Yankees top Orioles 4-1 in series opener, Gray gets the win
The Yankees opened up their series with the Orioles with a 4-1 victory on Friday night. Sonny Gray got the start looking to bounce back from his rough outing against the Angels last Saturday in which he allowed five runs on seven hits over 3 ⅔ innings in the Yankees’ 11-4 loss. He would do just that, going six strong, allowing only one run on four hits while walking none and striking out six. The lone run Sonny surrendered came in the first inning when he allowed a solo home run to Manny Machado, his seventeenth of the year. Gleyber Torres tied the game up at one in the third with an RBI single off of Andrew Cashner to score Neil Walker. Greg Bird gave the Yankees the lead in the fifth with an RBI triple to deep center field to score Brett Gardner, making it a 2-1 game. Austin Romine extended his hitting streak to ten games with an RBI double to score Didi Gregorius and make it 3-1 Yankees. Aaron Judge tacked on another run in the seventh with a long home run to left field off of Tanner Scott to make it 4-1. The home run was Judge’s 16th of the year, and 14th career home run against Baltimore. The Yankees’ bullpen combined for three innings one one hit, shutout work to get the final nine outs of the game. Chad Green pitched the seventh, Dellin Betances the eighth, and Aroldis Chapman to close it out in the ninth, picking up his thirteenth save of the season. The Yankees move to 36-17 on the season, having lost the fewest games of any team. They now trail the Red Sox (39-19) by half a game in the division lead, having played five fewer games. They look to do their part in regaining sole possession of first place in the division tomorrow as Masahiro Tanaka goes up against Kevin Gausman. First pitch is set for 4:05 PM ET.