NEW YORK (AP) — Only three weeks into May, this one was a classic worthy of October.
Gleyber Torres homered late and singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the New York Yankees — moments after turning a clutch triple play — beat the Chicago White Sox 2-1 Friday night following one of the most dominant displays of starting pitching in major league history.
White Sox lefty Carlos Rodón and counterpart Jordan Montgomery combined for 24 strikeouts during the first game since 1900 in which both starters had at least 10 punchouts while permitting no runs or walks, according to Stats.
“It was a heck of a game,” Rodón said. “Two very good teams in the AL, two playoff contenders. And I mean, you got the feel of it tonight with the game that was just played and the atmosphere.”
After arriving at Yankee Stadium with the American League’s best record, Chicago put two runners on to open the ninth against closer Aroldis Chapman (3-0) in a tension-filled game that offered a little bit of everything.
Prized rookie Andrew Vaughn hit a sharp grounder toward third, where Gio Urshela stepped on the bag and went around the horn. Second baseman Rougned Odor’s throw just nipped Vaughn and suddenly ended the inning as first baseman Luke Voit made a long stretch.
Chapman, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 18 appearances this year, pumped a fist and smiled wide coming off the mound.
“So exciting,” he said through a translator. “It’s one of those plays that you don’t see every day.”
Aaron Judge singled leading off the bottom half against Evan Marshall (0-2), who pitched out of a major jam in the eighth by getting a line-drive double play. Judge went to second on Urshela’s single and slid safely across the plate after Torres ripped a sharp single through the left side for his…
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