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Let's play two: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings

08 May 2017

CHICAGO (AP) — Aaron Hicks slid across home plate, hopped up and flexed his arms in jubilation.

"It was awesome", first baseman Anthony Rizzo said after a 5-4 loss that took 18 innings and ended on Monday morning.

After the game, he went right for an x-ray, and it came back negative for a fracture. "At the end of the day I'd like to know more about this electronic thing as we move forward". Anthony Rizzo was hit by a pitch to bring in the tying run.

Hicks struck out four times, but he came up with a huge play in the final inning.

And, finally, this was the third time in the last 75 years that the Yankees were one out away from being shut out, and then hit a go-ahead home run. Shortstop Addison Russell tried to throw home, but it was wide and Hicks scored easily.

Chasen Shreve (1-0) pitched three shutout innings for the win. The Yankees topped the Cubs 5-4 in a game that lasted six hours and five minutes.

Manager Joe Maddon praised Felix Pena and Rob Zastryzny, who combined to pitch 7‰ innings of relief.

The Yankees had led 4-1 in the ninth, only for the World Series champions to score three times against their former closer Aroldis Chapman. He said Tylenol did the trick and that he is thankful his parents made him drink milk as a kid because it gave him strong bones.

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"I felt normal. It just wasn't my night tonight", Chapman said through an interpreter.

Before Hicks scampered home with the winning run, the biggest highlight of extra innings belonged to Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber.

Schwarber created his own Derek Jeter moment late Sunday night against the Yankees at Wrigley Field, charging over from left, tracking the ball Chase Headley lifted into Bartman foul territory and tumbling headfirst over the brick wall and into the seats to make a spectacular catch in the 12th inning.

Maddon admits there could be a "careful what you wish for" effect if robots began calling balls and strikes, as no one can say right now what the "unintended consequences" would be - but the veteran manager is open to exploring the notion.

What was left of the crowd also sung along when the Cubs showed a tape of Harry Caray singing "Take Me Out To The Ball Game" for the second seventh-inning stretch in the 14th. He bruised a nerve in his left elbow on Monday.

Luis Severino had a similar line for NY, bouncing back nicely from a shaky start against Toronto last Monday. He recorded just one out and was charged with five runs and six hits.

He was the one who came through. He allowed three runs and three hits in four innings against NY.

"I really see this working its way through", Maddon said. He also hit a homer on Friday. The last Yankee center fielder to put up those numbers in any game - at least four hits, a home run, three RBIs, three runs - was Mickey Mantle on August 6, 1961 against the Twins.

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Four Cubs starting pitchers batted. Kevin Siegrist worked the 14th for his first save.

He was also, understandably, exhausted following the 6-hour, 5-minute marathon. A review confirmed the on-field call that Oh barely beat Inciarte to the bag.

"From a hitter's and pitcher's perspective, all you want to know, what a strike is, consistently", Maddon said. Schwarber was keyed in on Severino's fastball but looked foolish on a changeup that Severino buried in the lower third of the strike zone in his first at-bat.

"Whenever the backup catcher gets more outs than you, that's obviously not a positive", said Anderson, who described his performance as embarrassing. "That's twice this week we've been victimized by really tight strike zones". I threw it 3-2 counts, 2-0 counts, 1-2 counts. He was lifted after throwing 93 pitches, but not before proving he's still got the stuff that enabled him to go 16-6 last season.

"Every start the rest of the way is going to be a hurdle", he said.

Castro finished with three hits in his fifth straight multihit game, running his AL-best batting average to.381.

Jesse joined ESPN Chicago in September 2009 and covers the Chicago Cubs for and ESPN Radio 1000.

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Let's play two: Yankees beat Cubs 5-4 in 18 innings