Sánchez adelantó a los Yankees en la segunda entrada ante el novato A.J. Alexy (2-1) con su cuadrangular número 22.
Su juego detrás del plato contribuyó a tres derrotas durante la caída de Nueva York desde la posición de playoff.: Sánchez failed to tag a runner against the Mets despite catching the throw in plenty of time, allowed a pair of ninth-inning wild pitches at Baltimore and missed a foul popup in a seven-run inning by Cleveland.
With a harvest moon rising above Yankee Stadium, New York built a 4-0 lead before the Rangers closed the gap in a three-run fifth against Nestor Cortes.
Chad Green (8-7) retired five straight batters, Clay Holmes and Joely Rodríguez combined for the seventh and eighth, and Aroldis Chapman got three straight outs for his 28th save in 32 posibilidades.
New York moved within a half-game of Toronto for the second AL wild card and with 11 games left is two back of Boston, the league’s wild-card leader. The Yankees had lost 15 de 22 following a 13-game winning streak.
Run-scoring hits by Aaron Judge and Gleyber Torres around Giancarlo Stanton’s sacrifice fly built the lead in a three-run third. Alexy stranded the bases loaded by striking out Brett Gardner.
Cortes pitched shutout ball until the fifth, when Charlie Culberson led off with a home run. Leody Taveras and Isiah Kiner-Falefa hit consecutive doubles, Green threw a wild pitch that Sánchez hardly moved for, and rookie standout Adolis García hit a sacrifice fly.
Cortes, 0-1 in his last five starts, allowed three runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts.
Alexy, making his third big league start, allowed four runs, four hits and six walks in 3 1/3 entrada. The Rangers dropped to 55-95, on track for their first 100-loss season since 1973.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone defended Sánchez and credited him with improvement. “Sometimes because Gary is the lightning rod that he seems to be sometimes, a play or two really torpedoes some of that or changes that narrative, and that’s not necessarily fair,” Boone dijo. “I think it’s important to acknowledge the strides that he has made in every facet on the defensive side while also acknowledging a couple of big mistakes this week, without question.”
Joey Gallo went 0 por 3 with a walk after missing 1 1/2 games with a sore neck, returning to play for the first time against the team that traded him to the Yankees in July.
“It’s crazy. It’s weird being on the other side,” él dijo. “It brings a lot of emotion, a lot of memories.”
Gallo went to the Rangers’ locker room on the third-base side before batting practice.
“He came across enemy lines in our clubhouse and I got to see him in person, which was cool,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said.
SALA DEL ENTRENADOR
Yankees: RHP Domingo Germán (right shoulder inflammation) could be activated as soon as Tuesday. Jameson Taillon (right ankle tendon) could throw in a minor league game Wednesday. … RHP Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) was activated for the first time since 2019 but didn’t pitch.
HASTA LA PRÓXIMA
LHP Jordan Montgomery (5-6, 3.63 ERA), coming off a career-high 12 strikeouts in a no-decision at Baltimore, starts Tuesday night against Texas RHP Dane Dunning (5-8, 4.28).