CC Sabathia struck out 12 batters, Sonny Gray pitched three frames of scoreless relief, and Miguel Andujar delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the top of the 13th inning to lead the Yankees to a 4-3 win over the White Sox on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. >> Box score
1) Sabathia became the first player 38 years or older to record 12 or more strikeouts in a game since Randy Johnson struck out 13 batters on August 22, 2008. However, his pitch count climbed and he finished with 103 pitches after 5 2/3. The only run he allowed came in the third inning when Jose Abreu drove in Omar Narvaez with a sacrifice fly.
2) The Yankees' offense was fueled by the long ball throughout the game -- until the very end. Andujar put the Yankees on the board in the seventh with a game-tying solo shot, while Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the 10th to put the Yankees in front before the White Sox tied it up. The Yankees used a complete effort from their offense to drive in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning: Didi Gregorius drew a leadoff walk and Luke Voit singled to set up Andujar's RBI hit.
3) The Yankees' bullpen strung together 3 1/3 scoreless innings before turning to Zach Britton for a save situation in the 10th. He was rough from the get-go as he hit Omar Narvaez before Jose Abreu made him pay with a two-out, two-run homer to center field to tie the game. But Sonny Gray pitched 3 innings of relief and nailed down the victory for the Yankees.
Highlights from Monday's game
Twice the Yankees took the lead in extra innings, but it took the Yankees' newest reliever, Sonny Gray, to secure the second one. That's baseball for you!
After Stanton's opposite field go-ahead home run went by the wayside in the 10th inning due to Britton's malfunction in the bottom half of the same inning, the Yankees finally retook the lead courtesy of Andujar's third hit and second RBI of the night.
Gray, who was recently demoted to the bullpen, wasn't perfect, but he made the pitches he needed. Gray has a chance to do some redeeming in the bullpen role, a spot he might never come out of as a Yankee. Considering the inconsistencies across much of the pitching staff, Gray might ultimately play a large role as a long reliever the rest of the way.
The Yankees and White Sox will conclude their series on Wednesday at 8:10 p.m. at Guaranteed Rate Field.