Yan­kees rally for a win over Ori­oles

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Ron­ald Blum

On the verge of as­sur­ing at least a tiebreaker for a play­off berth, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles stum­bled.

Tyler Austin tied the score with a sev­enth-in­ning home run, Austin Romine and Brett Gard­ner drove in two runs each in the eighth and the New York Yan­kees ral­lied from a three-run deficit to beat the Ori­oles 7-3 Satur­day.

Bal­ti­more (88-73) and Toronto (87-73) lead for the AL’s two wild cards, with Detroit (86-73) a half-game be­hind the Blue Jays and Seat­tle (86-74) a half-game back of the Tigers.

The Blue Jays, Tigers and Mariners all played Satur­day night, and be­cause the Blue Jays beat Bal­ti­more 10-9 in the sea­son se­ries, the Ori­oles may have cost them­selves their chance to host the wild-card game.

With the score 3-all against the al­ready-elim­i­nated Yan­kees, All-Star setup man Brad Brach re­lieved with one out in the eighth and walked pinch­hit­ter Ja­coby Ells­bury. Chase Headley fol­lowed with his sec­ond dou­ble of the game, just past the glove of div­ing first base­man Chris Davis and down the right-field line.

Romine sin­gled to left over the drawn-in in­field. Third base coach Joe Es­pada gave Headley a stop sign, but Headley kept go­ing and made con­tact with third base um­pire Jim Reynolds, who sig­naled Headley should be al­lowed to score as Nolan Reimold’s throw bounced off line.

Brach walked Ron­ald Tor­reyes with two outs, Oliver Drake re­lieved and Gard­ner dou­bled to left. Brach was charged with a sea­son-high four runs.

Tyler Clip­pard (2-3) pitched a per­fect eighth, and Dellin Be­tances struck out the side af­ter an in­field hit in the ninth. The Yan­kees stopped the Ori­oles’ three-game win­ning streak and sent them to their sec­ond loss in eight games.

Mark Trumbo had four hits for Bal­ti­more, which built a 3-0 lead against Luis Sev­erino on Michael Bourn’s two-run sin­gle in the sec­ond and Manny Machado’s 37th home run. Machado’s third-in­ning, op­po­site-field drive to right ended an 0-for-17 slide.

Austin sparked the come­back against tir­ing Wade Mi­ley with an RBI sin­gle in the fifth and a home run in the sev­enth around Headley’s run-scor­ing dou­ble in the sixth.

Com­ing off an 11-strike­out win over Ari­zona, Mi­ley fanned nine, walked one and al­lowed nine hits in six­plus in­nings.

Start­ing af­ter the Yan­kees de­cided to skip Masahiro Tanaka’s fi­nal turn, Sev­erino al­lowed three runs and five hits in 3 2/3 in­nings.

The 22-year-old righthander was de­moted to the mi­nors three times this year and fin­ished with a 5.83 ERA af­ter go­ing 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA as a rookie.

New York wants him to de­velop a changeup to go with his 97 mph fast­ball and slider. Be­cause he doesn’t have a con­sis­tent third pitch, the Yan­kees could shift him to the bullpen.

“I think it’s a topic of dis­cus­sion for the win­ter,” Yan­kees man­ager Joe Gi­rardi said be­fore the game. “I think what you try to do next spring is you take the 12 best pitch­ers when you leave camp.”

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