MIAMI — The never-wrong boxscore will show the Yankees beat Derek Jeter’s lowly Marlins, 2-1, in 12 innings on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
That is a fact because Miguel Andujar’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly to left scored Kyle Higashioka from third and lifted the Yankees to a fourth straight victory that was witnessed by 26,275 who welcomed Giancarlo Stanton back to South Florida with a warm reception.
The marathon win had an expensive tax, however, because Aroldis Chapman left in the 12th after walking Isaac Galloway leading off and throwing a ball to Rafael Ortega. Chapman signaled to the dugout with his glove and trainer Steve Donohue came to the mound and left with the All-Star closer who has pitched through a left knee problem for a while.
Tommy Kahnle replaced Chapman and retired two batters before Galloway was thrown out trying to steal second base for the final out of the game.
The victory enabled the Yankees to reduce the AL East-leading Red Sox advantage to eight games because Boston lost to the Indians. The last time the Yankees’ deficit was eight games was on Aug. 9.
Nevertheless, without Chad Green’s impressive escape act in the home ninth and A.J. Cole’s in the 11th, the Yankees would have started a six-game road trip against the bottom feeders of baseball — the Marlins and Orioles — on a bitter note.
Green, the Yankees’ fourth pitcher, started the home ninth by walking J.T. Realmuto. Brian Anderson followed with a single to right that moved Realmuto to third easily when Stanton’s throw was wide of the base.
With runners at the corners, nobody out and the Yankees’ infield in, Derek Dietrich struck out on a 3-2 pitch. Former Yankee Starlin Castro was intentionally walked to load the bases for Austin Dean. Green struck him out which allowed the infielders to return to normal depth for JT Riddle. Second baseman Neil Walker moved toward second to field Riddle’s grounder and force Dean at second to send the game into the 10th inning.
Cole loaded the bases without an out in the 11th and retired the next three Marlins to get the game into the 12th.
Higashioka opened the 12th with a single off Javy Guerra and Brett Gardner walked. After Stanton struck out, Aaron Hicks was hit with a pitch that loaded the bases for Andujar, whose fly ball to left field was deep enough to score Higashioka.
Marlins starter Pablo Lopez allowed nine baserunners in six innings but only one run because the Yankees went hitless in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position against him.
The only run allowed by the right-hander scored in the fourth on Walker’s RBI single.
Masahiro Tanaka worked six innings and gave up a homer to Dean leading off the fifth. He allowed four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Zach Britton took over for Tanaka to start the seventh and fell behind, 3-0, to Dietrich before retiring him on a grounder to Gleyber Torres at short. Britton caught Castro looking and got Dean to ground out in front of the plate.
Dellin Betances followed Britton to open the eighth and gave up a soft single to left by Riddle. Magneuris Sierra’s bunt to Betances moved Riddle to second for pinch-hitter Miguel Rojas. Betances got rid of him with three pitches and a strikeout for the second out.
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