CHICAGO (AP) — Luis Robert isolated Aroldis Chapman to bring home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2 on Saturday night, ending New York’s five-game winning streak.
The Yankees, with the best record in the majors, had managed a total of 25 points in winning the first two games of the series. They rallied for the tying run in the ninth inning, but a base error cost them a chance to score more.
With one out in Chicago’s ninth, Tim Anderson singled and Yoán Moncada walked against Chapman (0-1). Robert followed with his big right shot, sparking a lively celebration on the court.
Moncada homered and Dallas Keuchel pitched five shutout innings for the White Sox, who won eight of 11.
New York had won 19 of 22.
Anderson finished with three hits and Moncada and Robert added two each for the White Sox, who improved to just 2-9 against the Yankees since June 15, 2019.
The Yankees have scored a run in each of the last two innings.
New York ended the three-straight singles shutout against Joe Kelly in the eighth. Giancarlo Stanton’s one-out single cut the lead to 2-1 to chase Kelly. Liam Hendriks (1-2) retired Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres to end the inning.
The Yankees placed the runners at second and third with no outs at ninth. Kyle Higashioka hit a sacrificial fly to make it 2-all, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was ejected on the play as he tried to move up to third.
Keuchel allowed four hits, struck out three and walked three. The Yankees charged on a single and two walks against the left-hander in the fifth before Anthony Rizzo retired to end the inning.
Stanton had three hits for the Yankees. He had succeeded in each of his previous three matches.
Aaron Judge went 1 for 3 after homering in the Yankees’ last two games.
Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery allowed two runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, striking out four and scoring a season-high three. The southpaw had allowed no more than two runs and no walks in each of his previous three starts.
Moncada homered on the first pitch of the third inning for his second practice in three games. He was activated from the injured list on Monday.
The White Sox took the lead in the first inning when Anderson singled, advanced on a groundout and scored on Robert’s single.
White Sox: OF Eloy Jiménez (torn hamstring tendon) continues to perform well, manager Tony La Russa said, but he had no timeline for Jiménez to begin a minor league rehab assignment. “Everyone thinks his progress is really impressive,” La Russa said. “But there’s some buildup in the muscle that has to happen, and you just can’t fast forward.” … RHP Lance Lynn (right knee surgery) could start facing hitters after throwing at least one more bullpen, La Russa said. Lynn is expected to pitch in a game in early June.
LHP Nestor Cortes (1-1, 1.41 ERA) will start for the Yankees on Sunday. He held the Rangers without a hit for seven innings Monday, striking out 11. RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 0.93) will take the mound for Chicago in the series finale.
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