Luis Robert leads the winning run in 9th, giving the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 victory over the New York Yankees – The Denver Post

The Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees were tied at the bottom of the ninth Saturday at the Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tim Anderson represented the potential winning run for the Sox at second base.

Some hitters may try to do a lot to produce for a team in these circumstances. But Luis Robert showed patience, waiting for the right pitch to attack the Yankees’ closest Aroldis Chapman.

Robert caught three balls and a kick. Then he got his shot, ripping a single to the right. Anderson scored before Aaron Judge’s pitch, giving the Sox a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of 32,830.

“I was trying to get in early with your fastball,” Robert said through an interpreter, of his approach to the situation. “I was trying to make contact.”

It was the second game-ending hit of Robert’s career. The first came during his rookie season when he hit a home run on August 30, 2020 against the Kansas City Royals.

“That was better,” said Robert. “I was more excited, fans here against the Yankees. After two defeats, this one was very good.”

The Sox lost the first two games of the series, allowing for 25 combined runs.

Dallas Keuchel gave the Sox a shooting boost on Saturday, spreading four hits in five shoutout innings. He knocked out three and walked three on 86 shots.

“We made our fair share of mistakes the first few nights (of the series) and they capitalized a lot on that,” Keuchel said. “I felt that if I could make a few shots and execute early, I would have a good chance. It’s fun to play against a team like that with the way they’re swinging the clubs and the depth of their lineup, they can switch a few guys every night it seems.

“They keep rolling. But we are also a good team.”

Keuchel followed a strong game against the Boston Red Sox with one against the Yankees. He made six innings on May 8 at Fenway Park, a season-best, allowing two runs in six hits in a 3–2 win.

Wednesday’s postponed game against the Cleveland Guardians delayed its start by a day. He was ready for the team with the best record in baseball.

“He’s spent his entire career pitching good teams, rights and lefts,” said Sox coach Tony La Russa. “He beat a good team in Boston. They are good. When he executes his throws, he has a lot of weapons.”

Keuchel landed a double-play grounder to end the first. It was the first time in the series that the Sox did not allow a run in the first.

The Sox did the damage the first Saturday. Anderson scored, one of his three hits, and scored in a single by Robert for the first run. Robert extended his hitting streak to 12.

Yoán Moncada scored the goal in the lead of the third.

Keuchel left with a 2-0 lead after Anthony Rizzo dropped to second baseman Josh Harrison with the bases loaded to finish fifth.

“I’m feeling more like myself,” Keuchel said. “I told you (reporters) I was close. I would have liked to have gone a little further tonight. I thought this was my job. I’m a little disappointed with five.

“My job is to go out there and play as much as I can. I thought (86) pitches I had enough for at least six. With how many games we’re playing (17 games in 17 days), I thought I had at least 100 shots tonight. This did not happened. I’m not too happy about it, but that’s the competitor in me and we’re going to have to figure something out (Sunday) because we have a lot more guys now too.”

The reliever Kendall Graveman allowed a hit in two goalless innings.

The Yankees scored once in the eighth against Joe Kelly, and the Sox approached Liam Hendriks with two hits and one out. He eliminated Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres, keeping the score at 2-1.

The Yankees tied the game on a Kyle Higashioka sacrifice in the ninth, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was out trying to advance to third on the play. Moncada cut AJ Pollock’s shot and passed the ball to Anderson, who covered the third and scored Kiner-Falefa for the second of the inning.

“Excellent relay and cut,” said La Russa. “That was huge.”

Anderson scored with an out in the ninth and Moncada walked, bringing in Robert.

“That’s high baseball IQ because you’re not going to come out (Chapman) with a home run, his stuff is too good,” La Russa said. “You have to find a way to put someone on the base. Tim’s base hit was huge, Moncada’s walk, they did a good job taking what he gave, and he’s not going to give you much that you can do major damage.”

Robert found a hole on the right side of the infield and Anderson did the rest, giving the Sox their first walkoff win of the season.

“The first two games they were just better than us,” said Robert. “But today we came prepared and managed to execute and then we reached the top.”

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