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Luis Robert drives in the winning run in the 9th, giving the Chicago White Sox a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees – The Denver Post


The Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees were tied at the end of the day on Saturday ninth at Guaranteed Rate Field.

Tim Anderson represented the Sox’s potential winning run at second base.

Some hitters might try to do too much to produce for a team under these circumstances. But Luis Robert showed patience, waiting for the right ground to attack against the Yankees closer to Aroldis Chapman.

Robert took three balls and a strike. Then he got his pitch, ripping a right single. Anderson scored in front of Aaron Judge’s pitch, giving the Sox a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of 32,830.

“I was trying to get ahead with his fastball,” Robert said through an interpreter, of his approach to the situation. “I was trying to make contact.”

It was the second game-ending hit of Robert’s career. The first came during his rookie season, when he homered on August 30, 2020, against the Kansas City Royals.

“It felt better,” Robert said. “I was more excited, the fans here against the Yankees. After two losses, this one was very good.

The Sox dropped the first two games of the series, allowing 25 combined points.

Dallas Keuchel gave the Sox a boost on Saturday, scattering four hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked three in the 86-pitch outing.

“We made our fair share of mistakes the first two nights (of the series) and they got a lot out of it,” Keuchel said. “I felt like if I could throw and execute early, I had a good chance. It’s fun to pitch against a team like this with the way they swing bats and the depth of their roster, they can trade a few guys every night it seems.

“They keep rolling. But we are also a good team.

Keuchel followed up a solid outing against the Boston Red Sox with one against the Yankees. He went a season-high in six innings on May 8 at Fenway Park, allowing two runs on six hits in a 3-2 victory.

Wednesday’s postponed game against the Cleveland Guardians pushed back his start by a day. He was ready for the team with the best record in baseball.

“He’s spent his whole career pitching against good teams, right and left,” Sox manager Tony La Russa said. “He beat a good team in Boston. They are good. When he executes his throws, he has a lot of weapons.

Keuchel got a double play grounder to wrap up the first. It was the first time in the series that the Sox did not allow a run in the first.

The Sox did the damage on the first Saturday. Anderson singled, one of his three hits, and scored on a Robert single for the first inning. Robert extended his hitting streak to 12.

Yoán Moncada homered in the lead of the third.

Keuchel came out with a 2-0 lead after taking Anthony Rizzo down against second baseman Josh Harrison with the bases loaded to finish the fifth.

“I feel more like myself,” Keuchel said. “I told you (the journalists) that I was close. I would have liked to stay a little longer tonight. I thought it was my job. I’m a little disappointed in five.

“My job is to go out there and throw as many as I can. I thought (86) pitches I had enough to make at least six. With the number of games we’re playing (17 games in 17 days), I thought I had at least 100 pitches tonight. That didn’t happen. I’m not very happy about that, but it’s the competitor in me and we’re going to have to find something (Sunday) because that we have a lot more guys now too.

Reliever Kendall Graveman allowed one hit in two scoreless innings.

The Yankees scored once in the eighth against Joe Kelly, and the Sox closed in on Liam Hendriks with two runs and one out. He knocked out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres, keeping it at 2-1.

The Yankees tied the game on a sacrifice fly ball from Kyle Higashioka in the ninth, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa was out in an attempt to advance to third place on the play. Moncada cut off AJ Pollock’s throw and put the ball back to Anderson, who covered the third and scored Kiner-Falefa for the second out of the inning.

“Excellent relay and cut,” said La Russa. “It was huge.”

Anderson chose with one out in the ninth and Moncada walked, elevating Robert.

“It’s high baseball IQ because you’re not going to leave (Chapman) with a home run, his stuff is too good,” La Russa said. “You have to find a way to get someone on base. Tim’s hit was huge, Moncada’s walk, they did a good job taking what he gave, and he’s not going to give you much so you can do big damage.

Robert found a hole through the right side of the infield and Anderson did the rest, giving the Sox their first win of the season.

“The first two games, they were just better than us,” Robert said. “But today we came prepared and were able to execute, and then we got the upper hand.”

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