Yankees rally after rain delay for 5-4 victory

The Yankees took the second game of this four-game set with the Mariners in the Bronx in unlikely fashion. After a 7-3 victory in the series opener, the Yanks gave the ball to Masahiro Tanaka, who went 6 ⅓ innings, allowing two runs on five hits while walking two and striking out four. Seattle jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning on a sacrifice fly by Ryon Healy to score Jay Bruce, but it was quickly answered in the next frame with an RBI groundout by Brett Gardner to score Gio Urshela.

The score would remain 1-1 until the top of the sixth when Edwin Encarnacion connected on a 2-0 pitch from Tanaka for a solo home run. An RBI single by Domingo Santana to score Mitch Haniger and an RBI double by Jay Bruce to score Daniel Vogelbach in the eighth would make it 4-1 Seattle, and after getting a run back on a wild pitch that allowed Gardner to score, the game would be interrupted by a 73-minute rain delay. After the delay, Joe Harvey pitched a scoreless ninth that included a play at the plate, and the Yankees came up looking to rally in the bottom of the inning.

After a one-out single by Gleyber Torres, Urshela hit an 0-2 pitch into Monument Park for a game-tying, two-run home run. Cameron Maybin singled and stole second, and after Gardner struck out, DJ LeMahieu stepped into the box with the game tied at 4 with two outs in the bottom of the ninth and a man on second, looking to be the hero. He lined a 1-0 changeup from Roenis Elias out to the field for a base hit, and Maybin would come around to score the winning run, completing the comeback and securing the Yankees’ second walk-off victory of the season.

The Yankees move to 21-14 on the season and will look to take the series tomorrow night in a third of four against the Mariners. They’ll send Jonathan Loaisiga to the mound, with James Paxton being placed on the 10-day injured list with left knee inflammation. He is 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three appearances (two starts) in 2019. Rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will get the start for the Mariners, coming into Wednesday night’s contest with a 1-1 record and a 3.98 ERA in eight starts. First pitch is set for 6:35 PM ET.


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