Yanks downplaying another rout of Orioles
NEW YORK – The New York Yankees aren’t going to go too in-depth about why they play so well against the Baltimore Orioles, especially at Yankee Stadium.
They’re just glad it’s occurring this time of the year.
Didi Gregorius, Greg Bird and Todd Frazier homered as the Yankees clinched their 25th straight winning season with a 9-3 victory over the Orioles on Saturday.
The Yankees (82-66) went a seasonhigh 16 games over .500 by beating the Orioles for the 12th time in 18 meetings and eighth time in nine encounters in New York.
“They’re a really good team,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “They’ve been a really good team. They’ve been a playoff team, and offensively they’ve been extremely dangerous.
“They’ve had a strong back of the bullpen. This year we’ve played better against them and we’ve been able to contain their offense a little bit more. To be able to do what we did the last few days, our pitchers have done a really good job.”
New York increased its run total against Baltimore to 150, setting the major league record for the most runs scored by any team against an opponent since 1961. The previous mark was 146 set by the 2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
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Gregorius and Bird hit three-run homers off Jeremy Hellickson (2-5) in the third and fourth innings while Frazier slugged a long two-run homer off Donnie Hart in the seventh.
Jacoby Ellsbury contributed three hits, including an RBI single in the fifth off Chris Tillman.
Those hits gave the Yankees a sixth straight home game with at least eight runs against the Orioles. It is their longest streak at home in the last century against any opponent.
More importantly than records or statistics, the offense allowed the Yankees to mostly coast to their 12th win in 16 games since getting swept by the Cleveland Indians in New York Aug. 28-30.
Jordan Montgomery (8-7) didn’t allow a runner to reach second base and held Baltimore to four hits in six scoreless innings.
While the Yankees were enjoying their latest romp over the Orioles, Baltimore had little answers for another lopsided game in New York. The Orioles set a franchise record for runs allowed to an opponent since moving from St. Louis following the 1953 season.
“There’s a look of things you can look into,” Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. “We’ve made a lot of really bad pitches that should end up in bleachers and we walk the people before they hit them. It’s just a bad combination.”