For the first time in nearly a month, the Yankees are over .500. The June 26th loss to the Twins put the Yankees back at .500, and ever since then, they’ve be at or below the mark. However, thanks to four RBI from Starlin Castro and mostly solid pitching, the Yankees have a winning record after a 7-1 win over the Orioles.
The Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the second. Castro crushed a two-run home run into the second deck in left field, giving the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
In the fifth inning, the Yankees added to their lead. After drawing a walk to lead off the inning, Rob Refsnyder stole second. Following Brett Gardner’s strike out, Jacoby Ellsbury punched through a single. That scored Refsnyder, making it 3-0.
Eovaldi threw a solid, scoreless five innings, but the Orioles got on the board in the sixth. With one out in the inning, Eovaldi walked Ryan Flaherty. After an Adam Jones single, Joey Rickard doubled home Flaherty. Eovaldi then walked Manny Machado, prompting Joe Girardi to go the bullpen. Eovaldi went 5.1 innings, allowing one run on four hits and two walks.
Anthony Swarzak came in and got both Mark Trumbo and Jonathan Schoop to pop up in four territory to get out of the inning.
After escaping that jam, the Yankees extended their lead. Brian McCann led off the sixth inning with a walk. After Alex Rodriguez struck out, Didi Gregorius singled. Castro then picked up another timely hit, doubling to score two runs.
Swarzak threw two more scoreless innings, before the Yankees tacked on some more in the eighth. After Rodriguez drew a walk, Gregorius and Castro both made outs. Chase Headley then homered, extending the Yankees’ lead to six runs.
Nick Goody finished off the game in the ninth, bringing the Yankees record to a sterling 47-46.
The Yankees go for a series win against the Orioles tomorrow at 7:05 PM. Michael Pineda will get the start.