NEW YORK – – Pinch hitter Jose Trevino finally broke a stalemate in the 13th inning with a game-winning single that gave the New York Yankees a 2-1 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday night.
Gleyber Torres faced New York in the fourth, but neither team managed a hit in the extra innings until Trevino came off the bench and delivered with two outs and runners in second and third.
Trevino, who batted for fellow catcher Kyle Higashioka, hemmed a 1-1 pitch from Alec Mills (0-1) via shortstop to give the major league-leading Yankees (42-16) their ninth win in 10 games grant.
Jason Heyward hit his first home run for the Cubs this season, making it their first visit to Yankee Stadium since April 2014. Chicago (23-34) lost its fourth straight win.
The teams faced Tampa Bay and Baltimore on May 20 for the longest game by innings in the majors this season.
Luis Severino struck out 10, including five of his first six batters, and delivered six innings of one-run balls to steady a strong Yankees rotation emerging from three unusually tough Minnesota games.
Severino raised his arms and slipped on his glove as center fielder Aaron Judge saved at least one and likely two runs with a jump catch to end the third.
Just prior to that, Torres was perfectly positioned in an infield shift to throw a runner onto the plate.
Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo was 0 for 4 in his first game against the Cubs since they brought him to New York last July. He also walked and was hit by bad luck.
Yankees reserve Clarke Schmidt was pumped after getting double plays to end each of his two extra innings scoreless.
Ron Marinaccio (1-0) earned his first major league win with a scoreless inning.
Even with the automatic runner on second base starting every extra inning, neither team got through until the 13th, when Yankees fans got restless. The Cubs didn’t score after the ninth.
Wade Miley was activated from the injured list to start for the Cubs but didn’t last long. He threw three shutout innings and then retired with left shoulder pain. The left-hander had been sidelined since May 26 with a shoulder strain after missing the first five weeks of this season with an elbow infection.
Daniel Norris replaced Miley in the fourth and gave up Torres’ 11th home run on his first pitch.
Heyward tied the fifth, a shot from opposite field to the left for his first home run since September 8 of last year.
Yankees release Clay Holmes finished ninth and extended his shutout streak to 28 innings — the longest for New York since Mariano Rivera ended the 1999 season with 30 2/3 consecutive innings scoreless.
Cubs rookie Christopher Morel had two more hits and has safely hit base in his first 22 major league games.
Cleanup batter Frank Schwindel, from nearby New Jersey, had a rough night with a big cheering section in the stands. He went 0 for 5 and landed in a double play with two ons to finish in 10th.
Cubs: Starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was placed on the 15-day injured list retroactively to June 7 with a right shoulder infection. Chicago recovered catcher Yan Gomes (left oblique trunk) and infielder Jonathan Villar (mouth injury) from the 10-day injured list. RHP Michael Rucker and INF Alfonso Rivas were opted for Triple-A Iowa. … Nick Madrigal slowed as he pulled out a grounder to finish 12th and was replaced at second base in the bottom half. … Seiya Suzuki remained in the IL with a sprained left ring finger, but manager David Ross said the rookie outfielder could still be activated this weekend. Suzuki should do a full round of batting practice. “It feels like an everyday occurrence, but with Seiya it’s a slow process right now,” Ross said. … The team are giving Kyle Hendricks extra rest while he deals with some physical issues, but Ross said the right-hander threw a bullpen on Friday and will serve “in the near future.” Chicago needs a starter for Sunday’s series finale, but Ross said the club have several options.
Yankees: SS Isiah Kiner-Falefa was rested in favor of veteran Marwin Gonzalez, who started night 7 for 17 (.412) with a homer and two doubles against Miley. Gonzalez was picked up for a pinch hitter in the seventh and Kiner-Falefa went on defense in the eighth.
Rookie RHP Matt Swarmer (1-0, 1.50 ERA) makes his third major league start Saturday night for the Cubs against Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery (1-1, 3.02).