Brian McCann hit a go-ahead sac fly in the 13th inning as the New York Yankees erased a 4-0 deficit to beat the Kansas City Royals, 5-4, on Wednesday at Kauffman Stadium for their second straight extra-inning win. >> Read more
- Didi Gregorius led off the 13th inning with an infield single off Chris Young (3-9), advanced to third on Starlin Castro's double and scored when McCann hit a sac fly off Matt Strahm.
- The Yankees' bullpen threw seven scoreless, hitless innings of relief to shut down the Royals. A night after pitching two innings of relief, Dellin Betances recorded his seventh save of the season with a scoreless 13th inning. Ben Heller (1-0) pitched the 12th inning to earn the win.
- With the win, the Yankees moved 2 1/2 games back of the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers for the second Wild Card spot.
- Trailing 4-0 in the sixth inning, Gregorious delivered a sacrifice fly and Castro hit a two-run homer to cut Kansas City's lead to 4-3.
- Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice fly in the seventh inning tied the game at 4.
- Luis Cessa allowed four runs (three earned) and six hits in six innings.
- Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give the Royals a 2-0 lead.
- In the second inning, Alcides Escobar's double drove in Paulo Orlando to make it 3-0.
- Eric Hosmer's solo homer in the third inning extended the Royals' advantage to 4-0.
- The Royals only got one hit, a Salvador Perez infield single in the sixth inning, after the third inning.
- Ian Kennedy allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings.
The Yankees reversed roles with the Royals on Wednesday, tying the score after falling behind 4-0. Unlike the Royals, the Yankees were able to take the lead (eventually) and then hold on for the victory.
Cessa was integral to keeping the Yankees in the game after enduring a bit of a rough start (four runs in three-innings). He settled down and provided some needed length, getting through the sixth inning without allowing another hit or run. Credit the Yankees' bullpen, which did not allow a hit in seven innings.
The Yankees finally found a kink in the Royals bullpen in the 13th inning, plating one, and Betances was able to nail down the save. The win is very big for the Yankees as they close to within two games in the loss column for the second Wild Card spot. The Yankees begin a three-game series in Baltimore, hoping to whittle away more of the wild card deficit.
The Yankees are off on Thursday.
Chad Green (2-3, 4.09 ERA) faces Dylan Bundy (7-5, 3.71 ERA) when the Yankees open a three-game series against the Orioles on Friday in Baltimore at 7:05 p.m. ET.