The Yanks took a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, squandered it, but scored 3 in the top of the 9th to beat Houston 6-5.
The win is the Yanks 12th in their last 13 games and puts them at 21-10. As I write this, Boston is down 11-5 in the eighth so Boston’s lead over the Yanks looks like it will drop to one game.
The Yanks struck first. In the second, Sanchez walked, Walker was HBP, and Andujar singled. Torreyes singled in a run and Torres got a SF.
In the third, with one out, Gregorius doubled. With two out, Sanchez walked and Walker singled in a run, 3-0.
Tanaka was solid through six, but he and Chad Green faltered in the seventh, giving up 4 runs.
Green gave up a HR in the eighth, and the Yanks entered the ninth down 5-3.
Walker walked. Andujar singled and Hicks, pinch-hitting for Torreyes, singled. Bases loaded and no one out. Torres singled in two, and with one out, Judge hit into a FC (Altuve messed up trying to throw for the DP) and the run scored to make it 6-5.
In came Chapman. Two easy outs and then a strikeout but a WP let the runner on when the game should have been over. A single. Things getting scary but Chapman then struck out Altuve to end the game.
Didi 2 hits.
Andujar 2 hits.
Torres 3 RBI.
Tanaka 6+ IP, 3 R, 5 H, 0 W, 5 K. 4.39
Green (BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1 HR given up. 2.35
Shreve (W, 1-0, 0.75) 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K.
Chapman (S, 7) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.29
Bird should start some rehab games on Monday.
He didn’t announce his retirement, but Ichiro goes into Seattle’s front office and could come back next year (Spoiler alert: Seattle opens next year against the A’s in Japan. A couple of games (the last ones) in Japan then the official retirement?)