New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles

Cheryl Sanders
September 17, 2017

Behind eight sparkling innings from Luis Severino on Friday night, boosted by home runs from Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird, the Yankees put an 8-2 pounding on the Orioles, furthering Baltimore's tumble out of contention and moving to 10-4 for the month.

The Yankees are three games behind AL East-leading Boston.

NY remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and matched its season high of 15 games over.500, set in mid-June.

Didi Gregorius went 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored in a lopsided defeat of the Orioles on Saturday.

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. He gave up three earned runs on three hits with three strikeouts and four walks in 3 1/3 innings during a 16-7 win at Texas his last start. He had struck out 11 times in his previous six games.

He cracked a three-run bomb off starter Jeremy Hellickson to kick off the scoring in the third inning.

While Judge's impressive performance will grab headlines, starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's gem is just as important to the Yankees. After a brief discussion and no warmup throws, Hellickson remained in the game and walked Aaron Judge on four pitches.

Jacoby Ellsbury contributed three hits, including an RBI single in the fifth off Chris Tillman. It didn't really hurt or bother me.

Improved to 10-6 against the Orioles (6-1 at home, 4-5 on the road), clinching a winning season series against them for the first time since going 10-9 against the O's in 2013.have clinched a win in the home season series to improve to 18-2 in home season series vs. the O's since 1998.have scored 133R in 16G vs. Baltimore in 2017, the highest total by any team vs. any opponent this season. matches the most single- season runs by the Yankees vs. any opponent since 1957 (also 133R in 18G vs. Tampa in 2007). "I just couldn't execute". His career-high 23 home runs tie Derek Jeter (2004) for the second-highest total as a shortstop in franchise history, trailing Jeter's 24 in 1999.

Before Bird hit his fifth homer, Gregorius slugged his 23rd, sending a 1-0 pitch into the right field seats. They've allowed 98 runs in nine games, and the Orioles actually won one of those games and gave up just four runs.

"We've made a lot of really bad pitches that should end up in bleachers and we walk the people before they hit them", Showalter said.

Despite missing almost the entire opening month of the season, Gregorius still became the first shortstop in team history with at least 20 homers in back-to-back seasons, and he ranks third on the Yankees this season with 80 RBIs, a mark Jeter last surpassed in 2006. NY has scored 150 runs against the Orioles, setting the major league record for the most runs scored by any team against an opponent since 1961. He is 2-4 with a 6.54 ERA since joining the Orioles in a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies. It's just a bad combination.

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