Yankees overcome five run deficit to take series opener in Baltimore
The Yankees defeated the Orioles at Camden Yards on Monday night by a score of 10-7. J.A. Happ got the start for the Yankees, struggling against Baltimore yet again. He would end up going just 3 2/3 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits while walking one and striking out three. The Orioles got on the board early, as a first-inning RBI double from Trey Mancini to score Hanser Alberto put the Orioles up 1-0. Pedro Severino added another run in the opening frame with an RBI single to bring Mancini home.
Gleyber Torres provides the Yankees’ first run of the game in the top of the second with a solo home run, his ninth of the year and seventh against Baltimore. However, the Orioles added two more runs in the third with solo homers by Alberto and Renato Nuñez. Alberto extended the lead to 5-1 in the fourth with an RBI single to score Richie Martin and was brought around to score on an RBI single by Dwight Smith Jr. The Yankees drew closer in the sixth with an RBI single by Gary Sanchez to score DJ LeMahieu and an RBI ground-out by Kendrys Morales to score Aaron Hicks that made it 6-3.
Trey Mancini got the Orioles a run back in the bottom of the inning with a sacrifice fly to score Smith Jr., giving the Orioles a 7-3 lead. LeMahieu got the run back in the seventh with an RBI single to score Gio Urshela, and the Yankees would add another run via a throwing error by Smith Jr. on an Aaron Hicks fly out, making it a 7-5 ballgame.
Torres hit his second solo shot of the game in the eighth to make it a one-run game, and after back-to-back singles by Brett Gardner and Cameron Maybin to lead off the bottom of the ninth, and a sac fly by Hicks would bring home Gardner as the tying run. Following a pop up in foul territory that Orioles’ catcher Pedro Severino was unable to locate and catch, Luke Voit walked to bring up Gary Sanchez, who connected on a 1-1 pitch from Mychal Givens to give the Yankees a 10-7 lead.
Aroldis Chapman came on to record the final three outs of the game, securing his 12th save of the season. The Yankees move to 29-17 on the season and are now a full game up on the second place Tampa Bay Rays. They’ll look to win their tenth consecutive game at Camden Yards tomorrow night as they send Domingo Germán to the mound. He’ll look to continue his stellar season, in which he boasts an 8-1 record to compliment a 2.50 ERA, which is fourth in the American League and ninth in Major League Baseball. Opposite him for the Orioles will be David Hess, who is looking to turn his season around, coming into Tuesday night’s contest with a 1-5 record to go along with a 5.58 ERA in nine starts. First pitch is set for 7:05 PM ET.