NEW YORK -- For some players, it may be difficult to turn the page after committing errors in the field, but not for rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres.The two infielders combined for three of the Yankees' season-high five errors on Tuesday, but they were able to put those mistakes
NEW YORK -- For some players, it may be difficult to turn the page after committing errors in the field, but not for rookies Miguel Andujar and Gleyber Torres.
The two infielders combined for three of the Yankees' season-high five errors on Tuesday, but they were able to put those mistakes behind them in the 10th inning, when they had back-to-back hits with two outs to give the Yankees a 6-5 victory over the Astros.
Although his night ended well, Torres began on a shaky note, as he committed a throwing error on the first play of the game that allowed George Springer to advance to second.
"Really, I feel bad for the error," Torres said. "I think the errors happen in the game. I just ... don't focus on that. Change the page, and I start to do my job. I'm ready for the other ground ball."
The defensive struggles continued in the fifth, when Andujar and Carsten Sabathia had back-to-back throwing errors that led to two unearned runs. Torres then had another miscue in the seventh, when a ground ball hit off the heel of his glove.
"The thing is, me and Gleyber are always talking to each other and being there for each other," Andujar said. "I told him, 'Hey, let's put that aside. We're going to have some good at-bats. We've got to play all nine innings until the end of the game.' You have to be able to do that … put that aside and look forward."
Gary Sanchez was responsible for the team's fifth miscue of the evening when he threw the ball into center field on a pickoff attempt in the seventh. This was this first time the Yankees had committed five errors in a game since July 21, 2014.
Just when it looked like the game was out of reach, Brett Gardner tied it up in the ninth with a two-run shot to right field, forcing extra innings. That's when Torres and Andujar put all the mistakes in the rearview mirror.
With two outs in the 10th, Andujar laced a 103.4-mph double -- as projected by Statcast™ -- to left field on an 0-2 pitch to bring up the American League Player of the Week.
"I just ... relaxed," Torres said. "Try to put the ball in play and help my team. I think that's most important for me, help my team when I've got opportunities. I try to do my job. When I don't do my job, I feel bad."
Torres worked a 2-1 count before fouling off back-to-back pitches. He then served a single into right field that easily scored Andujar to end the game. As he rounded first, his team piled on him and gave him a celebratory dousing.
"I think it's just part of who they are," manager Aaron Boone said of Andujar and Torres' never-give-up attitude. "I think it's part of their journey to get here, their journey through the Minor Leagues, and a lot of good people have impacted them, and you can see it in the way they are. They are very consistent in the way they go about things. Just love to see them continue to fight through a couple of mistakes."
Entering Tuesday, the Yankees had five errors in the last 10 games, but they collected that total in just seven innings. This was the team's first win while making at least five errors since April 19,1997, and just the fourth since 1960.
"I just said that to somebody in here," Sabathia said. "'Teams don't win when you make five errors.' The way this team bounced back to put some clutch hits together, it just shows you a lot about this team."
Mandy Bell is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.