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Chicago,  IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The New York Yankees scored two runs in the 
ninth  inning to tie  the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, then two more in the 13th 
to win the finale of a two-game series, 4-2. 

Only one run came home on a hit. 

The Yankees, stymied by Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija for seven innings, scored 
two on a botched double play in the ninth and got the go-ahead tally on a Jose 
Veras wild pitch in the 13th. 

The  Yankees, who will remain in Chicago to play the White Sox, had 13 hits in 
the game -- all singles -- and snapped a two-game slide. 

The Cubs had a three-game winning streak snapped, which included a 6-1 win in 
the  series opener on  Tuesday when they became the first major league team to 
beat Yankees rookie Masahiro Tanaka. 

They  continued to let  down Samardzija, who has gone 16 starts without a win, 
including 10 outings this season despite leading the majors with a 1.46 ERA. 

The  right-hander  gave up just four  hits and continued to receive paltry run 
support.  He  allowed three runs  or fewer for  the 13th consecutive start but 
remains winless since last Aug. 24. 

The Cubs have scored just 20 runs in the 10 games Samardzija has started this 
season. 

"What  can I say to him? I can say you did a great job. You did everything you 
can  do. Again,  it's no consolation to him," said Cubs manager Rick Renteria. 
"But it doesn't take away from his efforts." 

Yankees righty Chase Whitley, in his second career major-league start, gave up 
a run on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings. 

Brendan Ryan led off the 13th with a single, Yangervis Solarte followed with a 
walk  and both runners moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Preston Claiborne (2-0) 
in the pitcher's first major league at-bat. 

Yankees  manager  Joe Girardi said he  wasn't sure if Claiborne, a 26-year-old 
right-hander, had worked on hitting at all. 

"We  passed him the  message of what we wanted: Just bunt the ball in front of 
the plate and the grass will kill it," said Girardi. 

Veras  (0-1) nearly  hit the next batter,  John Ryan Murphy, with a wild pitch 
that  scored Ryan, and Murphy dropped a bloop single into right field to drive 
in the second run. 

David  Robertson  gave up a one-out  single to Welington Castillo but stranded 
him at second base in the bottom of the 13th to pick up his ninth save. 

Earlier,  Mark Teixeira  led off the ninth inning with a single against Hector 
Rondon before Brian McCann walked and Solarte singled to load the bases. 

Both  runs scored  after  Ichiro  Suzuki's ground  ball  to shortstop  Starlin 
Castro,  who threw to  second base for the first out as Teixeira trotted home. 
Darwin  Barney's throw to  first was wide of the bag to the outfield side, and 
skipped into foul territory, letting pinch-runner Ryan score the tying run. 

The Cubs  loaded the bases with  three consecutive singles off Whitley in the 
fourth inning and took a 1-0 lead on Mike Olt's sacrifice fly to center. 

Emilio  Bonifacio led  off the fifth with  a triple but was stranded at third. 
Dellin Betances got the last two outs of the inning after relieving Whitley. 

Batting for Samardzija, Ryan Kalish hit a one-out triple in the seventh inning 
and scored on a Bonifacio squeeze bunt, sliding in ahead of the scoop throw by 
pitcher Adam Warren to make it 2-0. 

The Cubs  loaded the  bases later in  the seventh, but  Derek Jeter turned an 
inning-ending  double play  for  New  York, stepping  on  second and  throwing 
Castro out at first. 

                                   Game Notes 

The  Yankees  went 3-for-18 with  runners in  scoring position in the two-game 
series  and left 23 men on base ... Claiborne gave up one hit in 1 2/3 innings 
...  The Cubs start  a 10-game  road trip in  San Diego  on Thursday with the 
opener of a four-game set. 

 
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