NEW YORK -AP- Jacoby Ellsbury and Didi Gregorius came off the bench and hit back-to-back homers in the seventh inning, sending the New York Yankees to a 3-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night.
Gary Sanchez added a leadoff home run in the eighth, CC Sabathiapitched three-hit ball for 6 1/3 innings and the Yankees helped their unexpected playoff push by winning for the eighth time in 10 games.
New York began the night two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card.
Off bench, Ellsbury & Gregorius power Yankees past Dodgers 3-0
Prized rookie Julio Urias was pulled in the fourth by the Dodgers, who had won seven of nine before their latest offensive flop against left-handed pitching.
They entered play with a four-game lead in the NL West over San Francisco, which hosted San Diego later.
In the series finale Wednesday afternoon, Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw makes his first career start at Yankee Stadium.
The 20-year-old Urias, outdone by a fellow lefty 16 years his senior, threw 78 pitches in what is expected to be his final start this season. Los Angeles plans to put Urias in the bullpen to limit his innings and get him ready for his potential postseason role.
Sabathia struck out seven and walked one as the Yankees rebounded from an 8-2 loss in the series opener, when starter Bryan Mitchell lasted only 2 1/3 innings.
Adam Warren (3-1) retired both batters he faced, and Dellin Betances got four outs for his 11th save.
Ellsbury originally was rested against the left-hander, but entered in the fifth when rookie right fielder Aaron Judge exited with an injury.
With one out in the seventh, Ellsbury drove a hanging breaking ball from right-hander Ross Stripling (4-7) into the second deck in right field to snap a scoreless tie.
Gregorius, out of the starting lineup again because of a sore rib, connected on Stripling's next pitch for his first career pinch-hit homer.
Sanchez went the opposite way against Jesse Chavez, the rookie's 14th home run in 136 at-bats this year. Starlin Castro had three hits for New York.

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