Displaying a lineup that was reduced to five regulars shortly before the first pitch against Phillies ace Aaron Nola, the Yankees rallied for their third straight victory, 6-4, on Tuesday night in the Bronx.
Greg Allen, the 12th different outfielder the Yankees have tried this season, provided a spark with his speed to craft a pair of points before Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and the freshly named Estevan Florial lowered the boom with solo tours.
“It’s definitely a fun brand of baseball here these last few days,” said manager Aaron Boone.
“It was really nice to see us, for the last two games, [score] in different ways. The home run ball appeared for us tonight … but the little ball was there [too]. »
Aroldis Chapman closed the door in the ninth inning for his first stop since June 20, despite relinquishing a solo homerun to Andrew McCutchen. He took out Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins and Didi Gregorius in his first save opportunity since July 4, after being temporarily removed from his closest job.
The Yankees (49-44) came out of the All-Star break without Aaron Judge and Gio Urshela because of COVID-19, and Luke Sees because of his bad knee. Their problems were exacerbated less than an hour before the start of Tuesday’s game, when DJ LeMahieu was stricken with a stomach virus.
Still, the Yankees have found a way to keep winning for a vital part of their season, coming back from a pair of one-point deficits to be within seven games of first place in the AL East.
“I’m just trying to be efficient, have one to nine batting good and be versatile in the way we score,” said Allen, who was called up on Friday.
The Phillies (47-46) threatened in the eighth inning against Zack Britton and pushed a point to bring the score to 5-3, but the southpaw limited the damage by getting a double play to end the frame.
Florial, promoted from Triple-A earlier today, gave Chapman some extra leeway by crushing his first career homer in the eighth inning for the 6-3 lead.
Making his first start since June 30, Domingo German allowed two runs in four sets. Rhys Hoskins took him deep for a solo home run in the second inning – the 17th he allowed in 19 games – and Ronald Torreyes added an RBI brace in the fourth after the German gave up a goal on bullets and recoil.
But the Yankees have responded each time thanks to Allen. In the third, he drilled a triple on the right-field wall and scored on Florial’s field to tie 1-1.
Later, in the fifth inning, Allen walked on a walk, stole the second and scored until the third on a Florial fly out. Tyler Wade then lined up the shortstop, but Gregorius’ throw in the third for the double play went off target, allowing Allen to score to tie the game two-handed.
Gardner quickly broke the tie, coming in next and hitting a solo home run to the short porch into right field for the Yankees’ 3-2 lead.
After Luis Cessa threw a scoreless fifth, Sanchez erased a fastball from Nola 436 feet to left field to push him to 4-2.
Chad Green helped keep the two-point lead intact in the seventh inning. He came into the game and made McCutchen walk on four throws to charge the goals, but then struck out Hoskins and Gregorius on strikes to evade the threat.
Stanton, after snapping a 0-for-14 skid earlier in the game, crushed a homerun in the seventh – his first since July 6 – to make it 5-2.
“We have a lot of young players with a lot of talent,” said Sanchez. “It’s like what I experienced [in 2016]. I got called up and started playing, helping the team and having fun. I think that’s what they are doing now too.