Aroldis Chapman struggles in 9th spot as Yankees win streak ends at 5 and White Sox walk away with 3-2 win – The Mercury News

CHICAGO — Aroldis Chapman pulled one Saturday night and then it all fell apart. Trying to hang on to a tie, the Yankees closer allowed a single, walked a batter and then Luis Robert hit an RBI single as the White Sox beat the Bombers 3-2 at Guaranteed Rate Field.

“That’s a good baseball game there. Well played by both teams,” Chapman said through Yankees translator Marlon Abreu. “That hit the middle there and then the walk, things got a little tricky there, give them credit.”

It was the first loss for the Yankees (24-9) in six games. They have already clinched at least one split of this four-game series with the White Sox (16-16) and will look for their 10th series victory on Sunday in the series finale. The Yankees fell to 2-7 when scoring two runs or fewer this season. It was the first game in the last five that the Bombers didn’t hit a home run, after hitting 11 in their last four games.

Still, they had a chance, tying it up in the top of the ninth inning when Joey Gallo led off with a walk off Liam Hendriks and advanced to third on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s single. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Kyle Higashioka, but Kiner-Falefa killed the play by getting tagged out at third base on the same play. DJ LeMahieu struck out to end the inning tied 2-2.

Chapman allowed a single to Tim Anderson with one out and then walked Yoan Moncada on a full count. Robert’s grounded single off a pitch from Anthony Rizzo won it for the White Sox.

Dallas Keuchel shut down the Yankees for five innings, scattering four hits. He walked three and struck out three. The left-hander has always been a thorn in the Yankees’ side, especially in his time with the Astros. In nine starts against the Bombers, Keuchel had a 2.23 ERA.

The Yankees’ offense, which has scored 25 runs in the first two games of the series, had its chances. LeMahieu led off the game with a single, Giancarlo Stanton led off the second with a double, but the Bombers got nothing. In the fifth, as Keuchel was clearly getting tired, he walked twice with two outs to load the bases. Rizzo, who has been booed here on his return to the city where he played for a decade, had a chance to break through and rolled harmlessly to second base.

After Montgomery and Keuchel were long gone, the White Sox handed the game over to Joe Kelly, who had imploded Thursday night, and the Bombers were able to break through. In the eighth, Aaron Judge hit a one-out single to center field and Rizzo’s groundout got past Josh Harrison. Stanton singled to bring in the Yankees’ first run. Tony La Russa, who let Kelly implode Thursday, caught him after Stanton’s single. Hendriks struck out Donaldson with a 98 mph fastball in the zone and passed to a 99 mph fastball in the same spot to beat Gleyber Torres and finish off the Yankees’ threat.

That lack of offense has become all too common when left-hander Jordan Montgomery takes the mound.

Montgomery started out averaging just 2.33 support runs per nine innings. On Saturday night, however, Montgomery wasn’t as ready as he had been in his first five starts. He struggled to set up his curveball to keep hitters off his fastball. He had 10 swings and misses, four on the changeup and 11 called strikes, five on his sinker.

“I really didn’t have much to work with today. I just felt like my timing was honestly different every inning,” Montgomery said. “I was never really able to feel comfortable and [gave up] a lot of walks and deep counts, so I couldn’t really attack and rip the ball like I wanted to, but I gave it everything I had.”

He allowed two runs on an RBI single by Robert and a home run by Moncada to lead off the third. It was just the third home run he has allowed this season. The White Sox took six hits from him, struck out four and walked three. Adam Engel’s fourth-inning walk was the first Montgomery had given up in 87 batters since his April 21 start at Detroit.

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