Greg Bird’s three-run HR in the seventh broke a 5-5 tie as the Yanks beat Baltimore Monday afternoon to get to 1/2 game behind Toronto (who lost to Boston), but the good news about the win was tempered by the fact that the Yanks are shutting down Nathan Eovaldi (elbow inflammation) for two weeks.
The Yanks got a gift run in the first when a two-out Chris Young popup was misplayed into an RBI single.
Michael Pineda then gave up four runs, three on a HR, in the second. To his credit, he settled down after that.
Young doubled in a run in the third to cut the lead to 4-2.
The Yanks went up 5-4 in the fifth. A-Rod’s 29th HR (683 career) made it 4-3. Hit #3054 passed Rod Carew on the all-time hit list and put him one behind Rickey Henderson. Later in the inning, John Ryan Murphy put the Yanks up 5-4 with a 2-run HR (3).
With one more HR, A-Rod, who last had a 30 HR season in 2010, would have his fifteenth 30 HR season, a feat accomplished only by Henry Aaron.
The Yanks are 10 victories away from 10000 in their history.
Justin Wilson gave up a game-tying HR in the top of the seventh, but Bird’s fifth HR of the season put the Yanks up 8-5. Andrew Miller gave up a run in the ninth for the final tally of 8-6.
Dellin Betances made the Yankees fans squirm in the eighth when he walked two, struck out two, gave up another walk to load the bases but then got another strikeout.
Pineda 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 2 walks and 5 K. 4.15
Wilson 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 walks and 1 K. 3.20
Betances 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 3 walks and 3 K. 1.38
Miller (32nd save) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 walk and 2 K. 1.94.
Earlier in the day, the Yanks brought back Chris Capuano from SWB. The guy has nine lives…
Hopefully Eovaldi is OK, but he’ll be shut down for two weeks. Guess CC is coming back at the right time. He comes back, Eovaldi shut down. So much for that six-man rotation….
The Yanks magic # to reach at least the wild card game is 20.