Forget the fact sheet for one minute: For everyone, Miguel Andujar got the rescue on Saturday and maybe even the victory.
It was Andujar whose incisive two-two-run homer spat to the right in the middle of the seventh innings, after Zach Britton and Dellin Betances coughed the lead in the top of the innings.
And it was Andujar who gave Aroldis Chapman some cushioning in the pouring rain in the ninth inning as the Yankees held on to a wet, messy 5: 3 win over the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
(For the record, Betances, who drove home in the seventh race with two outs, got the win and Chapman, who emerged from a base-laden jam, got his 30th rescue.)
Andujar scored his fourth career start in the seventh inning or later, an undeniable pressure from Chris Martin to break 3. The third baseman – who now leads all rookies with 50 extra base hits – has married in three of his last five games and is 9-for-21 with seven RBIs in that range.
"Not only is he a good racquet, he's a clever racquet," said Aaron Boone. "I think he understands very well what clubs or pitchers want to do with him … He is versatile with what he can do in the attack zone and there is no way to get him out."
Said Andujar: "You must stay with your plan, if I go out, I have a plan – find your pitch to hit him and hit him."
Britton got two quick outs in the seventh round, but Shin-Soo Choo reached an infield single, Rougned Odor and Elvis Andrus went to load the bases. Britton then missed a 3-and-2 pitch against Adrian Beltre to reduce the Yankees' lead to 3-2 and went on a small boo. Then, with two strikes on Jurickson Profar, Odor pretended to break home and Betances flinched and stooped home.
The former Orioles nearer Britton, who returned from the Achilles tendon operation in mid-June and was sold to the Yankees a month later, has been fighting in his setup role. He said that his suffering is not the result of persistent physical complaints.
"It's about as frustrated as it has been during my entire career," he said, adding that he struggles with his control because he does not fully trust what he can do after the operation. "It's something I need to figure out quickly … I think a lot is mental, the physical part is there, and I think now it's a mental block – getting over it and trusting my stuff."
Betances jumped back from the beam to hit Profar with his next throw and pulled back the side in order, but Chapman stuttered rain in ninth on impact. Isiah Kiner-Falefa took a walk, Odor one and Beltre was hit just above the knee with a 100.3-mph fastball with two outs to load the bases.
Chapman, who has recently had problems with his control and reduced speed on his fastball, dropped behind Profar 3-and-1. He got a call with a 97-mph fastball and beat Profar with a 98-mph fastball, his 29th inning, to finish him off.
Six days earlier, Chapman had thrown 39 pitches in the ninth inning while allowing three walks and three runs and a game that the Yankees would lose in ten innings against which Red Sox parade.
When asked if his hamstring inflammation was causing his command problems, he said, "The knee is getting better."
"Chappy is in the process of working under brutal conditions," Boone said. "Given the conditions, considering where we are right now, it's nice to grind one."
Before that, the Yankees chickens played with the bad weather, but otherwise they crossed the first six innings. placed hits and another strong start by Lance Lynn.
In the first inning, after Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th homer, Andujar scored with two outs and hit Greg Bird's double on Right-Center – his first RBI since July 31st. Andrus' RBI single in the third cut the lead in half.
Lynn, who had allowed one run and 22 in 16 2/3 innings as Yankee had been canceled, was drawn after five innings and 99 pitches.
Bird doubled in sixth, scoring on a single from right-back Neil Walker, who started outfield for the first time in his 10-year career, for a 3-1 lead. The Yankees fell 9 1/2 games behind the AL East-leading Red Sox, who swept the Orioles in a double header, but remained 4½ games ahead of the A & # 39; s for the first wild card and six games before the Mariners for the second wild card.
"It's not always easy and it's hard for us right now," Boone said. "But we did a lot of good things today and found a way to win a game when it was hard."