Baltimore Beats New York in Extras, Yankees En Route to Boston
Brad Brach escaped his own bases-loaded, no-out jam in the 12th inning and the Baltimore Orioles overcame an early deficit that left their starting pitcher punching the dugout wall, holding off the New York Yankees 8-7 Sunday.
After Brach walked two batters and fumbled a bunt for an error, he got Aaron Judge to ground into a rare pitcher-to-catcher-to-third double play and struck out Giancarlo Stanton for his second save.
Stanton went 0 for 7, stranded nine runners and fanned five times for the second time in a week. He is hitting .167 and has 20 strikeouts in 42 at-bats in his first season with the Yankees. Craig Gentry’s RBI single in the 12th helped the Orioles take three of four _ the first time they’ve won three in any series at Yankee Stadium since 1997, at the old park across the street.
Baltimore starter Mike Wright Jr. got only two outs and was tagged for five runs. Frustrated, he then tagged the padded dugout wall with a five-punch combination. The righty alternated the blows, starting with his pitching hand.
Anthony Santander’s first major league homer, a two-run drive, and a two-run shot by Danny Valencia let the Orioles rally from down 5-0.
Pinch-hitter Pedro Alvarez, whose 14th-inning grand slam won Friday night’s game, drew a one-out walk in the 12th from Adam Warren (0-1). Santander singled with two outs and Gentry capped an 11-pitch at-bat with a go-ahead single.
Gentry helped preserve the tie with a twisting, diving catch in left field that took away a potential winning hit from Brett Gardner in the 10th.
Richard Bleier (1-0) pitched three scoreless innings.
This was the first series for the Yankees with two games going at least 12 innings since 2001 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.
Austin Romine greeted Orioles sidearmer Darren O’Day with his third RBI single of the game, making it 7-all in the seventh.
Wright put himself in trouble on a chilly afternoon by making a poor throw to second trying to start a double play. Rookie Miguel Andujar hit a two-run single and Romine added an RBI single.
Orioles: 1B Chris Davis didn’t play. He hasn’t been feeling well and hasn’t slept much, manager Buck Showalter said.
Yankees: Didi Gregorius didn’t start for the first time this season. He got jarred on a headfirst slide home Friday night and is “a little beat up,” manager Aaron Boone said. Gregorius entered as a pinch-hitter and stayed in at shortstop. He got a gift double in the 10th when CF Adam Jones lost his routine flyball in the sun. … C Gary Sanchez (leg cramp) got a second day off in a row.
Orioles: Return home to play Toronto on Monday. RHP Dylan Bundy has pitched well in two starts, getting no-decisions vs. Minnesota and Houston. He’s allowed just one run in 13 innings, striking out 15.
Yankees: After a day off, New York opens a three-game series at Boston. RHP Luis Severino (2-0, 1.38) faces LHP Chris Sale (0-0, 0.82). Boone faces the Red Sox for the first time with the Yankees since hitting an 11th-inning home run to win Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS at Yankee Stadium. “I hear about it all the time. I heard about it on the ride into the park today from our Uber driver. He had a story involved,” Boone said. Apparently, the man got so excited, he jumped over something and cut his arm, Boone relayed.