NEW YORK — After giving up the lead multiple times throughout the game, Miguel Andujar finally won it for the Yankees with a walk-off single in the ninth to beat the Cleveland Indians, 7-6, on Star Wars Night at Yankee Stadium.
The team’s two rookies played big roles in Friday’s win, while the team’s oldest player, C.C. Sabathia, was stellar from the mound.
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With Sabathia pulled after six innings of scoreless ball, the Indians made damage against the New York bullpen in the eighth.
In the bottom half, however, New York would take the lead back.
With two outs, three straight Yankees would reach base to load them up for Judge. He then walked to force in the go-ahead run. Gregorius popped-out to end the inning.
In the ninth, Cleveland would start another rally, this time off of Aroldis Chapman, who was working in his fourth game in six days.
With Francisco Lindor at-bat, a wild pitch would move the runners up another 90 feet. The shortstop then struck-out to put the Yankees one out away from the victory.
Chapman worked the count to 1-2 on Jason Kipnis but another wild pitch allowed Gomes to score the tying run. An obviously frustrated closer got Kipnis out, but it was after he blew his first save of the season.
After unsuccessfully holding another lead, Giancarlo Stanton immediately gave the Bombers hope with a double to leadoff the frame.
While he was able to get the next two batters out, Neil Walker would work a walk to pass the baton to Andujar.
The third baseman then fought off an Allen pitch and dropped in a single to right field to bring home the winning run for the Yankees.
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This was another good win for New York as they continue to win against legitimate World Series contenders.
Current Yankees Record: 22-10