Yan­kees hit 3 HRs, back Mont­gomery in win over Ori­oles

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Scott Org­era

Didi Gre­go­rius and Greg Bird both home­red for the se­cond straight game, rookie Jor­dan Mont­gomery pitched six shutout in­nings and the New York Yan­kees downed the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 9-3 Satur­day for their fourth win in a row.

The Yan­kees (82-66) ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the se­cond-long­est such streak in ma­jor league his­tory be­hind their own 39 straight from 1926-64.

The Yan­kees be­gan the day three games be­hind AL Eastlead­ing Bos­ton. New York was atop the wild-card race, four games ahead of Min­nesota.

Gre­go­rius and Bird each hit three-run homers and Todd Fra­zier added a two-run shot as the Yan­kees won for the sev­enth time in eight games. They are a sea­son-high 16 games over .500.

Bal­ti­more has lost nine of 10 as it con­tin­ues to fall out of play­off con­tention.

Mont­gomery (8-7) scat­tered four hits in his fifth start against the Ori­oles this year. The rookie left-han­der struck out six and walked one.

Man­ager Buck Showal­ter, pitch­ing coach Roger McDow­ell and a trainer came out to check on starter Jeremy Hel­lick­son (8-10) af­ter a two-out walk to Chase Headley in the third. Af­ter a brief dis­cus­sion and no warmup throws, Hel­lick­son re­mained in the game and walked Aaron Judge on four pitches.

Gre­go­rius fol­lowed by driv­ing a 1-0 fast­ball into the right field seats, giv­ing the Yan­kees a 3-0 lead. His ca­reer-high 23 home runs tie Derek Jeter (2004) for the se­cond-high­est to­tal as a short­stop in fran­chise his­tory,

trail­ing Jeter’s 24 in 1999.

Bird chased Hel­lick­son in the fourth, hit­ting a shot deep into the se­cond deck in right that dou­bled the score to 6-0.

Hel­lick­son al­lowed mul­ti­ple homers for the ninth time this sea­son. The vet­eran right-han­der is 2-5 with a 7.29 ERA since be­ing traded from Philadel­phia on July 28.

The Yan­kees have scored 150 runs against Bal­ti­more this sea­son, the most by any team ver­sus an op­po­nent since 1961.

In the lineup af­ter sit­ting out Fri­day with lower back stiff­ness, Fra­zier drove home Gre­go­rius with a 416foot drive to cen­ter in the sev­enth. It was his 26th homer of the sea­son and 10th with New York.

Ori­oles out­fielder Austin Hays sin­gled in the third for his first ma­jor league hit, and added a two-run homer off Chasen Shreve in the ninth.

Shreve was pulled af­ter load­ing the bases with two outs. Gio­vanny Gal­le­gos balked in a run be­fore fan­ning An­thony San­tander.

Judge struck out for the ma­jor league-lead­ing 196th time, break­ing a tie with Cur­tis Gran­der­son for most in Yan­kees his­tory.

Headley ex­tended his hit­ting streak to 14 games with a sixth-in­ning sin­gle.

RE­IN­FORCE­MENTS

The Yan­kees re­called INF Miguel An­du­jar and RHP Jonathan Holder from Triple-A be­fore the game. Back in June, An­du­jar be­came the first rookie in fran­chise his­tory to col­lect at least three hits and four RBIs in his de­but. Holder is 1-1 with a 3.58 ERA in 34 ap­pear­ances with New York this year.

Ori­oles LHP Tan­ner Scott was with the team and on the taxi squad. He will be ac­ti­vated Sun­day.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Ori­oles: J.J. Hardy (bro­ken right wrist) started at short­stop, go­ing 2 for 3 with a walk and scor­ing a run in his first game since June 18. The two-time All-Star was ac­ti­vated from the 60-day DL on Sept. 8.

Yan­kees: RHP Adam War­ren (lower back spasm) was ex­pected to throw on flat ground Satur­day.

JULIE JA­COB­SON — ASSOCIATED PRESS

New York Yan­kees pitcher Jor­dan Mont­gomery de­liv­ers against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles dur­ing the first in­ning of a base­ball game, Satur­day, Sept. 16, 2017, in New York.

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