EditorsNote: Removes “to end the inning” in 9th graf
Mike Ford hit a tiebreaking homer in the top of the eighth, and Mike Tauchman added a two-run shot later in the inning as the New York Yankees set a major league mark for road home runs en route to a 9-6 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night.
Ford had just one career homer before this contest, and Tauchman finished with two on the night. Tauchman’s first, a solo shot in the sixth inning, was the Yankees’ 30th this season at Camden Yards. That set a major league mark for the most home runs by a visiting team at one ballpark in a season. The Yankees, winners of six in a row, would make it 32 on the two eighth-inning homers.
Baltimore has given up at least five homers in a game 15 times this season, a major league record, per MLB.com. The Orioles also set a major league record by allowing multiple homers in 10 consecutive games.
The Orioles also had a noteworthy performance at the plate, as shortstop Jonathan Villar hit for the cycle. He is the fifth player to hit for the cycle in Orioles history, and the first since Felix Pie in 2009.
Masahiro Tanaka started for the Yankees but gave up five runs on 10 hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 5 1/3 innings and got a no-decision.
Gabriel Ynoa began as an opener for Baltimore but lasted into the fifth. Overall, Ynoa allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in 4 2/3 innings with no walks and two strikeouts. He, too, did not figure into the decision.
Paul Fry (1-4) allowed the eighth-inning homers and took the loss. Adam Ottavino (5-3) got the victory with an inning of scoreless relief.
The Yankees took a 1-0 lead on a line drive home run from Austin Romine in the second inning. That play was reviewed as a fan in the first row in left field tried to catch the ball, but the home run call stood.
Baltimore then tied the game in the third on a Trey Mancini RBI single. That drove in Villar, who had just tripled. The Orioles tried a double steal to take the lead in the fourth, but Jace Peterson was thrown out at home by Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.
The Orioles challenged that play, but it was upheld. New York then took the lead in the fifth thanks to a two-run triple from Breyvic Valera. He then scored on a Villar throwing error to make it 4-1.
The Yankees went up 6-1 in the sixth with solo homers from Brett Gardner and Tauchman off Branden Kline.
Baltimore tied it with five in the bottom of that inning. Peterson and Villar both hit two-run homers, and Chris Davis added a sacrifice fly.
Ford and Tauchman broke the tie with their homers in the eighth. Aroldis Chapman closed it in the ninth for his 30th save.
—Field Level Media