Unlikely hero keeps makeshift Yankees rolling with 14-inning win


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Gleyber Torres, Brett Gardner and Luke Voit were the only regulars in the Yankees’ lineup Monday night against the Angels, who didn’t have to face Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Hicks, Gary Sanchez and Miguel Andujar.

The other six spots in the visitors’ batting order were filled with names that wouldn’t be in the big leagues if not for the alarming amount of injuries.

Yet the reason the Yankees started the evening one game over the break-even mark and had won five of six was their starting pitching and J.A. Happ followed the recipe for success by allowing two runs in seven innings.

It took five extra frames, but the Yankees didn’t let Happ’s solid outing go to waste. After Aroldis Chapman spit out a one-run lead in the 12th, Gio Urshela’s two-out single to center in the 14th plated Gleyber Torres and lifted the Yankees to a 4-3 victory in front of 35,403 at Angel Stadium.

The victory was the 12-10 Yankees’ fourth straight and sixth in seven games. Jonathan Holder, who pitched the final two innings, was the winner.

Torres reached first to start the 14th when catcher Jonathan Lucroy overthrew Albert Pujols after Torres swung and missed at strike three as the ball got away from Lucroy. A wild pitch moved Torres to second and he stole third. Mike Ford was intentionally walked by Luke Bard with two outs in front of Urshela’s clutch hit.