New York Yankees power way to rout of Baltimore Orioles

By Jeff Seidel, The Sports Xchange  |  Sept. 7, 2017 at 11:32 PM
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BALTIMORE -- Aaron Judge and Chase Headley each hit two-run homers as the New York Yankees belted four en route to a 9-1 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in the finale of a three-game series Thursday afternoon at Camden Yards.

Starlin Castro and Todd Frazier both added solo homers as the Yankees (75-64) took two of three in this series, the first time they won a series in Baltimore since September, 2014.

They had lost 11 straight series at Camden Yards.

New York also had some emotion pushing it in this game as former player and long-time executive Gene Michael passed away at the age of 79 earlier in the day.

This game was rained out Wednesday and moved to today, costing both teams an off-day. New York now heads to Texas while Baltimore (71-68) is off to Cleveland to face the red-hot Indians.

Starter Sonny Gray (3-4 with Yankees, 9-9 overall) turned in his second solid effort in three starts. He gave up one unearned run and scattered five hits in 5 2/3 innings.

The Yankees took charge quickly, scoring three runs in the first inning and two more in the third versus Baltimore starter Kevin Gausman (10-10), who had a short afternoon.

He lasted just those three innings and gave up five runs on five hits while being hurt by three walks, two of whom scored.

In fact, Gausman walked Brett Gardner to start the game, and the left fielder scored with two outs on a Didi Gregorius double. Judge followed with a long home run to center for a quick 3-0 lead.

Matt Holliday added an RBI single followed by Jacoby Ellsbury's RBI when he grounded into a forceout in the third. Headley made it 7-0 with his two-run blast off Mike Wright in the fourth.

Castro's solo shot against Donnie Hart in the sixth stretched the lead to 8-0. Frazier hit his solo homer in the seventh off Richard Rodriguez.

Baltimore's lone run came in the sixth when Adam Jones scored on a throwing error.

NOTES: There was a moment of silence observed before the game for long-time Yankee executive/player Gene Michael, who died Thursday of a heart attack at age 79. New York also wore black armbands in the game. Michael hired Orioles manager Buck Showalter to be in the Yankees' manager for the 1992 season. ...Baltimore traded minor league RHP Jon Keller to the Rockies to finish the April 7 trade where the Orioles acquired RHP Miguel Castro. ...The Orioles also recalled RHP Mike Wright from Triple-A Norfolk on Thursday, giving their tired bullpen some help.

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