Walker has pinch-hit HR in 9th, Yanks rally past White Sox

NEW YORK (AP) Through the first 14 innings of their homestand, the New York Yankees had five errors and four hits. A restless crowd was booing the team in pinstripes on a 96-degree night.

Then all of a sudden, the Bronx Bombers snapped out of it in a big way.

Pinch-hitter Neil Walker connected for a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, and New York rallied from a four-run deficit to defeat the Chicago White Sox 5-4 on Tuesday.

''It's not easy for us right now,'' Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. ''We're kind of grinding through some things. It's a tough stretch. But these guys continue to find a way.''

Aaron Hicks hit a tying homer in the eighth and rookie Miguel Andujar also had a two-run shot to help the injury-depleted Yankees win for the ninth time in 11 games. With the second-best record in the majors (84-48), they remained 6 1/2 games behind first-place Boston in the AL East.

Walker batted for Ronald Torreyes with one out and launched the first pitch he saw from Dylan Covey (4-12) way over the right-center wall for his first career pinch-hit homer and second game-ending drive. As he neared home plate, Walker tossed his helmet high in the air and was swarmed by happy teammates.

''As a pinch-hitter, you try to assume that the first pitch you see is going to be the best pitch you see. You try to be aggressive, just try to be on time,'' explained Walker, who acknowledged the Yankees are tired. ''That's obviously as much as you can ask for tonight.''

With the Yankees down by two, Giancarlo Stanton singled leading off the eighth to stop an 0-for-14 slide. Hicks drove a full-count pitch from Juan Minaya to right and shouted toward the Yankees' dugout as he trotted to first.

''Just a big relief,'' Brett Gardner said. ''A lot of excitement.''

Dellin Betances (4-3) struck out two in a perfect ninth.

New York was blanked on one hit by James Shields over the first five innings. Gardner began the comeback with a leadoff triple in the sixth , and Andujar connected for his 22nd homer two outs later.

Shields left leading 4-2 with two on in the sixth. He remained 5-15 overall, tied with Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb for the most losses in the majors.

''Pretty good outing overall,'' Shields said. ''Unfortunately, my record is not really showing how I've pitched this year. Sometimes that happens. ... Overall, I'm really pleased with my season.''

Flashing signs of improvement, the young, rebuilding White Sox had won four straight and 10 of 13.

''We've been playing really good baseball,'' Shields said. ''That's a game we can't let go right there. That's a learning process for these guys, and situational pitching is very important in this game. We have to do a better job of that.''

Chicago chased Yankees starter Lance Lynn with consecutive two-out singles in the sixth. Yolmer Sanchez greeted Jonathan Holder with an RBI single, and Nicky Delmonico made it 4-0 when he plopped a two-run single into left field.

Delmonico scored easily from first base in the fifth when Gardner bobbled Avisail Garcia's RBI double in left.

WHAT'S IN A NAME?

Fittingly, Walker's home run was the 80th walk-off homer in the majors this season. That matched the record set in 2004, according to Major League Baseball. ''He's just a true pro,'' Gardner said.

MILESTONE MAN

The 36-year-old Shields threw 98 pitches in the heat but hasn't won on the road since opening day at Kansas City. It was his 400th career start. ''I'm pretty proud of that,'' he said. ''Pretty special.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

White Sox: SS Tim Anderson tripped over an oncoming Delmonico on Greg Bird's eighth-inning popup, but held onto the ball. Anderson exited with a bruised left ankle and is day to day. ''I'm assuming he'll be fine,'' manager Rick Renteria said. Anderson was replaced in the ninth by Jose Rondon.

Yankees: RF Aaron Judge said his broken right wrist remains sore to the touch and he still hasn't started swinging a bat. ''It's getting better every couple of days,'' he said. ''They told me I can play before it completely heals.'' The slugger was injured July 26. ''It takes about six weeks for something like this to fully heal,'' Judge said. ''I'm not that close yet. I'll wake up one of these days and feel good. I'm just waiting for that day.'' ... C Gary Sanchez (strained right groin) was the DH in his second rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He has homered in both games. ... SS Didi Gregorius (bruised left heel) took grounders hit right at him and could begin running Wednesday. It remains to be seen whether he'll need a minor league rehab assignment before coming off the DL. ... All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman (left knee tendinitis) was scheduled to receive a second platelet-rich plasma injection Tuesday, according to Boone.

UP NEXT

White Sox: RHP Reynaldo Lopez (4-9, 4.66 ERA) makes his first start at Yankee Stadium in the series finale Wednesday night. Lopez is 0-4 with a 6.70 ERA in his last nine outings, getting a no-decision in each of the past five. But he pitched well Aug. 7 against New York, permitting one run in seven innings.

Yankees: CC Sabathia (7-4, 3.30) seeks his 245th career win. The 38-year-old lefty returned from the disabled list last Friday in Baltimore and allowed two earned runs with eight strikeouts over six innings. He racked up 12 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings in a strong outing Aug. 7 against the White Sox.

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  • W: D. Betances (4-3)L: D. Covey (4-12)
  • HR: NYY - N. Walker (9), A. Hicks (22), M. Andujar (22)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
Y. Sanchez 3B51210010.246.312.379.6915.5
N. Delmonico LF51220002.229.316.404.7195.0
A. Garcia RF50110023.234.264.432.6962.0
D. Palka DH30000122.237.283.471.7540.0
M. Davidson 1B40100004.226.321.446.7672.0
O. Narvaez C40100001.288.378.438.8161.0
T. Anderson SS40000022.247.291.418.709-1.0
J. Rondon SS00000000.263.311.544.8550.0
Y. Moncada 2B41100002.221.302.396.6982.0
A. Engel CF41100011.240.282.349.6311.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    B. Gardner LF41100011.239.331.373.7043.5
    G. Stanton RF41100002.277.349.520.8702.0
    A. Hicks CF31121101.251.368.472.8408.0
    M. Andujar 3B41121001.300.331.530.8617.0
    L. Voit DH40100020.313.377.563.9400.0
    G. Torres SS20100200.271.343.495.8393.0
    G. Bird 1B40000004.196.284.384.6690.0
    A. Romine C30100110.257.311.439.7501.5
    R. Torreyes 2B30000022.300.315.400.715-1.0
    a- N. Walker PH11111000.224.307.354.6616.0
    • a-homered for Torreyes in the 9th
    BATTING
    • 2B - A. Garcia (9), M. Davidson (21)
    • RBI - Y. Sanchez (46), N. Delmonico 2 (22), A. Garcia (34)
    • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (20), N. Delmonico 2 (9)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, D. Palka, M. Davidson 4 (4), Y. Moncada, A. Engel
    BATTING
    • 3B - B. Gardner (5)
    • HR - A. Hicks (22), M. Andujar (22), N. Walker (9)
    • RBI - A. Hicks 2 (63), M. Andujar 2 (74), N. Walker (38)
    • 2-Out RBI - M. Andujar 2 (25)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton, M. Andujar, G. Bird 3 (3), R. Torreyes
    BASERUNNING
    • SB - Y. Sanchez (11)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Davidson)
    • E - D. Covey (4)
    FIELDING
    • E - M. Andujar (14), G. Bird (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    J. Shields5.24224314.541.306.5
    J. Fry (H, 14)1.10000103.800.983.5
    J. Minaya (BS, 2)0.02220014.181.64-4.0
    D. Covey (L, 4-12)1.12110215.791.56-4.0
    PITCHERSIP
    J. Shields5.2
    J. Fry (H, 14)1.1
    J. Minaya (BS, 2)0.0
    D. Covey (L, 4-12)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    L. Lynn5.27331504.841.576.5
    J. Holder2.12110103.051.003.5
    D. Betances (W, 4-3)1.00000202.140.9311.0
    PITCHERSIP
    L. Lynn5.2
    J. Holder2.1
    D. Betances (W, 4-3)1.0
    PITCHING
    • WP - J. Shields (9)
    • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 98-56, J. Fry 16-10, J. Minaya 10-6, D. Covey 21-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 5-8, J. Fry 2-1, D. Covey 1-1
    • Batters Faced - J. Shields 24, J. Fry 4, J. Minaya 2, D. Covey 6
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-68, J. Holder 24-20, D. Betances 9-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 8-6, J. Holder 1-5
    • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Holder 9, D. Betances 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    Y. Sanchez 3B51210010.246.312.379.6915.5
    N. Delmonico LF51220002.229.316.404.7195.0
    A. Garcia RF50110023.234.264.432.6962.0
    D. Palka DH30000122.237.283.471.7540.0
    M. Davidson 1B40100004.226.321.446.7672.0
    O. Narvaez C40100001.288.378.438.8161.0
    T. Anderson SS40000022.247.291.418.709-1.0
    J. Rondon SS00000000.263.311.544.8550.0
    Y. Moncada 2B41100002.221.302.396.6982.0
    A. Engel CF41100011.240.282.349.6311.5
    Total3849401817-----
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      B. Gardner LF41100011.239.331.373.7043.5
      G. Stanton RF41100002.277.349.520.8702.0
      A. Hicks CF31121101.251.368.472.8408.0
      M. Andujar 3B41121001.300.331.530.8617.0
      L. Voit DH40100020.313.377.563.9400.0
      G. Torres SS20100200.271.343.495.8393.0
      G. Bird 1B40000004.196.284.384.6690.0
      A. Romine C30100110.257.311.439.7501.5
      R. Torreyes 2B30000022.300.315.400.715-1.0
      a- N. Walker PH11111000.224.307.354.6616.0
      Total3258534611-----
      • a-homered for Torreyes in the 9th
      BATTING
      • 2B - A. Garcia (9), M. Davidson (21)
      • RBI - Y. Sanchez (46), N. Delmonico 2 (22), A. Garcia (34)
      • 2-Out RBI - Y. Sanchez (20), N. Delmonico 2 (9)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - A. Garcia, D. Palka, M. Davidson 4 (4), Y. Moncada, A. Engel
      BATTING
      • 3B - B. Gardner (5)
      • HR - A. Hicks (22), M. Andujar (22), N. Walker (9)
      • RBI - A. Hicks 2 (63), M. Andujar 2 (74), N. Walker (38)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Andujar 2 (25)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Stanton, M. Andujar, G. Bird 3 (3), R. Torreyes
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - Y. Sanchez (11)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Davidson)
      • E - D. Covey (4)
      FIELDING
      • E - M. Andujar (14), G. Bird (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      J. Shields5.24224314.541.306.5
      J. Fry (H, 14)1.10000103.800.983.5
      J. Minaya (BS, 2)0.02220014.181.64-4.0
      D. Covey (L, 4-12)1.12110215.791.56-4.0
      Total8.1855463---
      PITCHERSIP
      J. Shields5.2
      J. Fry (H, 14)1.1
      J. Minaya (BS, 2)0.0
      D. Covey (L, 4-12)1.1
      Total8.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      L. Lynn5.27331504.841.576.5
      J. Holder2.12110103.051.003.5
      D. Betances (W, 4-3)1.00000202.140.9311.0
      Total9.0944180---
      PITCHERSIP
      L. Lynn5.2
      J. Holder2.1
      D. Betances (W, 4-3)1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • WP - J. Shields (9)
      • Pitches-Strikes - J. Shields 98-56, J. Fry 16-10, J. Minaya 10-6, D. Covey 21-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Shields 5-8, J. Fry 2-1, D. Covey 1-1
      • Batters Faced - J. Shields 24, J. Fry 4, J. Minaya 2, D. Covey 6
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 103-68, J. Holder 24-20, D. Betances 9-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 8-6, J. Holder 1-5
      • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 27, J. Holder 9, D. Betances 3
      • 9TH INNING
        Walker homered to right center45
      • 8TH INNING
        Hicks homered to right, Stanton scored44
      • 6TH INNING
        Andujar homered to left center, Gardner scored42
        Delmonico singled to left, Engel and Sanchez scored40
        Sanchez singled to center, Moncada scored, Engel to third, Sanchez to second20
      • 5TH INNING
        Garcia doubled to deep left, Delmonico scored10
      • 9TH INNING
        • Dellin Betances relieved Jonathan Holder
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
        • N. Delmonico: Delmonico lined out to right
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Garcia struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Jose Rondon at shortstop
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Romine struck out swinging
        • Neil Walker hit for Ronald Torreyes
        • N. Walker: Walker homered to right center
      • 8TH INNING
        • J. Holder Pitching:
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Foul, Anderson lined out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Ball, Moncada flied out to left
        • A. Engel: Ball, Foul, Engel flied out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Juan Minaya relieved Jace Fry
        • G. Stanton: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Stanton singled to right center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hicks homered to right, Stanton scored
        • Dylan Covey relieved Juan Minaya
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Torres singled to right center
        • G. Bird: Torres to second on Covey throwing error, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bird popped out to shortstop
        • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
      • 7TH INNING
        • J. Holder Pitching:
        • D. Palka: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Palka struck out on foul tip
        • M. Davidson: Davidson popped out to first
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Narvaez grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Fry Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Strike looking, Ball, Romine grounded out to third
        • R. Torreyes: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Gardner grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Narvaez flied out to deep left
        • T. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Anderson flied out to left
        • Y. Moncada: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Moncada singled to center
        • A. Engel: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Foul, Engel singled to left, Moncada to second
        • Jonathan Holder relieved Lance Lynn
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Sanchez singled to center, Moncada scored, Engel to third, Sanchez to second
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Delmonico singled to left, Engel and Sanchez scored
        • A. Garcia: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Garcia flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gardner tripled to deep right center
        • G. Stanton: Stanton popped out to second
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Hicks popped out to third
        • M. Andujar: Strike looking, Andujar homered to left center, Gardner scored
        • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Voit singled to center
        • G. Torres: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Torres walked, Voit to second
        • Jace Fry relieved James Shields
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Bird lined out to right
        • End of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Sanchez grounded out to second
        • N. Delmonico: Foul, Ball, Ball, Delmonico singled to left
        • A. Garcia: Ball, Garcia doubled to deep left, Delmonico scored
        • D. Palka: Ball, Palka flied out to left
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Davidson grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • G. Torres: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Torres walked
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bird lined into double play first, Torres out at first
        • A. Romine: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine walked
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Torreyes grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • O. Narvaez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Narvaez singled to right center
        • T. Anderson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul tip, Anderson struck out on foul tip
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Moncada reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Narvaez out at second
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Engel struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Ball, Hicks grounded out to first
        • M. Andujar: Andujar flied out to shallow center
        • L. Voit: Strike looking, Voit grounded out to third
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • A. Engel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Engel grounded out to shortstop
        • Y. Sanchez: Foul, Sanchez singled to left center
        • N. Delmonico: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Delmonico lined out to shortstop
        • A. Garcia: Foul, Garcia safe at first on 3rd baseman Andujar fielding error, Sanchez to second
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Palka walked, Sanchez to third, Garcia to second
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Davidson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Palka out at second
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • A. Romine: Romine singled to left center
        • R. Torreyes: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Torreyes struck out swinging
        • B. Gardner: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner struck out swinging
        • G. Stanton: Ball, Ball, Ball, Romine to second on wild pitch, Strike looking, Stanton grounded out to third
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • M. Davidson: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Davidson doubled to deep right
        • O. Narvaez: Foul, Narvaez grounded out to first, Davidson to third
        • T. Anderson: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
        • Y. Moncada: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Moncada flied out to right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • L. Voit: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Voit struck out swinging
        • G. Torres: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres lined out to third
        • G. Bird: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bird lined out to right
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • L. Lynn Pitching:
        • Y. Sanchez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Sanchez safe at first on 1st baseman Bird fielding error
        • N. Delmonico: Ball, Strike looking, Delmonico flied out to center
        • A. Garcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Garcia struck out swinging, Sanchez stole second
        • D. Palka: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Palka struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
        • J. Shields Pitching:
        • B. Gardner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gardner flied out to left
        • G. Stanton: Stanton lined out to center
        • A. Hicks: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Hicks walked
        • M. Andujar: Ball, Ball, Andujar grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)