After Striking Out Four Times in One Inning, the Yankees Win


But the biggest moment of the game came on a costly error by the Angels. Leading off the 14th inning, Torres struck out on a slider in the dirt from Angels relief pitcher Luke Bard. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy recovered the ball but lobbed it over first baseman Albert Pujols, allowing Torres to reach safely.

Frazier, with a heavily taped left ankle, then struck out. With third baseman Tommy La Stella and Bourjos switching positions in the field, Tauchman fanned looking. Torres advanced to second on a wild pitch from Bard and later stole third.

Ausmus called for Ford, a left-handed hitter, to be intentionally walked so that Bard, a right-handed pitcher, could face Urshela, another right-hander. Urshela again delivered, his R.B.I. single to center field giving the Yankees a 4-3 lead. Kyle Higashioka later struck out, the fourth of the inning.

“It was good that we stayed focused and we didn’t lower our heads, and that’s what helped us win the game,” Urshela said.

On for his second inning, Yankees relief pitcher Jonathan Holder, who had not pitched as well to start this season as he did last year, notched two outs in the bottom of the 14th. Boone called for an intentional walk of right fielder Kole Calhoun so that Holder could face pitcher Trevor Cahill — an unusual matchup in the American League. Holder struck him out to close out the win.

“A weird situation,” Holder said afterward, adding later, “That was definitely different seeing a pitcher up there.”

After the game, Boone looked relieved. Yankees players quickly showered and changed. “I don’t even remember my hotel room number,” relief pitcher Luis Cessa said to nearby teammates.

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