Starlin Castro drove in Aaron Hicks with a go-ahead RBI fielder's choice in the top of the 18th inning as the New York Yankees beat the Chicago Cubs, 5-4, on Sunday at Wrigley Field after Aroldis Chapman blew a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> Box score
Hicks reached base on a bunt single off Pedro Strop (0-2) and advanced to second when catcher Willson Contreras' throw went into right field. Hicks advanced to third on a Ronald Torreyes sac bunt and scored on Castro's grounder to short with a drawn-in infield.
Chasen Shreve pitched three scoreless innings of relief after Chapman allowed three runs in the bottom of the ninth that sent the game into extra innings.
Chapman allowed six runners to reach base in 2/3 of an inning, including a game-tying HBP to Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded.
New York took a 4-1 lead on Jacoby Ellsbury's two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning, but Chapman allowed three runs, three hits and two walks in the bottom of the ninth.
Albert Almora Jr. hit a pinch-hit RBI single to center field and Javier Baez followed with an RBI single to left that made it 4-3 with one out. Three batters later with the bases loaded, Chapman hit Rizzo to tie the game at 4.
Tyler Clippard got Ben Zobrist to ground out to end the inning, then struck out the side in the bottom of the 10th inning. Adam Warren and Jonathan Holder combined to allow two hits in five scoreless innings of relief.
Shreve (1-0) struck out pinch hitter Kyle Hendricks with runners on first and second to end the game.
The teams combined for 48 strikeouts, the most in a game in MLB history. They combined to go 3-for-28 with runners in scoring position and left a total of 29 runners on base.
Chapman's blown save spoiled Luis Severino's strong outing in which he struck out nine batters and gave up one run and four hits in seven innings.
Aaron Judge hit an RBI triple off Jon Lester in the top of the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie, but was left stranded on third base with nobody out.
Lester gave up two runs (one earned) and three hits in seven innings, throwing 73 of 120 pitches for strikes.
Castro had an RBI groundout in the first inning that gave the Yankees a 1-0 lead. Baez tied it in the bottom of the third with a solo homer off Severino.
At one point, the Yankees were three outs away from a sweep in the ninth inning, but Chapman was erratic and the Cubs got to their former closer. It forced the Yankees to take care of business in extra innings, finally nailing down the sweep in the 18th inning after some fine work by the bullpen. The game's length could have some roster ramifications on Monday as the Yankees bullpen is overextended.
Severino beat Rick Porcello, the reigning AL Cy Young winner, two starts ago. Tonight, Severino bested Lester, regarded as one of the best in the game, in what was arguably the veteran's most dominant start of the season. Severino was controlled and worked at a fluid pace tonight, mixing his pitches and still reaching 98 mph on his 111th and final pitch.
The Yankees' sweep of the defending World Series champions further demonstrates that their start to the season may not be some short lived fluke as they continue to get solid pitching and plenty of offense. The Cubs are not playing their best baseball, but good teams come into others' parks and take advantage of that.
Masahiro Tanaka (4-1, 4.46 ERA) and the Yankees open a three-game series against Rookie Davis (1-1, 7.36 ERA) and the Cincinnati Reds on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Great American Ball Park.