Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Recap: Yankees 6, Orioles 5

Michael Pineda surrendered five earned runs in 6 1/3 innings and Stephen Drew hit a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh Monday to help the Yankees sneak past the Orioles, 6-5, in the first of three games between the two at Camden Yards.

Pineda's Win: Pineda wasn't necessarily dominant in this one, giving up five runs on nine hits as the Orioles took multiple leads throughout. He did strike out nine, however, and left with the Yanks' advantage intact after finally getting some run support. 

Drew Turns the Tides: Due to an apparent wrist injury to Brett Gardner, Drew pinch-hit with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the seventh -- making up for Gardner's absence big time with a grand slam to right-center off Tommy Hunter. The shot put the Yankees up 6-4 with just three innings remaining, causing the Yanks' dugout to erupt in celebration as Drew circled the diamond. 

Other Home Runs: Still, Drew's drive would've have meant as much had Chris Young and Mark Teixeira not also homered on the night -- Young recording a solo blast in the second and Teixeira another long ball in the fourth. Both four-baggers came off Baltimore starter Wei-Yin Chen, and kept the Yankees and Orioles even at two up until the bottom of the sixth. 

Betances Escapes Trouble: Following Pineda's removal in the seventh, Dellin Betances found himself in a bases-loaded, one-out jam with the top of the O's order set to hit  -- a recipe that usually culminates in disaster for opposing clubs. Fortunately on Monday, though, Betances was able to stop the Orioles from tying it thanks to an Alejandro De Aza force-out and a Chris Davis strikeout -- stranding three men on despite Betances' bad control. 

Miller Closes it Out: Andrew Miller then entered with one out in the eighth to officially close the door --retiring five of the six Orioles he faced while impressively fanning three. Miller has now thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings on the season, striking out six batters in total while still not allowing a hit. 

Next Up: CC Sabathia will look to end this series early Tuesday when he and the Yankees battle the Orioles again at 7:05 p.m. ET -- Sabathia's second start of 2015. He will be hoping to out-duel right-hander Miguel Gonzalez when the action airs live on the YES Network -- Gonzalez having held the Rays to one run over 5 2/3 innings in his previous outing on Wednesday. 

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