John Ryan Murphy hit a clutch 2-run double, and the bullpen pitched 4 1/3 scoreless, hitless innings as the Yanks snapped their three-game losing streak by beating Baltimore 5-3 Sunday afternoon. The win snapped the Orioles’ six-game winning streak. The win also enabled the Yanks to stay tied for first in the AL East with Tampa Bay. Toronto won their eleventh in a row to stay one back. The Orioles are three back.
The Yanks got a run in the first on a Mark Teixeira double, but starter Adam Warren gave two back in the bottom of the inning. A SF by Brett Gardner tied it in the top of the second but the Orioles went ahead 3-2 in the fourth.
In the fifth, four straight walks tied the game for the Yanks but with the bases loaded and no one out, both Stephen Drew and Didi Gregorius struck out. Murphy, the young backup catcher trying to adjust to his new role, was hitting just .208 with three RBI entering the game, but his 2-run double proved to be the game winner. His three hits in the game raised his average from .208 to .250.
It isn’t easy going from playing every day in the minors to playing once a week in the majors. Big day for the kid.
Warren went just 4 2/3, but the bullpen saved the day. The Yanks are now 34-28 and lose the DH for a couple of days while they are in Miami facing the Marlins.
Warren 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 walks and 5 K. 3.78
Shreve (W, 3-1, 2.05) 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 walk and 1 K.
Wilson 2 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 3 K. 3.52.
Betances (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 0.27.