A passed ball by catcher Robinson Chirinos with two outs in the ninth inning allowed Chase Headley to score from third base Thursday, and the New York Yankees walked-off the Texas Rangers for a second straight game, this time 2-1.
Tony Barnette walked Chase Headley to start the inning, and he went to second on a bunt by Didi Gregorius. After Aaron Hicks walked, Starlin Castro grounded to third and moved both runners up 90 feet.
Jacob Ellsbury was next, and the third pitch to him got away from Chirinos.
A.J. Griffin allowed only two hits and one run, on Didi Gregorius’ home run in the fifth, over five innings. Griffin struck out eight but was done after throwing 88 pitches in his second start off the disabled list.
Yankees starter Michael Pineda allowed a leadoff homer to Shin-Soo Choo but allowed only one more hit in six innings while striking out 12. The Rangers struck out 16 times in the game.
Hitting: Unfortunately for the Rangers, their first hit Thursday wasn’t a sign of things to come. ... Shin-Soo Choo opened the game with a home run, his second leadoff homer of the year and the 18th of his career. Nomar Mazara followed to batters later with a single off Michael Pineda, but the Rangers didn’t have another hit until against him. ... At one point, Pineda struck out six straight batters. He struck out 12 in six innings. ... Mitch Moreland ended the hits drought with a single in the seventh off Dellin Betances, and Adrian Beltre started the ninth with a single to center on a 102-mph fastball from Aroldis Chapman, but the closer pitched around the hit.
Pitching: A.J. Griffin was very good for five innings, but a high pitch count in his second start of the disabled list prevented him from pitching into the sixth. Griffin allowed only two hits, a first-inning single and a fifth-inning homer by Didi Gregorius that is an out in all other ballparks. ... Griffin threw 88 pitches, striking out eight and walking two, and gave way to Shawn Tolleson with the game tied 1-all. ... Tolleson pitched around two two-out singles in the sixth and got the first two outs of the second. ... Jake Diekman entered to face pinch-hitter Carlos Beltran and quickly walked him and Jacoby Ellsbury to load the bases. Diekman got Brett Gardner to end the inning despite throwing 10 balls and only four strikes. ... Diekman, though, worked a perfect eighth before giving way to Tony Barnette in the ninth. Barnette walked Chase Headley to open the inning and then walked Aaron Hicks with one out. Starlin Castro grounded softly to first for the second out, and a passed ball against Robinson Chirinos followed three pitches later.