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Yankees 3, Orioles 2: Your hero, Brendan Ryan

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The Yankees picked up a solid win tonight, even as the offense struggled to score runs against Wei-Yin Chen and Nathan Eovaldi wasn't very spectacular on the mound. He led the game off with a walk of Manny Machado, but then managed to pick him off of first base after a short video review. The Yankees then came up and continued their first inning scoring barrage when Jacoby Ellsbury hit a ground-rule double, Brett Gardner drew the sac bunt, and Alex Rodriguez hit a sac fly to make it a quick 1–0 game. In the middle of the second inning, the game was put on a brief 15 minute hold because of a rain forecast that never came to be.

After returning to action, the Yankees scored again in the second when Brian McCann and Chris Young both hit safely and Chase Headley doubled in another run to make it 2–0. Eovaldi allowed his first hit in the fourth on a ground ball that Didi Gregorius was not able to get into his glove. He ended up struggling in the fifth when he walked two, but then got three ground balls to get out of the inning. Finally, Baltimore was able to get to Eovaldi when Jimmy Paredes collected the team's first solid hit to the outfield in the sixth inning. Adam Jones reached on another infield hit when Didi tried to barehand a ground ball and missed. Matt Wieters then knocked in a run and drove Eovaldi out of the game. Justin Wilson was brought into the game and promptly allowed an RBI single to J.J. Hardy to knot the game up at 2–2.

In the end, Eovaldi threw 5.2 innings while allowing two runs on four hits and three walks, managing to also strike out four hitters along the way. He seemed to show moments of brilliance early on, but by the fifth and sixth inning, Eovaldi started missing his spots and the Orioles to take advantage. He wasn't terrible, but it really isn't what the Yankees want to see night after night out of their young right-hander.

Luckily, the tie didn't last long as Gregorius singled in the bottom of the sixth with two outs and Brendan Ryan, of all people, was able to knock him in with a double down the right field line. Overall, the Yankees offense had a great night getting on base. They collected 11 hits in all with Mark Teixeira, Chris Young, and Chase Headley all collecting two hits apiece. Wei-Yin Chen was mostly able to pitch in and out of trouble, though, so the Yankees ultimately left 20 men on base over the course of the game and were unable to score with the bases loaded.

The Yankees bullpen saw Wilson start off poorly by giving up two hits and allowing an inherited runner to score over one full inning. Dellin Betances then came in to pitch part of the seventh and finished the eighth while allowing a hit and striking out two in 1.1 innings. Andrew Miller was brought out for the ninth and the Yankees closer ended the game with ease to give the Yankees the 3–2 win on a strikeout of Jonathan Schoop. The New York victory pushes up the team's lead over the Orioles in the division race and tomorrow Ivan Nova will attempt to win the series.