Anthony Rizzo stroked a score-tying RBI single, and Aaron Judge drove in the go-ahead run, leading the New York Yankees to a big eighth inning and a 3-1 win over the Marlins in Miami on Sunday afternoon.
Rizzo, who homered in his first two games with New York since being traded by the Chicago Cubs, came through again as the Yankees swept the three-game series. New York is 3-0 with Rizzo on the roster.
Miami’s Sandy Alcantara was brilliant, pitching seven scoreless innings and matching his career high with 10 strikeouts. He allowed two hits and one walk, taking a hard-luck no-decision.
Anthony Bass (1-6) took the loss, allowing two runs, one earned in 1/3 of an inning.
New York’s Joey Gallo, acquired from the Texas Rangers on Thursday, had gone hitless in his first 10 Yankees at-bats. He doubled in his 11th at-bat but was stranded in the seventh inning.
Reliever Joely Rodriguez (2-3), acquired as part of the Gallo trade, earned the win in his Yankees debut, retiring Magneuris Sierra on a ground ball in the seventh inning. It was the only batter he faced.
New York’s pitching was solid all day as starter Jordan Montgomery allowed just one run in five innings, and four relievers – Clay Holmes, Rodriguez, Zack Britton and Aroldis Chapman – pitched scoreless ball. Chapman earned his 22nd save in 26 chances.
Brian Anderson, Miami’s third baseman, had a rough game. He went 0-for-4, snapping his career-long 13-game hit streak. He also made a throwing error, leading to an unearned run in that decisive eighth inning.
One highlight for the Marlins was the fifth-inning single by right fielder Bryan De La Cruz. It was his first major-league hit.
Miami opened the scoring in the first. Miguel Rojas doubled over the head of Gallo, who played left field for the first time since 2019. Rojas, whose drive one-hopped the wall, went to third on Jazz Chisholm’s infield single and scored on Anderson’s RBI groundout.
New York’s Brett Gardner greeted Bass with a leadoff single in the eighth. With one out, Giancarlo Stanton reached on Anderson’s throwing error. The Marlins then brought in reliever Richard Bleier for a lefty-on-lefty matchup with Rizzo, who spoiled the strategy by slicing an opposite-field RBI single. Judge followed with his RBI single, giving New York a 2-1 lead.
The Yankees extended their lead to 3-1 in the ninth as Gleyber Torres singled with two outs and scored on Chisholm’s throwing error.
REDS 7, METS 1
Max Schrock homered to highlight a 5-for-5 performance as the visiting Reds cruised to victory over the Mets.
The Reds won the rubber match of the series for their seventh victory in the last 10 games. The Mets have lost six of their last 10 games.
Schrock drew the start at first base with Joey Votto getting a day off following the end of his seven-game home run streak. Schrock hadn’t started for the Reds since May 31, and had just one three-hit effort in his first 30 big league games.
Schrock wasted no time getting going on Sunday, when he singled for the Reds’ first hit off Marcus Stroman (7-10) in the second inning before homering for the game’s first run in the fourth.
Schrock legged out an infield single during Cincinnati’s three-run sixth and scored when pitcher Vladimir Gutierrez coaxed a bases-loaded walk. He singled again in the seventh and added an RBI single in the ninth, when he later scored on Tyler Naquin’s two-run double in the ninth.
The big day lifted Schrock’s batting average 90 points – from .243 to .333.
The five-hit game was the third of the season by a Reds player. Naquin had five hits against the Mets on July 19 and Nick Castellanos collected five hits against the Chicago Cubs on May 2.
Kyle Farmer laced an RBI triple in the sixth inning and scored on a sacrifice fly by Tyler Stephenson. Naquin finished with two hits.
Gutierrez (6-3) allowed one run on three hits while working seven innings for the second time in 12 big league starts. The rookie didn’t allow a hit until Kevin Pillar singled with two outs in the fifth inning.
Jeff McNeil homered in the sixth inning for the Mets.