Robert RBI hits 9th, Chisox ends Yanks’ 5-game winning streak

CHICAGO – Luis Robert scored Aroldis Chapman to take home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox defeated the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday night, breaking New York’s five-game winning streak.

The Yankees, with the best record in the major leagues, had a total of 25 runs in the first two games of the series. They recovered for the tie run in the ninth inning, but a base run error cost them the chance to score more.

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

With one out in ninth place from Chicago, Tim Anderson scored and Yoán Moncada walked against Chapman (0-1). Robert followed up with his big swing to the right, setting off a lively party on the field.

“Losing Moncada was what he didn’t want to do, but he was aggressive with his stuff,” Yankees coach Aaron Boone said of Chapman.

Moncada scored the goal and Dallas Keuchel played five goalless times for the White Sox, who won eight of 11.

New York had won 19 out of 22.

Anderson finished with three hits and Moncada and Robert added two for the White Sox, who have improved to just 2-9 against the Yankees since June 15, 2019.

“We still have a long season,” Anderson said. “Everyone is still working and trying to get healthy, and we hope to get to where we’re trying to go.

The Yankees scored a run in each of the last two innings.

New York ended the shutout on Joe Kelly’s three consecutive singles in eighth. Giancarlo Stanton’s single reduced the lead to 2-1 to pursue Kelly. Liam Hendriks (1-2) eliminated Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to close out the inning.

The Yankees placed the runners in second and third, with no eliminations in the ninth. Kyle Higashioka raised a sacrificial fly to make the 2-all, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was ejected in the play as he tried to advance to the third.

“I will learn from it and it won’t happen again,” Kiner-Falefa said.

Keuchel gave up four hits, hit three and walked three. The Yankees carried the bases in one and two walks against the southpaw in the fifth, before Anthony Rizzo dropped to finish the inning.

“We made our fair share of mistakes the first few nights and they capitalized a lot on that,” Keuchel said. “I felt that if I could make a few pitches and run early, I would have a good chance.”

Stanton had three hits for the Yankees. He had homered in each of his three previous games.

Aaron Judge made it 1-3 after making home care in the last two games for the Yankees.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, knocking out four and walking with three, a season record. The southpaw has allowed no more than two runs and no walks in each of his three previous matches.

“One night it wasn’t perfect for him, he gave us a chance,” Boone said.

Moncada scored on the first pitch in the third inning for his second drive in three games. He was activated from the wounded list on Monday.

The White Sox took the lead in the first round as Anderson made a single, advanced on a groundout and scored on Robert’s single.

COACH ROOM

White socks: OF Eloy Jiménez (torn hamstring hamstring) continues to have good results, said coach Tony La Russa, but he didn’t have a timetable for Jiménez to begin a minor league rehabilitation task. “Everyone believes his progress is really impressive,” said La Russa. “But there’s a certain buildup in the muscle that has to happen, and you just can’t advance that.” … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) may start facing hitters after pitching at least one more bullpen, La Russa said. Lynn is expected to release a game in early June.

NEXT

LHP Nestor Cortes (1-1, 1.41 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday. He kept Rangers hitless for seven innings on Monday, eliminating 11. RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.93) will carry the mound to Chicago in the series finale.

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