Miguel Andujar put the Yankees ahead in the seventh inning with a home run and Aroldis Chapman was shaky, but got the save to close out a 5-3 win over the Rangers. >> Box score
1) Andujar ripped a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh, his 17th of the season. The rookie went 2-4.
2) Lance Lynn was solid again for his new club, giving up one run in five innings with eight strikeouts.
3) Giancarlo Stanton stayed hot, homering again in the first inning. He's now hit four home runs in five games.
4) Zach Britton struggled; after two quick outs in the seventh, back-to-back leadoff singles set the table for back-to-back walks, allowing a run to score. Dellin Betances was able to limit the damage, but not before balking in the game-tying run.
5) Aroldis Chapman wasn't great, and relied on his slider more often than not, but he did enough to get the save. Chapman gave up a walk, single and hit by pitch but allowed no runs. He got Jurickson Profar to strike out with the bases loaded to end the game. Chapman's ninth: 1.0 IP, H, BB, 2 K.
The Yankees could not be happier with the development of Miguel Andujar.
Andujar might not be the best defender at third base, but he is everything the Yankees believed with the bat. Andujar is ranked among the worst third basemen in the game according to advanced fielding metrics. However, Andujar has been fantastic at the plate, leading all rookies with a .295 average, 50 extra-base hits, 55 RBIs and is second in home runs with 17.
Andujar not only provides better than average offense as a 23-year-old rookie, he comes through in important moments like today's tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning. It marked the eighth time one of Andujar's home runs tied the game or gave the Yankees the lead and the fourth time he has delivered a go-ahead hit in the seventh inning or later (most for the Yankees). Andujar has never seemed to be overwhelmed by the game and that could be quite helpful to the Yankees in the postseason.
Highlights from Saturday's game
The Yankees conclude their series with the Rangers on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. CC Sabathia will be faced off against Martin Perez.