Yankees Turn a Triple Play and Get a Walk-Off Win

Gleyber Torres homered late and singled home the winning run in the ninth inning as the Yankees — moments after a turning a clutch triple play — beat the Chicago White Sox, 2-1, Friday night following one of the most overpowering displays of starting pitching in major league history.

White Sox lefty Carlos Rodon and counterpart Jordan Montgomery combined for 24 strikeouts during the first game since 1900 in which both starters had at least 10 strikeouts while permitting no walks or runs, according to Stats.

After arriving at Yankee Stadium with the American League’s best record, Chicago put two runners on to open the ninth against closer Aroldis Chapman (3-0).

Prized rookie Andrew Vaughn hit a sharp grounder toward third, where Gio Urshela stepped on the bag and went around the horn to nip Vaughn and suddenly end the inning as first baseman Luke Voit make a long stretch.

Chapman, who hasn’t allowed an earned run in 18 appearances this year, pumped a fist and smiled wide coming off the mound.

Judge singled leading off the bottom half against Evan Marshall (0-2), who pitched out of a major jam in the eighth by getting a line-drive double play. Judge went to second on Urshela’s single and slid safely across the plate after Torres ripped a sharp single through the left side for his fifth career walk-off hit.

The Yankees improved to a season-high seven games over .500.

Featuring a wipeout slider that tied right-handed hitters in knots as it swept across the plate, Rodon paired that 85-87 mile-per-hour signature pitch with a pinpoint 97-98 m.p.h. fastball to strike out a career-high 13 in six innings of two-hit ball. He was pulled by Hall of Fame Manager Tony La Russa after 95 pitches.

Rodon, nearly perfect in a no-hitter April 14 against Cleveland, is putting together a sensational breakout season. On this night, he became the first pitcher to strike out the first five Yankees batters in a road game since Dodgers great Sandy Koufax in the 1963 World Series opener, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Montgomery wasn’t quite as overpowering — but just as effective. He struck out a career-best 11 and scattered four hits over seven innings, throwing 68 of 90 pitches for strikes.

Both left-handers bailed out teammates after big defensive blunders, too. Each one was coming off a rough outing — Rodon a loss to Kansas City that marked his first of the season following five straight wins.

Before a Yankee Stadium season-high crowd of 14,011 as pandemic restrictions eased, Torres homered off Michael Kopech to the short right-field porch in the seventh, a drive projected at 345 feet that would not have left any other ballpark in the majors, according to Statcast.

Chicago tied it on Nick Madrigal’s check-swing R.B.I. single in the eighth off Jonathan Loaisiga, a flare into shallow right field that ended New York’s shutout streak at 29 innings.

Yoan Moncada then sent what appeared to be a base hit into right, but Judge deked Madrigal into thinking he might catch the line drive on a fly. Madrigal held up, Judge grabbed the ball on a hop and threw out Madrigal at second base for a fielder’s choice.

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