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New York at Chicago

Final 13th
New York
W: P. Claiborne (2-0) L: J. Veras (0-1) S: D. Robertson (9)
HR: NYY - None   CHC - None

Yanks outlast Cubs in 13, spoil Samardzija's strong outing

CBSSports.com wire reports

CHICAGO -- Preston Claiborne gave himself a little pep talk as he stepped to the plate for the first time as a major leaguer.

In a tight spot, the reliever laid down a key sacrifice bunt. His teammates took it from there and gave him the win in the process.

Brendan Ryan scored on Jose Veras' wild pitch before John Ryan Murphy capped a two-run 13th inning with an RBI single, and the New York Yankees beat the Cubs 4-2 on Wednesday after Chicago wasted another dominant start by Jeff Samardzija.

New York scored two in the ninth against Hector Rondon to wipe out a 2-0 deficit. Samardzija pitched four-hit ball in seven innings.

Ryan started the winning rally with a leadoff single against Veras (0-1). Yangervis Solarte walked, and the runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt toward third by Claiborne (2-0) in his first career plate appearance.

Ryan came home when Veras threw a pitch over Murphy's head, and then Murphy drove in Solarte with a single to right to make it 4-2. The Yankees had runners on second and third with two outs when Derek Jeter grounded out to end the rally.

"I told myself, 'Don't bail on your teammates. Just hang in there and get it down,' " Claiborne said.

Claiborne earned the victory, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and David Robertson worked the 13th for his ninth save in nine chances.

He gave up a one-out single to Welington Castillo but retired Nate Schierholtz on a fly and struck out John Baker to end the game after 4 hours, 39 minutes.

Samardzija's winless streak was stretched to 16 starts even though he lowered his major league-leading ERA from 1.62 to 1.46. If he's frustrated, if he feels like he's being wasted, he's not saying.

Even so, how much longer can he take this?

"I've got a lot left," Samardzija said. "I feel good. You take it with how it goes. It doesn't always go the right way."

Samardzija would have liked to stay in longer. But he insisted he was OK with manager Rick Renteria's decision to go to hand it over to the bullpen and expressed sympathy for Rondon, who came in for the final out in a win previous night.

"I understand how hard it is to do that -- to go out every day, especially when you pitched the night before in a long game in bad weather, to come back in a day game," Samardzija said. "To come back in a day game the next day, it's tough to do."

It looked as if his streak was coming to an end after Brian Schlitter worked the eighth. The Cubs took a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but things quickly turned after Rondon came on to start the inning. A throwing error by second baseman Darwin Barney didn't help.

A leadoff single by Mark Teixeira, walk to Brian McCann and another single to Solarte loaded the bases with none out.

The Yankees tied it when Ichiro Suzuki sent a grounder to shortstop Starlin Castro, who flipped to Barney at second as the first run scored. The relay throw to first sailed wide, and that allowed Ryan, running for McCann, to come home.

The blown save was the first for Rondon in six chances. And for Samardzija, it was just the latest dose of bad luck. He's 0-4 in 10 starts this year and 0-6 in in 16 outings since he beat San Diego on Aug. 24.

Whitley was solid in his second start since being called up from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He gave up a run and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, and the retiring Jeter heard loud cheers when he batted, particularly his last few times up.

"Well, I kept thinking it was going to be my last [plate appearance], too. It just kept going on and on," he said.


Yankees reliever Shawn Kelley had a setback in his recovery from a back injury. Manager Joe Girardi said the right-hander woke up feeling stiff Tuesday after playing catch at Yankee Stadium the previous day. The Yankees hoped to have him pitch Saturday in a rehab game, but that won't happen. Girardi said MRIs showed no disk problems. ... The Yankees will be staying in Chicago, with a four-game series against the White Sox starting on Thursday. ... Cubs RHP Jason Hammel expects to make his next start despite a deep bone bruise in his pitching hand. Hammel took a hard one-hopper to his hand while deflecting Brett Gardner's single to start Wednesday's game but pitched into the sixth to pick up the victory. X-rays showed no structural damage. He is scheduled to start Sunday at San Diego.

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Brendan Ryan (left) scores on Jose Veras' wild pitch as part of the New York 13th-inning rally. (Getty Images)
Brendan Ryan (left) scores on Jose Veras' wild pitch as part of the New York 13th-inning rally. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

J. Samardzija
IP 7.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 3
New York

I. Suzuki
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Derek Jeter, SS7010014 .267
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF6020002 .272
Mark Teixeira, 1B6110004 .264
Brian McCann, C2010200 .224
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   Zoilo Almonte, RF2000011 .167
a-struck out for Aceves in the 9th
SH - Preston Claiborne (1)
RBI - Ichiro Suzuki (3), John Ryan Murphy (6)
SB - Brett Gardner (11, 2nd base off Veras/Castillo), Ichiro Suzuki (3, 2nd base off Rondon/Castillo)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Jeter-Teixeira, Jeter-Teixeira-Ryan-Jeter-Teixeira
New York (A.L.) Yankees
Chase Whitley 4.1611130 1.00
Dellin Betances 1.2000030 1.73
Adam Warren 1211110 1.73
Alfredo Aceves 1100010 5.84
Matt Daley 1.2000230 4.00
Matt Thornton 0.2000010 5.19
Preston Claiborne (W,2-0) 1.2100010 3.14
David Robertson (S,9) 1100020 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Chase Whitley 71-47, Dellin Betances 21-14, Adam Warren 19-10, Alfredo Aceves 10-7, Matt Daley 31-19, Matt Thornton 10-7, Preston Claiborne 14-10, David Robertson 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chase Whitley 4-6, Adam Warren 2-0, Alfredo Aceves 1-1, Matt Daley 1-1, Preston Claiborne 2-1
Batters Faced - Chase Whitley 20, Dellin Betances 5, Adam Warren 6, Alfredo Aceves 4, Matt Daley 7, Matt Thornton 2, Preston Claiborne 5, David Robertson 4
Chicago (N.L.) Cubs
Emilio Bonifacio, CF5011010 .292
Junior Lake, LF6030001 .272
Anthony Rizzo, 1B3000322 .268
Starlin Castro, SS6000005 .291
Luis Valbuena, 2B-3B5110122 .261
Welington Castillo, C6020032 .244
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   James Russell, P0000000 .000
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a-struck out for Wright in the 11th
b-struck out for Veras in the 13th
c-tripled for Samardzija in the 7th
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3B - Emilio Bonifacio (2, Whitley), Ryan Kalish (3, Warren)
SF - Mike Olt (3)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (3)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (10), Mike Olt (24)
SB - Junior Lake (5, 2nd base off Whitley/McCann)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Rizzo-Castro
E - Darwin Barney (2, Throwing)
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Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Samardzija 95-60, Brian Schlitter 19-10, Hector Rondon 22-15, Wesley Wright 33-18, James Russell 17-12, Jose Veras 29-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Samardzija 12-5, Brian Schlitter 1-1, Hector Rondon 2-0, Wesley Wright 3-3, James Russell 1-2, Jose Veras 2-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Samardzija 26, Brian Schlitter 4, Hector Rondon 6, Wesley Wright 8, James Russell 5, Jose Veras 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34808
Game Time - 4:39
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Dana DeMuth, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Lance Barrett