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Rizzo delivers go-ahead hit, injures neck as Yankees chase Darvish early in 10-7 win over Padres

Anthony Rizzo hit a go-ahead RBI single in New York’s seven-run third inning before injuring his neck on a pickoff play as the Yankees knocked out Yu Darvish early and beat the San Diego Padres 10-7 on Sunday.

Rizzo was injured when Kyle Higashioka picked off Fernando Tatis Jr. to end the sixth. As the first baseman leaned back to apply the tag, Rizzo collided with Tatis. Rizzo stayed on the ground for a few minutes and headed back to the clubhouse as the Yankees batted.

The Yankees said Rizzo's exit was for precautionary reasons.

Jake Cronenworth hit a solo homer two batters in and Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer off Gerrit Cole (6-0), who allowed six runs (five earned) and four hits in six-plus innings.

Aaron Judge homered off Darvish in the first and hit a tying RBI single ahead of Rizzo’s hit. Willie Calhoun, who was traded from the Dodgers to Texas for Darvish in 2017, hit an RBI double to knock out the right-hander.

Harrison Bader and Higashioka committed throwing errors that allowed Jose Azócar to score on his own RBI single in the second before contributing as New York matched its biggest inning this year. Bader also hit a late homer.

Bader beat out a potential double play grounder to score Judge and scored on Calhoun’s hit that knocked out Darvish after stealing second. Higashioka doubled twice in the lengthy inning and hit an RBI double after scoring on rookie Anthony Volpe’s single

Bader homered and Higashioka had an RBI single in the eighth.

Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who got the game-ending hit in the 10th Saturday, also had an RBI single.

Darvish (3-4) allowed a season-high seven runs and seven hits in 2 2/3 innings in his first start against the Yankees in nearly six years.

Juan Soto was scratched about 10 minutes before first pitch due to back tightness and was replaced by Azócar, who gave the Padres a 3-1 lead. Soto grounded out in the ninth against Clay Holmes, who allowed Brett Sullivan's sacrifice fly before retiring Tatis to end it.

Azócar hit a single that landed to the left of Bader to score Ha-Seong Kim, who stole second. Bader’s throw sailed over Higashioka’s head to the backstop. Higashioka retrieved the ball but his throw to third sailed into left field, allowing Azócar to score standing up.

The Yankees began the third with five straight hits and took the lead when Rizzo’s single went past the diving try of Odor at second. After center fielder Trent Grisham made a leaping catch on DJ LeMahieu, Bader was safe by a few steps at first and Calhoun’s double chased Darvish.

San Diego knocked out Cole when the first three hitters reached. Jimmy Cordero fanned Tatis on three pitches to end the seventh and protect an 8-6 lead.

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