Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird both homered for the second straight game, rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched six shutout innings and the New York Yankees downed the Baltimore Orioles 9-3 Saturday for their fourth win in a row.
Are 41-27 (.603) at Yankee Stadium. this season and have clinched a winning home record for the 26th consecutive season (since 1992).according to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the second-longest such streak in Major League Baseball history, trailing only the Yankees' 47-year streak from 1918-64.
NY is three games behind the Boston Red Sox and holds a five-game lead on the Minnesota Twins for the top AL wild-card spot.
NY remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and matched its season high of 15 games over.500, set in mid-June.
After earning their first two runs on a first inning sacrifice fly from Didi Gregorius and a fourth-inning error by Davis, the Orioles' first baseman, that allowed Chase Headley to score from second, the Yankees grabbed the lead on Gregorius' 22nd home run of the year, a fifth inning, two-run shot to the right-field power alley that also scored Aaron Judge.
Baltimore's latest ugly showing in NY dropped it to 1-9 in its last 10 games since Manny Machado blasted a game-winning homer off Dellin Betances on September 5.
Gregorius, who is hitting.375 (21-for-56) against Baltimore this season, hit a sacrifice fly in the first inning off Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) and hit a two-run homer in the fifth off Miguel Castro before lifting another sacrifice fly off Richard Bleier. He had struck out 11 times in his previous six games.
Jeremy Hellickson gave up six runs in the latest debacle, a 9-3 loss before 40,114.
"I felt a little tightness, "Hellickson said". "[It's] just really impressive what he's done".
In his last appearance at Yankee Stadium on April 29, he allowed seven runs in 3 1/3 innings during a 12-4 loss. It didn't really hurt or bother me. Two pitches after Judge drew his 113th walk, Gregorius blasted a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats. "I'm just trying to hit line drives". He is 2-4 with a 6.54 ERA since joining the Orioles in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. The shortstop is having a very nice season at the dish. Even if the division escapes them, NY look to be in the driver's seat for a wildcard berth.
"There's a lot of things you can look into", said Orioles manager Buck Showalter, whose team has allowed 45 of its 224 homers to the Yankees.
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Xander Bogaerts had two hits in Boston's seven-run 15th inning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. It's just a bad combination.
The Orioles also are failing to get hits as they didn't get a runner into scoring position until the seventh Saturday and didn't score until Austin Hays hit his first career homer in the ninth.
In the lineup after sitting out Friday with lower back stiffness, Frazier drove home Gregorius with a 416-foot drive to center in the seventh.