PHILADELPHIA (AP)Jean Segura scored Ronald Torreyes with an infield single in the 10th inning for his second straight game-ending hit and the Philadelphia Phillies got a third consecutive walkoff win with an 8-7 victory over the New York Yankees on Saturday.
After Yankees star DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, three-run homer in the ninth, Phillies reliever Archie Bradley (2-1) pitched a perfect 10th to strand the designated runner.
Travis Jankowski led off the bottom of the inning against Aroldis Chapman (4-2) by reaching on the pitcher’s error. Jankowski bunted to the left side of the mound, and Chapman fielded the ball, checked Torreyes running to third base, then hurried a throw high to first. Torreyes, the designated runner, advanced to third.
”That might be one of the toughest guys to bunt in the league,” Phillies manager Joe Girardi said. ”He put it in (Chapman’s) hands, and his speed allowed him to get to first base. It made all the difference in the world. We may not score that run.”
Odubel Herrera popped out, then Segura hit a hard grounder to third baseman Gio Urshela, who dived toward the line to catch it but couldn’t relay the ball home ahead of the sprinting Torreyes.
”Knew it was going to be a tough one,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
Segura hit a two-run single off the wall in left-center Thursday to wrap a 4-3 win over the Braves. Luke Williams’ homer in the ninth on Wednesday sent the Phillies to the first of their three dramatic wins.
Bradley got Urshela to ground out before striking out Gary Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka
Bryce Harper doubled, had two singles and drove in two for the Phillies, who have won five of six.
Sanchez hit a solo homer and had an RBI single, and Rougned Odor also went deep for the Yankees, who have lost six of eight.
”We didn’t get the result, we didn’t get the win, but really I like how we competed and how we’re playing,” LeMahieu said. ”I know those results are going to come.”
Hector Neris blew his fourth save in 13 chances for Philadelphia in the ninth.
After starting the frame with an out, Neris walked Brett Gardner and Tyler Wade. LeMahieu tied it by driving a 2-2, 84-mph splitter over the wall in left for his fourth homer, causing an eruption from the large contingent of Yankees fans in attendance.
Neris avoided more damage by striking out Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres.
The Phillies nearly won it in the ninth after Harper’s leadoff double against Chad Green. Rhys Hoskins popped out and Andrew McCutchen was intentionally walked before Torres made a game-saving, diving stop on Alec Bohm’s grounder up the middle.
Torres kept the ball in the infield to prevent Harper from scoring and flipped to second for an out. Green struck out Torreyes to end the inning.
”Really special play,” Boone said.
Chapman, the Yankees’ closer, lost his second consecutive outing. He gave up two homers in New York’s 7-5 loss at Minnesota on Thursday.
The Phillies scored four runs in the first against Jameson Taillon, who recorded just one out before being lifted. After three singles to open the game, Harper followed with a two-run single to center. Two batters later, McCutchen hit a sacrifice fly, and Taillon’s day was done after surrendering Bohm’s RBI single.
Phillies starter Vince Velasquez allowed two runs and six hits with five strikeouts and a walk in five innings.
It was the shortest outing ever for Taillon, whose ERA rose from 5.09 to 5.74. The right-hander’s previous shortest career stint was 1 2/3 innings, also in Philadelphia while pitching for the Pirates on April 19, 2018. In three starts at Citizens Bank Park, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft has an 11.57 ERA with nine runs and 13 hits allowed in seven innings.
PHILLY (AND NEW YORK) FANS
In the second series since restrictions were lifted on fan attendance in Philadelphia, a crowd of 38,450 was the largest for the Phillies since 2019. Yankees fans appeared to make up at least half of those in attendance, with many ”Let’s Go Yankees!” chants popping up through the game.
Yankees: RHP Luis Severino (recovery Tommy John surgery) was removed from a minor league rehab start with a right groin injury. He will have an MRI on Sunday. Severino was making his second rehab start, pitching for High-A Hudson Valley against Brooklyn. … LHP Zack Britton was reinstated from the 60-day IL and pitched a 1-2-3 seventh inning with a strikeout. Britton had surgery for a bone spur in his left elbow on March 15. … 1B Luke Voit (right oblique strain) will begin a rehab assignment on Sunday.
Yankees RHP Domingo German (4-3, 3.12) opposes Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (4-4, 4.06) in the conclusion of the two-game series on Sunday.
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