MIAMI — Anthony Rizzo has wasted no time making his mark on the Yankees.
He hit a monstrous homerun in his debut on Friday to give the Yankees a lead and the first baseman delivered again in Saturday’s 4-2 win over the Marlins, when he scored the go-ahead run in the fifth and another towering homer added two. innings later for an insurance run.
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Rizzo, 31, who was taken from the Cubs in a trade on Thursday, was in the midst of a hot streak with Chicago before the move and it has continued with his new team.
He hit five home runs in his last six games and provided a much-needed shock to a Yankees offense that had underperformed all season.
Rizzo reached base in all of his five at bats on Saturday, was hit by a pitch and added a walk and a single before hitting his 16th homer of the season – giving the Yankees their 4-2 lead. Rizzo walked again in the ninth.
The leadoff single in the fifth was crucial, as Giancarlo Stanton followed with a walk and both runners moved on a deep flyout by Rougned Odor to the left.
After Gary Sanchez struckout looking, the Marlins walked Tyler Wade intentionally to replace Domingo German.
Gio Urshela, not in the starting line-up due to a tight left hamstring, pinch-hit and the Marlins went to Anthony Bender with the bases loaded.
A wild pitch — which catcher Jorge Alfaro probably should have fielded — enabled Rizzo to score the go-ahead run before Urshela struckout.
Lucas Luetge replaced German to start the bottom of the fifth and threw around a leadoff double by Lewis Brinson in the scoreless inning. The lefthander then retired the side in the sixth, as the new Yankees bullpen threw well and also shutout Clay Holmes, who arrived from the Pirates last week.
Chad Green threw a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Loaisiga came in for the ninth, as Aroldis Chapman had pitched three of the four previous days.
After the pin knocked out 13 straight on Brinson’s double, Loaisiga gave up an one-out single to Brian Anderson.
Lewin Diaz followed with a grounder to the right side of the infield, which was moved to enable Gleyber to field Torres. Anderson stopped to try to dodge the tap and Torres tapped him with his glove – but had the ball in his hand – bouncing the throw to Rizzo first.
Both runners were safe and with runners on first and second base, pitching coach Matt Blake visited Loaisiga.
Loaisiga got Alfaro to look and take out Bryan De La Cruz to put an end to it.
The Marlins were left without manager Don Mattingly, who will at least miss the rest of the series after testing positive for COVID-19. Bench coach James Rowson succeeded in place of Mattingly.
Odour gave the Yankees the lead for the first time in the second inning.
The inning started when Trevor Rogers hammered Rizzo on the hand. Stanton followed with a double to the middle that was initially ruled as a homerun, but bounced off the top of the fence, bringing Rizzo to third base.
Odor’s single to the right scored Rizzo and the ground-rule double by Sanchez drove in Stanton to make it 2-0.
After the first four batters of the inning reached base, Rogers recovered to get Tyler Wade, German and Gleyber Torres.
The Yankees loaded the bases with two outs in the third by walking Rizzo and Stanton and another single to the right by Odor, but Sanchez flied out to the left to make it a two-run game.
German, who had a start in Boston in which he only gave up a hit in the eighth inning, held Miami hitless until the fourth inning on Saturday, when Miguel Rojas led off with a single.
German got Anderson and Diaz before Alfaro tripled to left-center for the Marlins’ first run.
The game was judged a triple, but Aaron Judge, who played in midfield, threw the ball to second, enabling Alfaro to advance to third.
Alfaro scored on a German wild pitch to make it 2-2.
The Yankees took the lead for good in the fifth.