NEW YORK (AP) — Yan Gomes hit a tying pinch-hit two-run single in the seventh inning following a fielding error by second baseman Gleyber Torres and Seiya Suzuki hit a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the eighth and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 7-4 victory over the New York Yankees on Sunday.
Mike Tauchman opened the eighth with a single off Ron Marinaccio (4-4) before Nico Hoerner and Ian Happ walked.
Suzuki, who homered in the fifth for Chicago’s only hit off Domingo Germán, followed with a sacrifice fly off Clay Holmes as the Yankees deployed a five-man infield and Tauchman easily scored when right fielder Giancarlo Stanton’s throw was slightly up the line.
“I just wanted to get that run in from third and as you can see there were five infielders,” Suzuki said through a translator. “So the best I could do was hit that sacrifice fly. I was glad I was able to do that.”
Hoerner scored the sixth run when Holmes threw a wild pitch over catcher Kyle Higashioka’s glove to the backstop and Tucker Barnhart added an RBI double in the ninth.
“That’s a really nice team win, something I think we needed going into the break,” Chicago manager David Ross said. “These guys have fought really hard. The way we’ve come back here lately has been really impressive.”
After the game, New York fired hitting coach Dillon Lawson. The Yankees offense has struggled since star right fielder Aaron Judge’s injury on June 3. The Yankees dropped to 14-17 since losing Judge to a torn ligament in his right big toe.
The Cubs (42-47) won for the fifth time in 14 games since getting to within a game of .500 following a 9-1 win over St. Louis June 24 in London.
Chicago rallied late after a frustrating opening inning when starter Kyle Hendricks was called for a pitch clock violation before his first pitch and Ross was ejected two batters into the game.
“Just unbelievable at-bats by the guys; just putting pressure on them throughout the rest of the game there,” Hendricks said. “Just played that second half of the game so well. I’m super happy for our guys.”
Germán was lifted after only 74 pitches after allowing a walk to Happ to start the seventh and things unraveled for the Yankees.
“I just felt like it was time, and we were lined up there,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.
With one out, reliever Ian Hamilton allowed a single to Cody Bellinger, Christopher Morel hit a potential double play grounder to Torres, who misplayed it for a fielding error as the runners advanced to second and third.
“I tried to rush a little bit and I missed the ball,” said Torres, who was charged with his ninth error.
Tommy Kahnle allowed a run-scoring groundout to Jared Young and was one strike away from getting out of the inning before Gomes batted for Patrick Wisdom and blooped in a single in front of center fielder Harrison Bader.
Julian Merryweather (2-0) retired Billy McKinney with two on in the seventh to set it up for Chicago’s rally.
Following a 23-minute rain delay, Michael Fulmer pitched the eighth and Adbert Alzolay needed seven pitches in the ninth to secure his seventh save.
Germán pitched four hitless innings until Suzuki hit a drive to left that eluded McKinney.
McKinney ran back and attempted to make a leaping catch but the ball went slightly out of his reach and landed in the glove of a fan sitting in the first row.
Rookie Anthony Volpe hit a two-run homer and Higashioka followed with a solo shot to gave the Yankees a 4-1 lead in the sixth.
Anthony Rizzo hit an RBI double after an eventful start to the game.
Hendricks was called for a violation before throwing his first pitch to Torres.
“It’s a tough first inning you go out there you got to get the mound shaped up,” Hendricks said.
Ross was ejected for the fourth time this season and second time in five days when he argued a pitch that plate umpire Alex MacKay called a ball, giving Stanton a 2-0 count.
A YES Network mic caught Ross saying: “You’ve gotta be better. You got one (expletive) game before you get a break and you’re that (expletive) bad already?”
“I think he didn’t like me yelling anymore,” Ross said.
Hendricks allowed four runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Yankees: Two days after being transferred to the 60-day IL, LHP Nestor Cortes (rotator cuff inflammation) threw 20 pitches in live batting practice to OF Greg Allen, who is recovering from a strained right hip. Cortes will next throw Thursday in Tampa at the minor league facility followed by July 17 in Anaheim.… RHP Jonathan Loáisiga (right elbow inflammation) threw about 10 pitches in a light bullpen session, his first since undergoing arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur on May 2.
Cubs: host Boston in the opener of a three-game series Friday night.
Yankees: LHP Carlos Rodón will make his second start in the opener of a three-game series at Colorado on Friday.