MIAMI — Anthony Rizzo seems to be adjusting just fine to his new uniform.
The first baseman hit a bomb in his Bombers debut Friday night, a 449-foot homer in the sixth inning that broke a scoreless tie, and he only increased his early legend status among the fan base Saturday night.
Rizzo hit a 410-foot homer, scored three runs and reached base five times in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Marlins in front of 25,767 at loanDepot park.
Rizzo, who went 2-for-3 with two runs, an RBI and a walk Friday night, went 2-for-2 with two walks and a hit by pitch Saturday. His homer in the seventh gave the Yankees (55-48) a 4-2 lead.
"He’s a keeper," Aaron Boone said with a smile. "What can you say? He’s been terrific. The heat of the chase has definitely invigorated him."
"It’s what you play baseball for," said Rizzo, who won a World Series with the Cubs in 2016. "And to be able to come to New York and join this team, who’s had a lot of success in years past, it’s amazing, and it’s a good feeling."
New acquisition Joey Gallo is off to a slower start in his new uniform, 0-for-7 with two walks in two games.
"You see the athleticism with him running around in the outfield," Boone said. "He’s had some good at-bats. You can tell he’s a heavy at-bat for a pitcher. I’ve been really pleased how he’s looked."
The Marlins were held to four hits and fell short in the ninth against Jonathan Loaisiga, who pitched out of a first-and-second, one-out jam by striking out Jorge Alfaro on three pitches and getting Bryan De La Cruz to ground into a forceout.
Loaisiga, closing with Aroldis Chapman having worked the previous two nights, had allowed a one-out single by Brian Anderson. Lewin Diaz then hit a bouncer to Gleyber Torres, who tagged Anderson with his glove while the ball was in his bare hand and bounced his throw to Rizzo, who could not scoop it. The result was no outs on the play, but Loaisiga got out of it.
Domingo German allowed two runs, two hits and two walks in four innings. Lucas Luetge, Clay Holmes — acquired a few days before the trade deadline — Chad Green and Loaisiga shut it down from there.
As they head into August, the Yankees — who have won 14 of their last 21 games — are 2 1/2 games behind Oakland (one in the loss column) in the battle for the American League's second wild card.
The Yankees left nine runners on base in a four-inning span from the second to the fifth, failing to take advantage of a second-and-third, none-out situation in the second after scoring their first two runs.
Trevor Rogers hit Rizzo on the right hand with a fastball and Giancarlo Stanton, a Marlin from 2010-17 before being dealt to the Yankees, followed with a drive to left-center that missed clearing the wall by about six inches, banging off the padding (it initially was called a home run but the call was changed). Rougned Odor lined an RBI single to right and Gary Sanchez dumped a ground-rule double to right to make it 2-0. Rogers struck out Tyler Wade and German and Torres grounded out to strand the runners.
The Marlins drew even in the fourth. Miguel Rojas led off with a single and two outs later, Alfaro hammered an RBI triple to left-center that made it 2-1. With De La Cruz at the plate, Sanchez got crossed up on a fastball, with the ball glancing off the mask of plate umpire Larry Vanover and rolling away for a wild pitch that tied it.
In the fifth, Rizzo lined a single to right, Stanton walked and Odor’s flyout to deep left advanced the runners. Sanchez struck out looking and the Marlins intentionally walked Wade to get to German, but Boone sent up Gio Urshela to pinch hit. In came righty Anthony Bender, who immediately bent one into the dirt for a run-scoring wild pitch.
"I can tell you just having [Rizzo] around here, it’s a good trade, man," German said through his interpreter. "You can see the kind of player he is. Just having him around the team has changed [things] in a positive way."