Gonzalez, White Sox win 4-1 to stop Yanks' 8-game win streak
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
By RONALD BLUM
AP Baseball Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Miguel Gonzalez ended his road woes with a flourish.
He had been 0-7 in 19 starts away from home since winning at Tampa Bay for Baltimore on July 25, 2015. The 32-year-old right-hander's first road victory for the Chicago White Sox was one to savor.
Gonzalez pitched shutout ball into the ninth inning, Leury Garcia and Avisail Garcia homered off Luis Severino, and the White Sox beat the Yankees 4-1 Tuesday night to stop New York's eight-game winning streak.
"I never thought about it," Gonzalez said of the skid.
Gonzalez (2-0) allowed four hits - all infield singles - and one run in 8 1/3 innings, struck out four and walked one. He threw just 88 pitches - needing three in the seventh despite Jacoby Ellsbury's leadoff bunt single. Matt Holliday grounded into a double play and Starlin Castro bounced out, both on the first pitch.
"His stuff was moving all over. He was living on the edges," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Gonzalez retired his first 12 batters before Castro's infield single on a slow bouncer to shortstop leading off the fifth. David Robertson relieved with a 4-0 lead and two on in the ninth after a four-pitch walk to Brett Gardner.
"I was getting a little tired towards the end, leaving the ball up," Gonzalez said.
Robertson loaded the bases with a walk to Ellsbury, struck out Holliday and forced in a run with a walk to Castro.Aaron Judge grounded into a forceout for Robertson's fourth save, ending a game that breezed by in just 2 hours, 16 minutes.
On the 94th anniversary of the first game at original Yankee Stadium across 161st Street, the Yankees lost for the first time in eight home games this season.
Severino (1-1) was dominant for much of the night, throwing his fastball at up to 99 mph. He allowed just three hits in a career-high eight innings, struck out 10 and walked none. But two of the hits were homers, and three of the four runs off him were earned.
Leury Garcia reached down to drive a 96 mph pitch into the Yankees bullpen in the third for his first home run this season.
Chicago made it 4-0 in the seventh after Tim Anderson singled, just the second ball the White Sox hit out of the infield. Melky Cabrera hit a double-play ball to shortstop Pete Kozma, who allowed the grounder to glance off his glove for an error.
Cleanup hitter Jose Abreu, just 8 for 49 (.163) at the plate this year, popped up a bunt to the catcher.
"I can't fault him for that," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said.
Avisail Garcia then sent a hanging slider on a 2-0 count into the visitors' bullpen in left-center.
"I was trying to throw a slider for a strike and he got me with it," Severino said.
Willy Garcia hit a two-run homer for Charlotte against Pawtucket, a day after he was optioned to Chicago's Triple-A team.
Chicago had no runners left on base for the first time since July 29, 2007, at Toronto.
White Sox: 3B Todd Frazier says he is recovering from his stomach illness, which has limited him to two games since April 11. "He's lost a little bit of weight," Renteria said. ... Renteria (knee inflammation) said he was down to using one crutch and will have an MRI. "I had the meniscus removed back in `77," he said. ... C Geovany Soto (right elbow inflammation) threw Monday. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Friday and could be activated then or shortly after, GM Rick Hahn said. ... LHP Carlos Rodon (bursitis in left biceps) and RHP Jake Petricka (lat strain) still haven't thrown off a mound and there's no timetable for their return, according to Hahn. There also is not a timetable for OF Charlie Tilson (stress reaction in right foot), who got out of his walking boot Monday. ... RHP Juan Minaya (right abdominal strain) is throwing batting practice and could start a rehab assignment in the next week.
Yankees: SS Didi Gregorius (strained right shoulder) lined a single to center and struck out against RHP Nick Rumbelow (Tommy John surgery) in a simulated game. Gregorius, likely to start an injury rehabilitation assignment Friday at Class A Tampa, also hit three liners to center off RHP Branden Pinder (Tommy John surgery) during 10 pitches of batting practice. Gregorius could rejoin the Yankees during their next homestand. ... SS Gleyber Torres was scratched at Double-A Trenton due to right biceps tendinitis, according to Girardi, and will have an MRI.
RHP Masahiro Tanaka (1-1, 8.36 ERA) starts Wednesday's series finale for New York, and RHP Dylan Covey (0-0, 1.69) goes for Chicago. The 25-year-old Covey allowed one run over 5 1/3 innings at Minnesota in his big league debut Friday.
Updated April 18, 2017