There’s some special going on in the Bronx these days, as the battered Yankees continue to find ways to win during their late season playoff surge.
With Chicago White Sox ace Chris Sale cruising and Hiroki Kuroda laboring for the fourth consecutive start, the Yankees seemed on their way to a distressing loss during this critical postseason push. But a five-run eighth was capped by Eduardo Nunez’s two-run double, giving the Yankees a 6-4 win and keeping them within striking distance for the final American League wild card spot.
After the comeback win, the Yankees sat two games behind the Tampa Bay Rays in the wild card race with just 24 games remaining. The Rays – who were playing late against the Los Angeles Angels on the West Coast – would be two and a half games up with a win, but a loss would bring the Yanks to within one and a half games.
The Yankees were finally able to get Sale out of the game in the eighth after Derek Jeter singled and Robinson Cano doubled to put runners on second and third with one out. Nate Jones came on in relief and gave up a two-run single to Alfonso Soriano, which cut the Yankees deficit to 4-3. Alex Rodriguez followed with a single to move Soriano to third, and then Curtis Granderson’s pinch-hit RBI single off of lefty Donnie Veal tied the game at 4-4.
After Mark Reynolds struck out for the second out of the inning, Nunez came through with a huge two-out double to complete the comeback and give the Yankees their 16th win in their last 23 games.