09/15 22:35 CDT Gardner's 2-run single in 9th lifts Yankees over Orioles 4-3
Gardner's 2-run single in 9th lifts Yankees over Orioles 4-3
By TODD KARPOVICH
BALTIMORE (AP) --- Brett Gardner blooped a two-run single in the ninth inning
that was set up by a double steal, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore
Orioles 4-3 Wednesday night for their third straight win.
The Yankees kept pace with Toronto and Boston atop the AL wild-card standings
as all three teams won. New York improved to 82-64 and clinched its 29th
consecutive winning season, the second-longest streak in MLB history, behind
its own 39-year run from 1926-64.
"That's a situation you want to be in," Gardner said. "You want to be up there
with the game on the line. I feel like I've been having pretty good at-bats
recently and seeing the ball well. "
Austin Hays homered twice for the Orioles, including a two-out, two-run drive
in the eighth off Chad Green for a 3-2 lead. The homer came soon after second
baseman Gleyber Torres knocked down a hard liner and instead of throwing to
second to get the lead runner, tossed to first to put out Cedric Mullins.
"Obviously a hard hit ball and a good on of stopping it," Yankees manager Aaron
Boone said. "It was a play where he should have gone to second if he had the
time, but he wound up taking the out at first."
Orioles reliever Tyler Wells (2-3) walked Luke Voit to begin the ninth and
Torres followed with a single. Pinch-runner Tyler Wade and Torres pulled off a
double steal with one out as it began to rain.
Gardner followed with a single to center that scored both runs, much to the
delight of their fans that flocked to Camden Yards.
"That ?s the guy you want up," Wade said about Gardner. "He's been in those
situations all the time for 10 or 11 years. His heart beats really slow and he
knows exactly what he needs to do and he came through tonight."
Wandy Peralta (5-3) earned the win and Aroldis Chapman got his 27th save.
Gio Urshela launched a two-run homer into the left-center bleachers in the
third. Urshela took over as the full-time shortstop this week for the
error-prone Torres and had a diving catch off a hard liner by Austin Wynns for
the final out in the fifth.
Mullins took a two-run homer away from Gary Sanchez in the second with a
leaping grab over the center-field fence. Orioles starter John Means pointed to
Mullins in celebration and Sanchez walked back to the dugout in disbelief.
Means had another effective outing and allowed two runs and four hits with four
strikeouts and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. It was the fifth time this season
the Orioles failed to score a run when Means was on the mound.
Hays homered in the sixth and added his 20th of the season in the eighth.
"That was a tough one for us," Hays said. "We were able to force the issue and
get the lead but unfortunately we were not able to get the win tonight."
As the Orioles grounds crew was poised to roll out the tarp because of an
impending rainstorm in the ninth, third base umpire Tim Timmons waved them off
the field with two strikes to Gardner. More than a dozen grounds crew members
scurried down the line in right and off the field. It began to rain about five
minutes later, but the cover was never placed over the diamond. Gardner fouled
off three more pitches before delivering the go-ahead hit.
Yankees: RHP Domingo Germn (right shoulder inflammation) did not have any
issues after pitching for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday and could
rejoin the team as a reliever after one more rehab outing. German has gone 4-5
with a 4.45 ERA over 21 games (18 starts) this season.
Orioles: DH Trey Mancini left the game Tuesday night with soreness in his right
oblique/abdomen and was initially back in the lineup before being scratched.
... C Pedro Severino still has discomfort in his upper leg/groin area and is
Yankees: LHP John Montgomery (5-6, 3.71 ERA) picked up the win against
Baltimore with six scoreless innings on April 5, but he didn't last past the
fifth inning in his next two starts against them and did not get a decision.
Orioles: LHP Chris Ellis (1-0, 2.08 ERA) has pitched well since being claimed
off waivers from Tampa Bay in August, allowing five runs with 11 strikeouts
over 17 2/3 innings.
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