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Yankees 5; Orioles 4: Yanks hit enough to outlast O's

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Tonight the Yankees guaranteed at least a series tie with the Orioles as New York scored five runs in the first three innings to maintain the lead and outlast their opponent. The game started out with a bang as Didi Gregorius slipped on the wet grass to allow an infield single to Manny Machado. He moved to second on a ground ball and then tried to score on a Delmon Young single, but ended up getting nailed at home plate by Brett Gardner.

The Yankees came to bat and got things going in a hurry as Jacoby Ellsbury hit an infield single and Gardner doubled down the line. Alex Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly and then Brian McCann hit a two-run home run to give New York an early 3–0 lead. In the third, the Yankees got the bases loaded for Carlos Beltran and the struggling hitter doubled to score another two. McCann was called out at the plate to keep it a 5–0 game after three.

From there, the Yankees basically needed to hang on for the win. Adam Warren was only able to pitch 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on seven hits and three walks along with two strikeouts. He surrendered two walks in the fifth inning and was lifted for Justin Wilson, who gave up a single and a run to Machado. He allowed another single to Adam Jones and a Delmon Young forceout scored Baltimore's second run of the night. Wilson surrendered a two-out double to JJ Hardy in the sixth and then hit Ryan Flaherty before he was replaced by Chris Martin. The new pitcher walked Machado and allowed a two-run single to Jimmy Paredes to make it a 5–4.

On the night, Ellsbury singled and walked, McCann homered and walked, Brett Gardner collected two hits and a stolen base, Mark Teixeira collected another double and a walk, Alex Rodriguez tripled, and Stephen Drew singled. For the backend of the bullpen, Dellin Betances struck out a batter in 1.1 innings and Andrew Miller struck out a batter as he collected the save in the ninth. The Orioles out-hit the Yankees 10–8, but New York was able to outlast Baltimore to win the game.

Tomorrow the Yankees will send out Chase Whitley against Wei-Yin Chen for the series victory.