rehab assignment next week. … 3B/OF J.D. Davis (sprained left hand) is continuing his rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse and could rejoin the team next weekend.UP NEXTRHP Chase De Jong (1-3, 5.08 ERA) starts Sunday for Pittsburgh. The Mets may do a bullpen game or use an opener.

DeGrom's shutout streak ends at 31 innings, Mets top Phils

DeGrom's shutout streak ends at 31 innings, Mets top Phils

NEW YORK — By the middle of his outing, Mets ace Jacob deGrom was struggling to find his mechanics that essentially made him a two-pitch pitcher.“Jake is human, right?” New York manager Luis Rojas said. “So, these things are going to happen.”A less-dominant version of deGrom gave up two runs for the first time this season and the Mets rallied after he exited, beating the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Saturday on Michael Conforto’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning.DeGrom’s bid to set the Mets record for the longest scoreless-inning streak fell just short. His run ended at 31 innings on rookie Nick Maton’s RBI single in the second — R.A. Dickey set the team shutout mark of 32 2/3 innings in 2012.DeGrom allowed three hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one while throwing 88 pitches, his most since tossing 93 against Boston on April 28 in a 1-0 loss.“I got really rotational probably from the fourth on,” deGrom said. “That front side was flying open, kind of lost the feel for the fastball and the slider, but the changeup wasn’t really there all day. So I had to try and battle and find a way to throw it.“I was trying to fix it in the game, but I think me trying to fix it almost made it worse. I was fortunate enough to get out of there with only giving up two runs,” he said.The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner saw his ERA rise from 0.50 to 0.69, still the lowest by any pitcher through 13 starts since earned runs became a statistic in 1913.DeGrom pitched with men on base in three of his six innings but was able to limit the damage. After allowing his first run, deGrom got a groundout from Ronald Torreyes and following his second run, he snagged Luke Williams’ comebacker.Even with the mechanics limiting him to sliders and fastballs, deGrom threw 18 pitches over 100 mph.“He wasn’t happy with how he threw the ball today, giving up two runs through six,” Conforto said. “That’s a pretty high bar, he’s set for himself and we’ve all set for him but he really is that good. When he’s on top of his game, he’s that good.“You might get one off of him but when he has his stuff, good luck and that’s the kind of competitor that he is. He expects that level of play from himself,” he said.DeGrom also got another hit. His single in the fifth was his 12th this year and raised his average to .414.After Mets reliever Edwin Diaz (2-1) allowed the Phillies to take a 3-2 lead on a sacrifice fly by Maton in the ninth, the Mets came back.Travis Blankenhorn reached on a fielding error by first baseman Rhys Hoskins and Billy McKinney drew a walk from Héctor Neris (1-5). Kevin Pillar, who hit a tying, pinch-hit homer in the seventh, had an infield single that went under the diving attempt of third baseman Alec Bohm to load the bases with no outs.Guillorme drew a tying walk from Neris. Francisco Lindor struck out, but Conforto lifted a flyball to center field for the winning run. Neris blew a save chance for the sixth time this season and the Phillies lost a game where they held a lead for the 21st time.“I thought the guys did a good job off of deGrom,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. “We took advantage of some situations and got ourselves in scoring position. Guys got some big hits. But we’ve got to find a way to turn it around.”Andrew McCutchen had a bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the Phillies sixth that made it 2-all. It came after deGrom hit Bryce Harper in the left calf with a changeup, and the Phillies star left the game after the inning.“Got him, like, at the lower part of the calf,” Girardi said. “I’m not sure what I’ll have tomorrow. Just have to wait and see.”The Phillies ended deGrom’s scoreless streak in the top of the second.McCutchen hit a single that deflected off deGrom’s back and into center field, stole second and scored when Maton’s single to right dropped in front of Conforto.It was the first run allowed by deGrom since giving up a homer to Colorado’s Ryan McMahon in the second inning on May 25.The Mets tied the game in the second on Jose Peraza’s double.TRAINER’S ROOMPhillies: SS Didi Gregorius (right elbow impingement) is to play five innings in a rehab game for Triple-A Lehigh Valley and seven innings Sunday. . SS Jean Segura (strained left groin) ran the bases and fielded groundballs Friday. .. C Andrew Knapp was activated off the concussion list.Mets: RHP Marcus Stroman (sore left hip) played light catch Saturday and will start Sunday. … RHP Carlos Carrasco (right hamstring tear) threw a bullpen session just below the edge of the mound for the first time. … RHP Jeurys Famila (right hip impingement) will throw a bullpen session Sunday.UP NEXTFormer Met Zack Wheeler (5-4, 2.36 ERA) will make his sixth start against New York since signing a five-year, $118 million deal in Dec. 2019. Marcus Stroman (6-5, 2.31) starts for the Mets five days after exiting in the first inning with a sore left hip.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports

Urshela takes shard in eye, then hits go-ahead homer

Urshela takes shard in eye, then hits go-ahead homer

NEW YORK — Six innings after a shard of his broken bat hit Gio Urshela in the right eye, he saw a fastball clearly enough to hit a go-ahead home run.Urshela’s eighth-inning drive off Jesus Luzardo landed in the netting above Monument Park beyond center field and helped the New York Yankees rally from a three-run deficit in a 7-5 victory Saturday that stopped the Oakland Athletics’ seven-game winning streak.Urshela’s bat splinted as he grounded into a double play in the second inning.“Obviously, a scary moment there, but they got with him underneath, whether it was drops or whatever, and got the little fraying (out),” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. “Obviously, one of those scary situations initially. But he was OK.”Urshela jogged to first.“I saw just the piece of wood coming to my eyes,” he said. ”I don’t even see the ball and I don’t even see where I was running. Just my eyes started feeling like a little pain, but thank God, I’m good.”Urshela’s presence turned the game.He singled in New York’s first run in the fourth and put the Yankees ahead 5-4 when he turned on a 98.6 mph fastball from Luzardo (2-4). DJ LeMahieu added a two-run single against Sergio Romo.“Luzardo’s a pitcher who throws really hard,” Urshela said. “So I’m trying to stay short and trying to swing (at) a ball in the zone.”Of Urshela’s 36 homers since he joined the Yankees in April 2019, 16 have tied a game or provided a lead.“Gio’s always been a guy, certainly since we had him that in the biggest spots, you love him up there and you love the ball hit to him,” Boone said. “I think it’s a really good player that’s confident in his ability.”Aroldis Chapman struck out Matt Chapman on a 103.4 mph pitch to strand two runners in the ninth. His final pitch was Chapman’s fastest on a strikeout since the 2017 AL wild card game and the fastest on a strikeout of any big league pitcher since Jordan Hicks of St. Louis reached 104.1 mph on April 21, 2019, according to MLB Statcast.“Chapman to Chapman, it was a really explosive matchup,” Oakland shortstop Elvis Andrus said. “He was throwing 103. It’s not that easy to hit that one.”Oakland had built a 4-1 lead off Domingo Germán on solo homers by Tony Kemp and Matt Chapman, and Matt Olson’s two-run single in the fifth.Chris Bassitt had New York largely in check. The first sign he lost composure was in the fifth, when he allowed Clint Frazier’s leadoff double and slammed his glove into the bench several times at the end of the inning.Gary Sánchez homered in the sixth, his 11th this season and fifth in nine games, and New York tied it 4-4 in the seventh against Burch Smith when Frazier doubled again, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton hit RBI singles.Nestor Cortes Jr. escaped a first-and-third, no-outs jam in the fifth and pitched three innings of one-hit relief.Chad Green (2-4) struck out the side in the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman gave up an RBI single to Ramón Laureano before getting his 15th save in 17 chances.Boone was ejected for arguing a pitch on a one-out walk to Mark Canha in the ninth.New York stopped a six-game home losing streak and got its seventh win when trailing in the seventh inning or later, tied for the major league lead.“That was a really exciting game,” Urshela said.Oakland dropped to 34-3 when leading after seven innings and lost for only the third time in 16 games in June.“We were playing a really good offensive team,” Andrus said. “Our bullpen are human beings, too. They’re going to get hit once in a while.”Bassitt gave up two runs and six hits in six innings. He is 6-0 is in his last 13 starts.German allowed four runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.Kemp homered for the second straight game.TRAINER’S ROOMAthletics: OF Stephen Piscotty (strained left wrist) was placed on the 10-day injured list and will see a specialist in Arizona.Yankees: 1B Luke Voit (strained oblique) will be activated Tuesday. … RHP Luis Severino, who exited a rehab start last Saturday with a groin injury, threw from 60 feet in the outfield. Severino is rehabbing from undergoing Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27 last year. … RHP Darren O’Day (strained right rotator cuff) threw a bullpen session and could start a rehab assignment next week.UP NEXTOakland: LHP Sean Manaea (6-2, 2.99 ERA), who is 3-0 with an 0.84 ERA in his last five starts, opposes New York LHP Jordan Montgomery (3-1, 4.20) Sunday.———More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP—Sports