Aroldis Chapman quits as White Sox end Yankees winning streak

CHICAGO — The Yankees don’t often lose to the White Sox, but when they do, it’s in dramatic fashion.

Aroldis Chapman gave up Luis Robert’s game-winning single at right that tagged Tim Anderson with one out in the bottom of the ninth and the Yankees saw their five-game winning streak shattered in a 3-2 loss at guaranteed rate field.

It was only the Yankees’ second loss in their last 11 games against the White Sox. The other was the Field of Dreams game in Iowa last year, which ended in a home run by Anderson.

This time Anderson singled out Chapman with an out and Yoan Moncada walked before Robert ended it.

“Things got a little complicated,” Chapman said through a ninth-level interpreter. “You have to give them credit. They did the job.

Luis Robert celebrates after his single without a date.
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Aroldis Chapman pitched in the Yankees' loss to the White Sox on Saturday.
Aroldis Chapman pitched in the Yankees’ loss to the White Sox on Saturday.
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Chapman has walked nine batters in his last 8 ²/₃ innings, none costlier than the one against Moncada on Saturday.

The Yankees, however, went just 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and had their best chances late in the game and suffered a self-inflicted injury to help cut short a rally.

With the White Sox leading 2-1 early in the ninth, Joey Gallo started with a walk against Liam Hendriks, who had come on in the eighth to bail out Joe Kelly.

Luis Robert is showered after the White Sox beat the Yankees.
Luis Robert is showered after the White Sox beat the Yankees.
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Isiah Kiner-Falefa followed with a right single, sending Gallo into third.

With Kyle Higashioka at the plate, Kiner-Falefa stole second place. Higashioka hit a sacrifice fly on the left, which scored Gallo to tie the game. Kiner-Falefa, however, was ejected trying to move up to third for the second out when Moncada cut off AJ Pollock’s throw and threw to Anderson covering the sack.

Kiner-Falefa called it a “dumb game” and clarified that he wasn’t trying to fire the throw to make sure Gallo scored.

Aroldis Chapman reacts during the Yankees' loss to the White Sox.
Aroldis Chapman reacts during the Yankees’ loss to the White Sox.
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“It was a bad read,” Kiner-Falefa said, adding that he thought the pitch would go over Moncada and home plate. “I’m already in a position to score. … This cannot happen. Whenever you have the big players coming in, you can’t get kicked out on the third.

DJ LeMahieu followed by striking with Aaron Judge on the deck, leaving the score tied in the bottom of the ninth.

The Yankees scored a run in the eighth, but had a chance to do more. Giancarlo Stanton picked Judge, but with runners at second and third and one out, Hendriks knocked out Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres with four-seams at 98 mph.

The Yankees waited for starting pitcher Jordan Montgomery to leave the game to start scoring runs.

In seven starts, Montgomery received just 2.29 carries per game of support, one full run less than anyone else in the Yankees rotation. The closest is Nestor Cortes, at 3.83.

The Yankees have scored more three-pointers for Montgomery only once this season. It was much the same Saturday against Dallas Keuchel, the left-hander who has plagued the Yankees throughout his career.

Keuchel entered the game with a 2.23 ERA in nine career starts against the Yankees and a 6.86 overall ERA this year. This was skewed somewhat by a one-inning disaster against the Guardians on April 20, when Keuchel allowed seven earned runs.

Keuchel pitched five scoreless innings on Saturday.

Jordan Montgomery reacts during the Yankees' loss to the White Sox.
Jordan Montgomery reacts during the Yankees’ loss to the White Sox.
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Montgomery was shaking from the start. Anderson started the bottom of first with a single and moved to second on a ground ball from Moncada. Robert snatched a shot just before his center single scored Anderson to give Chicago a 1-0 lead in a 26-pitch inning.

Montgomery and the Yankees fell even further behind when Moncada hit an early homer to cross late in the third.

Montgomery’s struggles continued late into the fourth. The southpaw hadn’t walked a batter in his previous three starts or first three innings on Saturday, but gave up back-to-back walks to Adam Engel and Josh Harrison with one out in the fourth. However, he got Anderson to hit in a late-inning double play to make it a two-run game.

Kiner-Falefa hit a one-out single in the fifth and LeMahieu and Judge walked twice, setting up Rizzo with the bases loaded.

But Rizzo, with just five hits and a pair of RBIs in his previous 40 plate appearances, found himself second to end the threat.

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