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Urshela comes up clutch as Yankees grind out 14-inning victory

ANAHEIM — In what turned out to be a marathon of a game, the Yankees opened their West Coast trip with a 14-inning, 4-3, victory over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With the win, the Bombers extended their winning streak to four games in a row.

Sporting a line-up that was missing many of the Yankees’ biggest contributors, it was Gio Urshela that stepped up for the squad with key hits and sparkling defensive plays.

In a two-hit night for the Yankee third baseman, he drove in what looked to be the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the 12th inning.

While Aroldis Chapman blew the save in the bottom half of the frame, Urshela came up huge again two innings later with an RBI-single to center field that drove in Gleyber Torres and put the Yankees up for good.

In the unlikeliest of endings, Jonathan Holder struckout a pinch-hitter, pitcher Trevor Cahill, to close the game with the Yankees on top.

Not to be forgotten tonight was a solid outing from left-hander J.A. Happ. Going seven strong and giving up just three hits, his one mistake came in the second inning with a pitch that Jonathan Lucroy took deep for a two-run shot. Still, Happ, who has struggled in the early parts of the season, looks to have turned a corner in his past two starts.

Luke Voit was the early star of this game, hitting one deep to center field off Matt Harvey, for the game’s first run. He also stole a double from Brian Goodwin with a great defensive play in the third inning.

New York had the chance to blow the game open in the third inning against Harvey, but the only run of the frame came across on a Gleyber Torres sac fly.

With the return of Gary Sanchez imminent and Giancarlo Stanton and others looming, Aaron Boone‘s team could be primed for a strong run as others, who are active, have stepped up in their absence.

The four-game set continues tomorrow with Jonathan Loaisiga making a spot start against the struggling Chris Stratton.

Current Yankees Record: 12-10