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Torreyes’ Walk-Off Single Caps Off Comeback Win For New York Yankees

The “Little Engine That Could” (aka: Ronald Torreyes) capped off a tremendous night with a walk-off single for the New York Yankees. 

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  • New York Yankees: 2 (40-31)
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The smallest guy in Yankee Stadium just made the greatest impact, as Ronald Torreyes’ walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th sparked the New York Yankees to a 2-1 come-from-behind win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

New York’s starter Masahiro Tanaka did his job by posting his first scoreless outing since a three-hit shutout at Fenway Park on April 27, but unfortunately, Yu Darvish was just as dominant.

The 30-year-old held the potent Yankees’ offense to just two hits over seven innings of work while fanning 10 hitters — becoming just the sixth starter to strike out 10 Yankee batters in 2017.

Thanks to Darvish’s gem, Texas entered the top of the ninth inning with a chance to scratch a run across the board. Against Aroldis Chapman, Elvis Andrus slapped a one-out single down the right field line and advanced to second on a hit by pitch by Nomar Mazara.

After a double steal, Andrus scored on a passed ball by Gary Sanchez to score the then go-ahead run. In what seemed like a blink of an eye, the Yankees were down to their final three outs.

Ronald Torreyes, who led off the bottom of the ninth, grounded out to closer Matt Bush to bring up Brett Gardner, who brought an announced Yankee Stadium crowd of 39,602 to their feet with a game-tying solo bomb into the short porch in right.

That forced extra innings and following a grind by Chad Green and Chasen Shreve in the top of the tenth to keep things even at one into the bottom of the tenth, the Yankees rallied…

Sanchez snuck a soft ground ball up the middle off Bush for a base hit followed by a line drive single by Didi Gregorius to right-center field to put runners on the corners with one out. Torreyes then poked a 98.3 mph fastball up the middle for a walk-off single to cap off a come-from-behind victory in the Bronx.

The win marked the third win in extra-innings and even gave New York their 40th win of the season — marking the first time since 2012 that the Yankees won 40 times within their first 71 games.

Pitcher’s Duel Of A Lifetime: 

With Tanaka going eight shutout innings with nine strikeouts and Darvish going seven shutout innings with ten strikeouts, the duo helped Friday’s contest become just the second time in 100 years where each starter allowed no runs and three hits or fewer.

This Day In Yankees History: 

On June 23, 1997, David Cone fanned 16 Tigers’ batters In a 5-2 Yankees win at Detroit, setting a since-tied franchise
record by a right-handed pitcher — later tied by Michael Pineda
on May 10, 2015.

Didi’s Victory Tweet: 

What’s Next: 

The Yankees will host the Rangers in game two of three from the Bronx on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. ET at Yankee Stadium.

Getting the nod for the Yankees will be Luis Cessa, who will be making his third Major League appearance (second start) after being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on June 18.

Last time out in his first start of 2017, the 25-year-old took the loss in Oakland as he surrendered four runs in four innings of work in an eventual 4-3 loss on Sunday. In 11 games (10 starts) with the RailRiders prior to being recalled, Cessa posted a 3-6 record with a 4.15 ERA.

Weather permitting, first pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. ET and can be caught on the YES Network or MLB Network (out of market only).