KANSAS CITY, Missouri – DJ LeMahieu led the 11th inning with an RBI brace and the New York Yankees, after losing four late leads, finally held off to the spirited Kansas City Royals 8-6 on Monday night.
Brett Gardner produced three runs for the Yankees, including two on an infield single in the 11th, which made it 8-5.
But the Royals, who tied the score in each of the previous four innings, once again refused to come down easily. They secured a two-strikeout RBI single from pinch hitter Edward Olivares and brought the potential winning run to home plate before Carlos Santana took to the ground to end a game that lasted 4 hours and 52 minutes.
“I’m just proud that on a scorching night they kept coming,” said Yankees manager Aaron Boone.
Wandy Peralta won his third major league stoppage – the first two have come with San Francisco this season.
Luke Voit, activated from the injured list on Sunday, broke a scoreless tie with an RBI single in the seventh and hit a decisive homer in the ninth for New York. Aaron Judge scored a single in the eighth to make it 2-1.
“It was a chore,” said Voit, “but it was the definition of a team win. Everyone on the roster card did the job. Obviously we had ups and downs. low in the game, but we kept fighting. ”
Kansas City became the first team since 1900 to erase a deficit in the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th innings of a game, according to STATS.
“I won’t tire of saying how good these guys play the game and how great a job they do at defending themselves all the time,” manager Mike Matheny said. “It’s unique, and the mark of professionals. Unfortunately, we had too big a gap in this last (round).
The Yankees had singles runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but the Royals continued to respond. Ryan O’Hearn’s sacrifice fly in the seventh, Andrew Benintendi’s single in the eighth and Nicky Lopez in the ninth each tied the score.
New York pushed back two in the 10th on a sacrifice volley from Kyle Higashioka and a single from Gardner. Kansas City equalized once again on a fly sack from Jarrod Dyson and a single from Hanser Alberto.
Clay Holmes (4-2) took the victory. Greg Holland (2-5) suffered the loss.
Giancarlo Stanton’s 122 mph double play in the first inning tied his own mark for the fastest exit speed of a ball put into play in the StatCast era.
None of the starters made a decision. Carlos Hernandez of Kansas City allowed one run and five hits in 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and pulled out three. Jameson Taillon allowed an unearned run and four hits over six innings. He took out four and walked two.
The game was delayed early in the fourth when home plate umpire Brian Knight left the game. Pat Hoberg, who was on third base, moved behind the plate. No reason was given for Knight’s departure.
Yankees INF Gleyber Torres was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left thumb. Boone said the team “got some good news (Sunday night). We feared it was more serious. Right now it’s a sprain. The initial thought is 10-20 days.
Torres’ place on the list was taken by INF Andrew Velazquez, who was bred by Triple-A Scranton / Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees have also recalled RHP Nick Nelson from Triple-A to replace RHP replacement Luis Gil, who was sent back to Scranton / Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s game.
The Yankees send LHP Nestor Cortes Jr. (0-0, 2.15 ERA) to the mound for Game 2 of the series on Tuesday night. Cortes will make his fifth start and 13th appearance for New York in 2021. He has faced the Royals twice in his career – both in relief – and pitched 6 2/3 innings scoreless.
Kansas City versus with Daniel Lynch (2-3, 6.00). He’s 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA since being recalled from Triple-A Omaha on July 25.
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