MIAMI — It was a win that in some ways felt like a loss.
Miguel Andujar’s sacrifice fly in the 12th inning Tuesday night lifted the Yankees to an ugly 2-1 victory over the dreadful Marlins at Marlins Stadium.
But closer Aroldis Chapman left the victory, the banged-up Yankees’ fourth straight, with a left knee injury after just six pitches. After the game, Aaron Boone said Chapman, who has been battling tendinitis in the knee for most of the season, will undergo an MRI Wednesday and be evaluated further.
"It's a huge concern," Boone said, "because he's a huge part of our club. We're going through a tough stretch and we've had a lot of guys go down . . . I’m concerned about it because really, virtually every other time, he’s been able to work through it. So for him to call attention to it, that has me concerned. You hope for the best tomorrow."
Chapman, who brought 31 saves and a 2.11 ERA into the game, said he felt the discomfort in the bullpen warming up, which has not been usual, but the pain on the mound in the game was "more than usual."
“It’s worrisome,” Chapman said through his translator. “But we have to wait till tomorrow and see what happens.”
Additionally, Boone stayed away from David Robertson because of some “tenderness” in his right shoulder. The prognosis for Robertson, who had not pitched since Friday, did sound more promising then Chapman’s.
“If they need me, I should be there tomorrow,” Robertson said. “If I had to pitch today I could have gone out there and done it, but I don’t feel like I would have been at 100 percent, and I don’t want to give this team anything but that.”
The Yankees (79-46), who went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12, climbed within eight games of the Red Sox, who have lost three straight, in the AL East.
The Marlins (50-77) played up to, or down to, their record, going 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10.
Brought on to protect the 2-1 lead, Chapman walked Isaac Galloway. After missing with his first pitch to Rafael Ortega, Chapman signaled to the dugout and was removed for Tommy Kahnle, who picked up his first save of the season and the fourth of his career. Kyle Higashioka threw out Galloway trying to steal for the final out.
Twice in the late going, Yankees relievers staved off defeat. Chad Green escaped a first-and-third, none-out jam in the ninth and A.J. Cole turned in an even better trick in the 11th, escaping a base-loaded, none-out situation.
Higashioka opened the 12th against righty Javy Guerra with a single and Brett Gardner walked. After Giancarlo Stanton, who spent the first eight years of his career here and received a loud standing ovation in the first inning, struck out, Aaron Hicks was hit by a pitch. Andujar’s sacrifice fly to left brought in the go-ahead run.
Masahiro Tanaka, after losing two in a row for the first time this season, allowed one run and four hits in six strong innings. His one mistake was a flat, first-pitch splitter in the fifth that Austin Dean hit out for a home run that tied it at 1.
Zach Britton pitched a perfect seventh and Dellin Betances did the same in the eighth. After Green’s Houdini act in the ninth, Jonathan Holder pitched a scoreless 10th. Not wanting to use his closer and staying away from Robertson, Boone went with Cole, who has struggled of late.
Brian Anderson walked to start the 11th and Derek Dietrich singled to right, putting runners at the corners for former Yankee Starlin Castro, who was intentionally walked to load the bases. But Yadiel Rivera grounded into a 6-2 force to bring up JT Riddle, who struck out. Magneuris Sierra fouled to third for the final out.
“It’s not easy for us right now,” Boone said. “We’re going through a tough stretch. Obviously we’ve had some guys go down, but that’s an opportunity for guys to step up. You’ve seen that and saw it again tonight.”