NEW YORK (AP) — As his line drive landed safely in left field, Jose Trevino tossed his bat aside and broke into a big smile on the way to first base.
Come on out and celebrate, he waved to Yankees teammates hopping over the dugout railing.
At last, a hit in extra innings! And all it took was one.
Trevino finally snapped a stalemate in the 13th with a pinch-hit single Friday night that gave New York a 2-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
“I was just ready — whenever,” Trevino said. “We just needed one hit.”
Gleyber Torres homered for the Yankees in the fourth, but neither team managed a hit after the ninth until Trevino came off the bench following an intentional walk to Aaron Hicks and delivered with two outs and runners at second and third.
Batting for fellow catcher Kyle Higashioka, Trevino laced a 1-1 sinker from Alec Mills (0-1) over shortstop to give the major league-leading Yankees (42-16) their ninth victory in 10 games.
“Every time he gets an opportunity to do something for the team, he does,” Torres said. “He showed tonight.”
Jason Heyward hit his first home run this season for the Cubs, making their first visit to Yankee Stadium since April 2014. Chicago (23-34) dropped its fourth straight.
The teams matched Tampa Bay and Baltimore on May 20 for the longest game in the majors this season by innings.
Luis Severino struck out 10, including five of his first six batters, and provided six innings of one-run ball to steady a strong Yankees rotation coming off three uncharacteristically rugged outings in Minnesota.
Severino raised his arms and clapped into his glove when center fielder Aaron Judge saved at least one run and probably two with a diving catch to end the third.
Moments earlier, Torres was positioned…