CHICAGO — Miguel Andujar may be going through growing pains with his glove, but there is nothing wrong with his bat.
Stationed at designated hitter in the two games since his costly error led to an extra-inning loss to Boston on Sunday night, Andujar delivered a two-out, run-scoring single in the 13th inning that lifted the Yankees to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.
Andujar, who earlier hit a solo home run, drove in Didi Gregorius by reaching down and lining a changeup from the White Sox left-hander Luis Avilan into left-center field.
Unlike their 7-0 romp over the White Sox on Monday, the Yankees had to work especially hard for a win that kept them nine games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East.
After Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-out, two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Yankees to a 3-1 lead, the White Sox answered back when Jose Abreu hit a two-out, two-run homer off the recently acquired Zach Britton.
Britton, who had 139 saves with the Baltimore Orioles, was trying to save the game because Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees’ closer, was out of commission after throwing 39 pitches in Sunday night’s loss at Boston. Britton hit the first batter he faced, Omar Narvaez, but retired the next two batters before Abreu hit a 1-1 fastball over the center-field wall.
Sonny Gray, making his first relief appearance after being removed from the starting rotation last week, pitched the final three innings, striking out Nicky Delmonico to end the game.
“I knew the situation of the game — one run and the game is over,” Gray said. “But I didn’t think about that,” Gray said.
Instead, he focused on going after hitters, something he had gotten away from at times.
“Grip it and rip it and see what happens,” he said. “Throw everything with conviction.”
The Yankees were no-hit for five innings by Reynaldo Lopez and were kept scoreless until Andujar’s solo home run leading off the seventh. But C.C. Sabathia and four relievers kept the Yankees in it, and in the 10th inning Stanton belted a full-count slider from Tyler Danish deep into the right-center field seats, just beyond the range of Adam Engel, the acrobatic center fielder who had stolen two home runs in the first two games of the series.
Engel, who leapt at the wall to steal a potential three-run homer from Greg Bird on Monday, jumped even higher on Tuesday to snatch a home run away from Kyle Higashioka in the fifth inning. It not only deprived the Yankees of a run, it kept Lopez’s no-hitter intact.
The right-handed Lopez did not yield a hit until Aaron Hicks hit a double that was just out of Engel’s reach in the left-center gap. Lopez eventually worked out of a first-and-third, no-out jam by getting Gregorius to pop up, Gleyber Torres to fly out — Engel made a fine running catch on the shallow pop — and Bird to strike out when he could not check his swing.
In the seventh, Lopez stiffened again. After Andujar’s leadoff homer tied the score, Higashioka poked a one-out double into the right-field corner and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Brett Gardner’s deep fly to center. But Lopez retired Hicks on a grounder to second to keep the score even at 1-1.
Lopez was almost matched by Sabathia, who had lasted a total of seven and two-thirds innings previous two starts. He had a far more robust outing Tuesday, striking out a season-high 12 and allowing only one run, when Narvaez walked to begin the third, advanced to third on a double by Avisail Garcia and scored on Abreu’s sacrifice fly to center.